Note: During the new winter term (January 2-24), RedHawk sophomore golfers Bailey Truesdell, Daniel Schwarz and Jack Sparling are taking advantage of Miami’s extensive study-abroad program by taking three weeks of class in Argentina. During their time there, Truesdell has agreed to provide a blog of their experiences. Here is his final entry. His previous entries can be read here (Jan. 6) and here (Jan. 13).

Hello everyone,

We just finished a weekend trip to Mendoza, Argentina, and after our final exam on Tuesday; we are headed back to the States. In Mendoza we experienced some of the most beautiful land in the world, and it was a bit more low key than Buenos Aires. Surrounded by the Andes Mountains and famous for its wine country, it was an incredible sight. Over half of the people on our trip went whitewater rafting and zip-lining on Sunday. It was something I had never done, and it was a ton of fun with unbelievable views.

On Saturday our entire group took a tour of Zuccardi Winery, learned how wine is made and had a feast in the courtyard. Although we couldn't taste the wine, it was really interesting to see how intricate of a process it is to make it. It was also very strange to me that somewhere where it only rains 10 days a year can grow some of the finest grapes in the world. 

One thing about Argentina that really surprised all of us was the nightlife. It was centered around dance clubs called "boliches", and people of all ages went to them. Even more incredible than having people of all ages was the time in which they were crowded and they were not centered around drinking. Most people did not start showing up until 2:30 in the morning and they usually stayed until the sun rises. 

More than anything, this three-week journey half way across the world taught us not only a lot about Argentina, but also a lot about ourselves. It taught me to appreciate all that we have at home, and that we are incredibly lucky to live in the United States. I really appreciate you all taking the time to read what I have had to say.

Cannot wait to be back in Oxford,