Sunday, August 24, 2008

Road Trip Through Argentina

So I've finally been able to upload some photos of my trip. Just a little background information: we drove from Rio Gallegos to the province of Catamarca which took three days. We spent 3 days in the Pueblo of Fiambala and stayed at the vineyard of family friend were we went horseback riding, ate fresh goat, and bathed in hots prings. From there we drove to Tinogasta for two days. We stayed with my host dad's relatives. We added an extra stop (and an extra day of driving) to the trip, making the city of Salta our last, and best stop. We arrived at around 6:00 PM for a surprise birthday party of a family friend. Everyone danced until around 4 in the morning (a typical Argentine Saturday).

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Buenos Aires to Rio Gallegos Via Ushuaia

Pictures Thus Far

Changes in Lattitudes, Changes in Attitudes

I’m on the plane now from Buenos Aires to Rio Gallegos. I just spent the last three days in an old nunnery with about 100 other exchange students from around the world learning about Argentine culture and customs. It was a little strange being closed off from Argentina with people speaking a dozen different languages yet knowing that just outside the gates of the nunnery was a foreign country.
Luciano, the AFS volunteer for Rio Gallegos, met with us in Buenos Aires to discuss life in Rio. It turns out he knows my host family pretty well and told me today that the family called his cell phone to say hi to me and that they were excited to meet me. How’s that for hospitality? Luciano has arranged for me to take special Spanish classes in the morning and go to “La Universidad Nacional de Patagonia Austral” in the evenings. He also told me he would talk to his friends that cycle in Rio and see if they can include me in some of their rides.
There are four other exchange students (all from Europe) that are going to Rio. But more about that later, we are getting ready to make a stop in the Southern most city in the world.