Driving south from Buenos Aires, we passed the vast areas of the flat, fertile lands of The Pampas that stretch for more than a thousand miles. These huge expanses of plains and pastures serve as Argentina’s major source of produce and beef. The soil is among the richest in the world. In the heart of cattle county, we ate “authentic” barbecue, fresh vegetables, and salad, as well as enjoyed a sampling of regional gaucho and folk dances, including the traditional bolas. We even got to watch a gaucho game where the rider tries to get a suspended ring onto his stake. If he is successful, he gets to kiss the woman of his choice! Afterwards, Aaron was treated to a lesson in how to make and drink mate tea.