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Trip Start Jul 28, 2007
Trip End Dec 14, 2007

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Hello Hello!
I took this trip to a small port town in Uruguay with our program a few weeks ago... just now getting time to update.  Sorry!
We took a ferry across the Rio Plata (not really a river, but rather a very wide estuary).  The ferry was kind of like a giant airplane with twenty rows across and no flight attendants. 
When we arrived, the group was too big to fit in one hotel, so we were split up and each of us headed to several little hotels near eachother.  Keep in mind, this is just half of our program.... We are that big. 
A group of girls and I headed to "town" and found a nice little restaurant to eat outside.  Great pizza!  And for those of you ready to scoff at our choice of food, please know that pizza is it's own food group here, it's that popular.  Argentina is very influenced by Italy, so pizza is on the menu everywhere.  But it is a little different than we know it at home...
Anyways, then we had the afternoon to walk around.  We went to a great little outdoor market and went shopping!  Oh, mom, aren't you proud? :) Actually, it was very small, and all local artisans selling little hand-made nic-nacs and souvenirs.  I talked to one seller for a while about agate rocks becuase they are very common there.  He told me about the process of dying them different colors and how he finds them.  And then I talked to a woman about her kitchy souvenirs and she told me her grand plans of expansion to include t-shirts.
We wandered around for a little while after that.  The streets of this town are gorgeous and we were there right at sunset and dusk, perfect weather too.  We got some ice cream and sat around by the water.  It was very very relaxing and wonderful.
IES treated us to dinner at a funny tourist restaurant that had a big screen TV playing 80's music videos.  David Bowie, Gloria Estefan, Madonna.... We took up two huge tables, and it was surely a sight to see: about fifty americans eating and singing along at the top of our lungs.
That night was also my friend Nikki's birthday, so we had a party for her on the terrace of our hotel.  However, we were being eaten alive by mosquitos, so took it in to one girls room.  It turned into a group of about eight girls sitting around on the floor trading ghost stories and talking about scary movies.  Everyone was really scared to go to bed that night! 
The next morning, we headed to the "beach." There was sand, and water.... but not really swimming approved (in my opinion).  Either way, it was another great relaxing day.  And then, we headed back to the city!
Not much of a story this time, just a little update for y'all.  I will try and add more soon!
Love and miss you all very very much.   Only about a month left here!  (eek!)  Time is flying by....
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Que Guay Uraguay
Solo quería decir Que Guay, Uraguay. Ojalá que estes muy bien. Besitos!

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