Sunday, July 5, 2009

On a horse (written 7-6-09, posted 7-16-09)

Note: This post should have been posted early in the morning on Monday, July 6 when I was still in Argentina. Events mentioned as occurring "today" occurred on Sunday, July 5. But the internet at the hotel went down before I had published it. Here it is as it should have been, although I am now posting it on July 16. In a few weeks I will put up a final tour post or so with more videos and pictures.
The tango show I mentioned in the last post was pretty cool. I´ll post some videos from it later. Now it is really late at night on Sunday, July 5 or early in the morning on Monday.
My cold is getting better now. So that is nice.
After the tango show on Friday, we rode the buses back to the hotel. On the bus, Yair (our conductor) made an announcement to us. Because of the swine flu, the government decided to close all publicly run universities, concert halls, etc. Our concert was supposed to occur in a law school. So our concert for the next day (Saturday) was cancelled. Yair also said that out of the many tours he had been on with the orchestra, he thought this one was the best.

So we didn´t have our big concert in Buenos Aires on Saturday. We will still be having our performance tomorrow (Monday) though before we leave. It will be in a very poor neighborhood in the city--a concert like the one we did earlier in Mendoza. We have driven past this neighborhood a couple of times already, and it is very poor. Some of the houses don´t even have walls.

Today we went to a ranch called Estancia Santa Susanna about an hour away from Buenos Aires. They had horses there and carriages to ride in. Then we ate lunch there and watched the people there and do tango dancing. Then we watched the gauchos (cowboys) do a contest. I´ll explain more and post pictures later.

Here is a picture of me riding a horse. I rode twice, on two different horses. This is the second time. It is a little scary at first.

We had our farewell dinner today. The tour company that is running the Argentinan portion of our tour made a video compilation of this part of the tour. It was pretty cool. There are a few shots of me in the video. One of them made people laugh. :) They will add more things to the video from Sunday and Monday and then send it to those people who order it. I´ll be getting a copy.

This will probably be my last post from Argentina. I will be getting to San Francisco (flying through Dallas) at 10:30 on Tuesday morning. And I will arrive home a few hours later. I will update the blog again on Tuesday or Wednesday with more pictures and videos from the tour. So make sure you come back.

The orchestra is coming back in two groups--one through Dallas and one through Miami. Those of us going through Dallas will leave the airport near Buenos Aires at about 9:30 on Monday evening (5:30 pm California time). We will arrive in San Francisco 17 hours later.

Until my next post,


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