Lauren Svejcar, good friend and fellow grad student came to visit me for a weekend here in Balcarce, Buenos Aires province from Santa Rosa, La Pampa. Lauren accompanied me to INTA Balcarce on Friday and we went with my director, Miguel Brizuela, to visit a nearby “campo” or ranch that is sometimes used for research projects and tours. On Saturday we enjoyed a rare warm sunny day in Mar del Plata (Playa!). On Sunday I ran a 5 km race in the central park of Balcarce in celebration of el Dia de las Mujeres. My “coach”, a local bakery (confiteria) owner and Lauren cheered me on! We also had time to climb a nearby Sierra. En fin, fue un fin de semana muy lindo!!