Departure For South America
Trip Start Nov 12, 2009
4Trip End Nov 22, 2009
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Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport
As I was driving on Highway 59 to the airport earlier this evening, I could sense a magical burst of excitement in the cool November air. The outside temperature was very pleasant. A mild autumn night was descending over the largest city in Texas, as I was heading to the airport to start my vacation on the other side of the western hemisphere, far away from the Gulf coast.
Bidding a transient farewell to this mild, delightful fall weather in Houston, I am about to greet the blossoming flowers of spring in Argentina and Chile
On this vacation, I plan to re-explore the elegant charm of Buenos Aires, visiting the delectable wine bars and tango restaurants where I had left off in 2006. But moving further, I intend to absorb the delectable taste of the highly-esteemed wines of El Valle Central (Central Valley) around Mendoza. And what better way to explore the gustatory delicacy of this region but on a bike. Meandering through the vineyards of Argentina on a bicycle will fully reanimate all the senses of sight, sound, smell, and taste. After Mendoza, I plan to cross over the fortified mountainous border into Chile, where the cosmoplolitan city of Santigao beckons visitors to explore its natural beauty in the shadows of the Andes. Then onward to the renowned Colchagua Wine Valley where an invitation to relax among oceans of vineyards awaits me.
Back to reality. While sipping a glass of Argentine Malbec back inside the President's Club at Bush Intercontinental Airport, I hear overhead for passengers to proceed to Gate E18 for the 10 hour 30 minute non-stop flight to Buenos Aires. Checking my boarding pass, I walk towards the gate and immediately proceed to my seat 2L. If all goes as planned, I would like to continue to share with you my blogs and photographic impressions of this relaxing bike vacation from the other side of the world.
To Be Continued...