After visiting Jesus in Cusco we traveled by bus for 20 hours from Cusco to Lima and then flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We arrived in the city at 3AM (should have looked at our ticket times closer) and waited in the airport till the sun came up, when we felt it would be safe to start the adventure of finding a place to sleep. We agreed to the first place we found, since we were running on 3 hours of airplane sleep. Buenos Aires was a nice change of pace from the rest of our trip. It was a thriving metropolis where the people had time to care about fashion and coffee, instead of how they were going to stay alive that day. Our next task was to find my mom a place to stay, and although we were quite happy with our room, I didnīt think any American on vacation would have been as thrilled. She arrived 2 days after us and it was so nice to see someone we know!!!
We spent the week exploring all the city has to offer. We went to the parks in Palermo, the creepy cemetery where Eva was buried, to see the brightly painted flats in Boca, we saw some amazing (and not so amazing modern art) museums and went to the zoo. We love third world zoos because they don't take nearly as many precautions to keep you safe from the animals!! We also got to visit a dance show at a very fancy theater. The dancing was amazing (and not so amazing modern dance). Thank goodness my mother came to feed us, because we hadnīt eaten in months! lol The city was quite expensive for our budget and we would never have been able to stay for a week and explore. Plus it was nice to have someone else to talk to. lol
So after waving goodbye to my momma we hoped on the 15 hour bus ride to Mendoza, wine country. We got to experience Argentina's late dinner time when we were dead asleep and got woken up by everyone on the bus getting off at 1130pm. Although we didn't want to leave the bus the conductor informed us we were getting off. We went into a restaurant where dinner was being served. Because we had just woken up we didn't want to eat which for some reason made the waiter very mad because the food was free. lol.
Mendoza is a very cute town, with 90% of the population being European. The town has brought some flavor back into our food and the wine is cheap. We rented bikes in the city and spent the day pedaling through a park the size of central park in NY and enjoyed a day at Mendozaīs third world zoo. Where we fed uncaged monkeys and had a too close encounter with a Lion and Chimpanzee.
As we were staring at a huge, male, lion that sat 3 feet away in his chain linked fence, it decided that Teddy had stared long enough and lunged, mouth wide open, directly at his head. We ran away screaming lol. Then a little, innocent looking chimp played a joke at my expense when he tried to lure me in by handing me his banana thru the cage,when I went to pass it back it made a swift dive for my hand lol Stupid Americans lol
Then it was off to the wine country. We rented bikes with two other couples staying at our hostel and toured 2 vineyards and a chocolate factory that produced absinthe. The tasting at the vineyards made our bike riding much easier. lol One vineyard walked us through their automated bottling plant where they bottle and package 9000 bottles of wine an hour. Quite impressive.
Teddy and Brooklyn