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Thursday, January 6, 2011

ILSSO > Touched Down and Ready to Tango

Hola FFA amigos from Buenos Aires, Argentina!

The day we were all waiting for finally arrived! Bright and early yesterday morning, the ILSSO participants boarded their flight to Argentina, “The Land of Silver."

If you have ever taken a road-trip, you know how time can fly when you are having fun! Card games, new friendships, conversations, studying up on our Spanish “skills”, a couple naps, pictures and various other activities filled our nine hour flight. Some of the scenery we saw from the plane's windows included the Caribbean Sea, Andes Mountains, Amazon Rainforest and many of the small towns that dots across South America.

We safely arrived last night just as the sun went down and were greeted by customs and a considerably warm climate.

As we left the airport, we were greeted by an Argentine tour guide. Although we had just entered a new country, we felt right at home as our tour guide held up signs that read “FFA.” We boarded a motor coach and headed for the Hotel Presidente. We learned pieces of Argentine history along the way as our tour guide gave us a little taste of the city life.

Tonight we are resting up in order to begin our tours of Argentine agriculture tomorrow! Our guides Jorge Cazenave and Jimmy Murphy will be taking us to a corn, soybean, and wheat farm, and we'll visit with a director of the farmer’s union. We will find our rest tomorrow evening in Rosario!

Adios Amigos and hasta manana (see you tomorrow)!

“The Exploring Jaguars”

Jamie, North Carolina
Laura, Tennessee
Rebecca, Virginia
Justin, Minnesota
Michael, Iowa
John, Illinois
Amy, Ohio
Nicole, Florida
Garrett, Kansas
Michelle, Florida
James, Virginia
Johanna, Kansas
Kirby, Minnesota
Brianna, Washington
Reva, Oregon
Debra, Nebraska

Current and past state FFA officers are invited to participate in the International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO). Participants spend 10 days traveling abroad and learning about international agriculture and the global marketplace. Find out more about National FFA Global programs on ffa.org.

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