University of Wisconsin–Madison

An IFSA Thanksgiving-Hello Uruguay!

Hello everyone! I realize that I am SERIOUSLY behind on my blog posts, and I apologize for that. The past two months have been packed with some pretty life changing events (both good and bad)…and I’ve fallen behind on my blogging as a consequence. However, I can promise you that the wait will be worth it. I have lots of stories to tell! This post is dedicated to a beautiful weekend back in November…. Thanksgiving!

Since Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in Argentina (obviously) and since turkey can be very hard to come by, my program director, Mario, organized an IFSA Thanksgiving celebration in the beautiful country of Uruguay! All of the students from my exchange program were invited to attend, and we spent a lovely weekend soaking up the sun and enjoying each other’s company for the last time as many of the IFSA students were heading home to the USA soon after.

Our Thanksgiving feast took place at Mario’s vacation house, located on a stunning lemon farm about an hour by boat from good’ole Buenos Aires. Apparently the house is often rented out as a Bed and Breakfast when it is not in use, so you can image how glorious it must have been. Below, you will find pictures of the pool, house, and grounds that my friends and I spent the majority of the day exploring. Besides the wonderful feast that had all of the American classics (minus the cranberries for which my program director searched valiantly but failed to find), I drank freshly squeezed lemonade with mint made from lemons grown on the farm. This was by far the BEST lemonade I have ever tasted…and I could spend days just drinking that stuff.

In the evening, we left Mario’s house to tour the historic town of Colonia, Uruguay: a unique place due to the mix of Portuguese and Spanish architecture. We spent the night there and woke up early the next morning to drive to Punta del Este, a place where many travelers go to vacation in the summer. I wasn’t a hug fan of the town itself, the place is basically just hotels and some restaurants, but I enjoyed spending two days doing nothing but sitting on the beach and playing in the waves after the stress of finals.

Although it was great to spend Thanksgiving on the beach, it struck me that this was the first Thanksgiving I have ever spent away from my family. To me, the essence of Thanksgiving is about spending time with loved ones, and I am glad that although I missed seeing the smiling faces of my extended family (and my Aunt Mikki’s killer desserts!), I had some wonderful life-long friends (as cheesy as it sounds) to stand in for them.

Give thanks, live, love, laugh.

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