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Family Reunion, 2 Weeks in a Row!

In the last two weeks, we have had two IFSA excursions: the first one to a bodega (winery) for a gustación (tasting) and an elaborate lunch, and the second one to the Valle Grande in San Rafael, about 3.5 hours south of the city of Mendoza (but still in the Mendoza province) for a relaxing weekend getaway from the city.

There isn’t a whole lot that I would like to say about the two excursions, other than the fact that they were both a lot of fun, and flawlessly organized (all of the IFSA excursions are impeccably put together: it’s like they have been doing it for so long they have every minute down to a science!) I think I laughed harder this weekend than any other time that I have been in Argentina this far. Even though I haven’t spent a LOT of time with IFSA kids during my stay here (I have tried to spend more time with the Argentines so that I can practice/improve my Spanish), I am so thankful that they are here, to share the experiences and to experience the culture shock together. We understand each other when one of us is frustrated with the Argentine school system, or craving peanut butter and spicy food, in a way that the Argentines can’t relate. And this weekend was like a big family reunion, because we were all in the same place, enjoying each other’s company and comparing our “Argentine” lives.

Check out the photos below for a more detailed account of my past two weekends! I think in this case, the pictures speak louder than words (and besides, who wants to read another long post?)!

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