The pier and clubrooms of the Fishing Club, looking out over the Rio de la Plata.
Did our touristy ¨Day in the Country´today. Collected at 9.30am and spent the next hour picking up everyone else on the tour. Normally we would then get quite a good view of the city as we drove north, but the heavy pall of smoke meant the view was virtually non-existent. Lots of fires have been lit in the countryside during the strikes, some by the farmers, others by people trying to upset the farmers. We stopped en route to the farm for restrooms and the ever-present tourist shop, then arrived at our destination around noon. We were greeted with wine and empanadas (very nice!) before being given a tour of the farm buildings. The guide was very proud to shunt us all through one of the hotel rooms, quite weird getting a guided tour of a bedroom and bathroom, but there you go! We then went outside to experience country life ie: take a 10 minute horse ride and a 10 minute ride in a horse and cart.
The intrepid horse trekkers at Don Silvano!
The horse ride was the simplest we´ve ever done, you just sit there and the horse does the rest, they´re very well trained! Noel had his first ride, and can´t say he was particularly excited by the whole experience, but done it now! The cart we went in had absolutely no suspension and felt like it was going to tip over every time we turned a bend. The little boy sitting opposite us kept yelling ¨we´re all gonna die!´every time we went over a bump, so quite amusing really. After a quick look around the souvenir shop and the animal section, we went into the restaurant for lunch. Lunch was pretty good, as much food (salad, asado of meat and chicken) and drink as you wanted, including wine. During the meal, we were given a performance of song and dance.
Noel proudly astride his first horse!
The guide, Roberto, had a terrific voice and had just retired from one of the big tango shows in Buenos Aires
so we got an excellent performance of songs from the different regions of Argentina. A couple of dancers also showed us a few of the regional dances and costumes, and we all got up to try tango at the end. Noel says it´s not too difficult, but Melissa had to point out that he wasn´t actually very good at it (neither was she)! The day ended with a gaucho show, the cowboys doing tricks on their horses. Melissa was presented with a ring one of the cowboys hooked off a pole at high-speed, so had to kiss the gaucho. Noel, as her partner, had to kiss the horse! After a final cup of mate tea and some pastries, we boarded the bus to head back to Buenos Aires. The roads in the centre were pretty busy and a bit confused as many had been blocked off for the big march this afternoon supporting the government. The protestors here are very polite and take it in turns to say their piece, unfortunately that means that someone is doing something every day and making a bit of nuisance of themselves.