Another week of classes completed which means another "API Friday" excursion! This week we hopped on a bus and drove just a mere hour and a half out of the Capital Federal limits to a traditional estancia (farm). While it was just outside the city limits it felt like we had traveled to years far removed from the bright lights and bustle of the city life, to a time where the sun was your clock and horses were your only form of transportation. Once again we lucked out with the weather and it was an absolutely beautiful day. After bumping down a dirt road we arrived at the cast iron gates that marked the estancia and were greeted on the sprawling grounds with fresh, hot empanadas and refreshments. After our quick snack we were immediately guided over to the barns where the horses were all saddled up waiting for us. With the assistance of the gauchos (simply put, the Argentine version of "cowboys") we were all hoisted onto our horses and ready to go on a trail excursion all within the span of about 10 minutes. And unlike the States where you have to go through a quick safety lesson and get fitted for a helmet and all that fun stuff, we just hopped on and went. It was fantastic. For half an hour we just meandered through the vast acres of Argentine countryside on natural horse power. There were no specific rules (mainly because the horses were the ultimate boss) but you could trot when you wanted, veer a little off course, and simply enjoy the ride. But by that time we were all starting to get pretty hungry so we dismounted from the horses and soaked up the sun and played a little bit of soccer while we waited for lunch. And just like the cattle grazing in the fields, as soon as the bell rang out we all rushed to the elongated picnic table set up for us, practically drooling at the smell of the asado (Argentine "BBQ") floating over us.