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Thomas: La enstancia!

September 10, 2011

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On Friday my class hopped on a bus and headed West to the antique Estancia Los Talas, a traditional cattle ranch located on the outskirts of the city of Luján, Argentina. The ranch was founded in 1824 and the granddaughter of the original owner still resides there with several family members. Everything inside the ranch house was nearly all original and very upscale. A huge library is also on the ranch. The library houses thousands of books, some dating back to the 1500s. Today, the collection of rare books are used by researchers from all over the world.

Outside, we had our first asado, a traditional Argentinian barbeque, typically held every Sunday with family. All parts of the cow or pig are grilled on a fire pit and served with empanades and wine. Following the meal, the family will sit around the table and talk for a few hours, usually for the rest of the afternoon.

The food at our asado was delicious. We were served two empanades, at least three different types of meat; sausage, blood sausage, and a couple different cuts of steak, a few bottles of wine to share, and a custard/creme brulee type of dessert with homemade dulce de leche. It was delicious and we were all stuffed by the end. It was a beautiful day and really nice to get out of the city for a day.

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