Sunday, April 28, 2013

Riding like a Gaucho! Well... sort of.

Our Spanish school organized a trip in the countryside, about one hour from Montevideo, horse riding. I cannot ride, I have been on a horse before but that's all, but I had a wonderful time and did pretty well considering that they gave me the tallest horse! Did you know that in Uruguay you hold the reins with one hand only?  I guess that the other one is for holding mate! 

When we arrived at the farm we meet the horses and our gaucho Ricardo. Roberto, who took us there, also put on a gaucho hat as soon as he arrived, and I really wished that I had one too, just for fun. The kids can ride so they were pretty comfortable, and the horses were very sweet.


It was a good long ride in the country, among cattle and wetlands, splish splash went the horses and dogs, and it was great to be so high up on a horse no getting wet.

After the ride we all had Merienda, afternoon tea, with pastries and coffee and chocolate, and my favourite, a membrillo (quince jam) pie. 

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. I love horseback riding, many years ago I took lessons in Ireland, but I only learned to ride the Shetland was safer:)

    1. I wish I had a pony, it was hard getting on mine, so tall!

  2. What fun Alessandra and sure are happy and the pictures are beautiful
    I love quince paste I just have made last week because I have a tree!!

    1. Lucky you! I wish I had a quince tree!



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