Uruguay Round 2
With only a week left before returning the U.S., IFSA took us to the program director’s estate in Colonia, Uruguay for Thanksgiving. It was the first time I have spent Thanksgiving away from family, but it really is hard to complain when the alternative is going to a lemon orchard to have a meal prepared by a professional chef in sunny, beautiful Uruguay. After taking the ferry from Buenos Aires early in the morning, we got to Colonia and were shown around the estate. It was absurdly beautiful and tranquil, and the meal was worth the wait. The turkey was great, but it wasn’t even close to the highlight of the meal. The pumpkin pie was probably the best pumpkin pie I have ever consumed in my life, and it didn’t hurt that it was handed to us on a platter on the poolside. I have never felt more like an important person in my life. We spent the rest of the day lounging next to the pool and walking around Colonia. It was a perfect Thanksgiving.
The rest of the trip was spent in Punta del Este, a beautiful beach town. While going to the beach and relaxing was great, my favorite aspect of the trip was saying goodbye to everyone I’ve met in my four months in Argentina. I am going to miss Buenos Aires a lot, but the hardest part about going home for me is easily leaving behind all the friends I have made. There was no better way to enjoy some time together without the distractions of finals than sitting on the beach. Being one of the palest people on earth, the sunburn later was not ideal. However, overall it reminded me how absolutely blessed I am to have had this opportunity to come to South America, meet a lot of interesting people, see some of the most beautiful places on earth, and improve my Spanish.