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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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Thavy: Estancia

November 16, 2010

About 2 weeks ago I went on a class field trip to an Estancia in San Antonio de Areco, about an hour outside of Buenos Aires. This was the second field trip to an Estancia. The first estancia was amazing. We had an asado, which consisted of a large cookout with a different types of meats and wine. The food just keep coming. There was a point where I felt so sick because I ate too much food. The problem was that the food was too delicious for me to stop. The first Estancia consisted mainly of eating and exploring the estancia.

The second Estancia was just as fun. Though it would had been more fun if it had not been raining. When we arrived at the estancia, we were given wine, sodas, and empanadas (amazingly delicious). We couldn’t do much on the estancia because of the rain, so most of us sat around inside. Although there was not much to do, we were given an opportunity to go horseback riding. I had so much fun horseback riding in the rain, even though it was for a short period of time. We spent the rest of the day sitting next to a fire place and eating lunch. It was a lot of fun.

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Samantha: Fiestas Patrias

September 26, 2009

The 18th of September is the date that Chile celebrates their patriotism. Almost every family has an asado which is a barbeque. I started celebrating on Thursday the 17th with an asado at my friend Nicolas’ house, with his family and family friends. On Friday the 18th my family had friends over for another asado. People started arriving at 2pm and didn’t leave until 11pm!! Everyone brought a salad to contribute to the meal. On Friday night I went to a friend’s house in Concon which is 30 minutes from where I live for yet another asado!!! On Saturday my entire extended Chilean family came over for… you guessed it another asado. This was by far the biggest family gathering I have seen in my life. I thought that gatherings with my Juve side of the family were big with 25 people, until I helped cook, serve and clean up after 40 people! Every chair, table, fork and plate that my family owns was occupied. Somehow they convinced me to dress in the traditional Chilean dress and dance the cueca which is the national dance of Chile.

For Four days there is a huge fair in a park near my house. There were typical carnival rides and games, artisan stands, as well as more than forty food stands that served a variety of food and beverages.

People also celebrate by going to Ramadas which are tent like structures made from branches and canvas. There is a cover charge to enter but you are able listen to live music, dance, eat and drink. I still haven’t caught up on the sleep that I lost over las fiestas patrias and I don’t care to eat meat or anything grilled for a very very long time!!!
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