Club of Great Missenden
The GSE Team in Argentina
13 May 2007
A sort of diary report from our man in Argentina, Gavin Plews
[This is in response to Guru's e-mail to Gavin....At the Welcome Rally in England, Eduardo showed everyone some video clip and photos taken during your first few days in Argentina. It was a nice touch...]
thanks Guru, It makes fascinating reading.........wish I was there. Oh! I am.
night's meal at a restaurant turned into quite a do when the band realised we
were English, and the crooner really gave it what for, and all directed towards
us. I even danced with my host........and itīs not every day that happens, I
can tell you. (Mind you, she did have to ask me.....you canīt get gentlemen
these days, not real ones)
been tough. My host Amalia drove me out to her estancia about an hourīs drive
from here in the country (campo) where 2 of her sons run the farm of 1200 cattle
on 1600 hectares (which, Iīm told is very small for this part of the world).
There were about the usual 25 of us, and they barbecued (asado = bbq) a lamb,
plus about a tonne of other meat. So we got stuck in to the food, in the shade
of a massive flower covered terrace, gazing out over a sun drenched landscape,
with parrots chattering in the eucalyptus trees, and humming birds taking nectar
from the covering flowers. We stuck with it for about 6 hours until all (well,
some) of the food was eaten, taking the occasional break to talk to the
ostriches, and the girls persuading the local horsemen to let them have a go
(even Sheila, who had never been on a horse until we came across a lonely gauch
about a week ago, and she persuaded him to get off, and let her on, swinging her
lasoo freely (and mostly in the horseīs eyes)
you can imagine how exhausted we were at the end of the day. They told me it was
going to be tough, but I didnīt listen!
wishes to you all, and keep up the good work Guru.
please tell Josefina that weīve given our presentation 4 times now, and they
are either too polite to say they didnīt understand it, or it was ok.
at our first presentation, about which we were a little nervous (especially as
one of the team arrived an hour late, having been taken to the wrong venue. She
had the laptop as well, so for about an hour I didnīt know whether we could do
the show) Anyway, I was asked to come on to the stage and introduce the
team.......we werenīt expecting this, as we introduce ourselves in the
presentation. So I called the team up and was then told that the man next to me
was going to interpret for us. Well, Iīm delighted to say that he had nothing
to do, as we introduced ourselves, and later on gave a faultless(well almost)
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