Being in Argentina, this is my first experience where I do not understand the native language. Before this trip, I never understood what it was like to have someone talk to you and have no idea what he or she is saying. I now have a new sympathy for immigrants and tourists who take chances and go beyond their comfort zone to experience a new culture.
Three days in and my trip has been fabulous, complete with learning to tango dance and riding a horse a gaucho ranch. The biggest lesson so far has been how there are always a few things humans comprehend, no matter their native language. All people from all countries can share music, animals, and a smile.
The old cowboys are called gauchos. Similar to the United States western cowboys, these guys use horses to ranch cattle. We were able to tour a historic house and ride horses on a trail. Lunch was served in a large dining hall where people from around the world enjoyed the food; a few even enjoyed the blood sausage that was served (use your imagination of what it is made from). After singing and dancing during the performance, we watched a gaucho show. This consisted of multiple horses ridden by a gaucho leading around a pack of horses while trying to keep them from getting mixed up in other packs. They also played a ring game, where a ring was pined to a board and the horses ran underneath while the gaucho attempted to grab the ring using a stick. After this entertainment was completed, they picked people from the crowd to go for a ride. Luck me, I got to awkwardly go on a second horse ride for the day.
That night, a group of students decided to experience the nightlife in Argentina. We had the best time dancing with other tourists, and found it interesting that American music was often playing. The natives may not understand the words but they do have good taste in music!