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Emanuel’s South American vacation ‘unbelievably good’

A tanned Mayor Emanuel talked about his family's winter vacatiSouth Americduring news conference city's recycling efforts.  | Al Podgorski~Chicago

A tanned Mayor Emanuel talked about his family's winter vacation to South America during a news conference on the city's recycling efforts. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

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Updated: February 5, 2012 8:11AM

Some people go to Florida, Arizona or Mexico over Christmas break. Others go skiing. Most stay home and celebrate with family and friends.

Not Chicago’s new first family. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his wife, Amy Rule, and their three children — Zach, Ilana and Leah — spent an exotic holiday exploring South America in a way that most people could not afford.

Tanned, rested, but no less driven, Emanuel returned to work on Tuesday and offered up an oral report: “What I did on my Winter Break.”

“The family went to Chile and Argentina. We went on a white-water rafting trip. Did about 70 miles of whitewater on the Futaleufu [River] down in Chile. Then, we went up in the Patagonian area and went fly fishing and hiking, then spent New Year’s Eve in Buenos Aries,” the mayor said.

“Every year, we try to take the kids to a different part of the world to see. When you … grow up again, you want to be an Emanuel child. It’s unbelievable.”

When a reporter asked the mayor to “tell us about your vacation,” Emanuel was initially tight-lipped.

“It was good,” he said.

Pressed to “tell us more,” he said, “It was really good.” Pushed further, he said, “It was unbelievably good.” He offered the more lengthy explanation, only after being asked, “Where’d you go? What did you do?”

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