Trip Start Dec 01, 2011
Trip End Jan 20, 2013

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mendoza is a good stopping point between Cordoba in Argentina and Santiago in Chile, which was my final destination before returning home for a few days. I took an overnight bus from Cordoba and arrived 6 AM and this city is freezing cold. The further south I got on this trip, the colder it got. I don't remember Chile being that cold when I arrive 25 days ago. I arrived Mendoza on a Sunday, which meant half the town was closed. There is nothing so significant about this city. Everyone comes here for the wineries, but the wineries are located 20 KM from the actual city. Nothing is in the city. I don't particularly enjoy wine, but wanted to do a tour, however since it was Sunday, all the wineries were closed. It was a very boring day doing the same stuff here thatI did in the other Argentina cities, which were the park, plaza, market and pedestrian shopping center. The city did have a few fountains and one of them squirted pink water, but it was nothing exciting and just something new. The next day, I got on the bus for Santiago Chile.  I waited at the bus station with Claire Folan.  Somehow on this trip,  I have treated her like crap because of all the things I have going on in my head and can explain later, but she has been very wonderful to me.  She has made a huge impact on my life and don't know if I can ever repay her for what she has done.  If someday she read this, I hope she knows how much she means to me.  On the bus, I did get to see a lot of the grape fields from the bus, but did not stop. This place has some spectacular scenery. It passes a lot of adventurous things to do like rafting, hiking, skiing and other things for nature. After the wineries, we hit the red rocks that were just gigantic and most of the bus ride followed a river/valley. After the rocks, we hit snow and finally to the Chile border. This is a disastrous border. It took 2 hours to cross. We were stopped on a bus for over three hours without food or water.  Someone on the bus told us that this same crossing is known to not move for over 5 hours at a time. Once we got into immigrations, we had to stick together as a whole bus and after 30 minutes, we got our passports stamped, then back on the bus for about 20 feet, then off again and they put us in this room and went through each and every one of our bags. They did role call several times. They put the dog sniffers on us. They did it all. It was ridiculous. I finally did make it through and was off to the Santiago bus station, then from Santiago bus station, it was a 20 minute bus ride to the airport that cost about $4, then finally onto the plane to Dallas, Santa Ana and home.   
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