I´m in heaven....

Trip Start Nov 05, 2009
Trip End Apr 26, 2010

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Flag of Argentina  , Salta,
Monday, February 22, 2010

...the land of wine and gargantuan steaks! And Iīm meeting up with the lovely Fi and Laverne for a few days.

We had arranged to meet in Cafayate...in the heart of wine country...a fitting place for our reunion. It is worth visiting Cafayate for the bus journmey alone. Beautiful scenery through vividly red rock canyons and mountains.

Totally out of character behaviour but believe it or not Fi was late (sorry Fi I just couldnīt resist) and after a few hours I became slightly concerned that something awful had happened. I was sat at a pavement cafe in the lovely warm sun drinking a cup of tea (stressed to my core with worry of course ) when I spotted them getting off the bus. So lovely to see them both and we had a wonderful evening eating steak, drinking wine and catching up on all the gossip since I had last seen them both in October in sunny Scotland.

We spent one day faffing about, eating lunch, drinking submarinos (a fabulous idea...a glass of hot milk, a bar of chocolate...drop it in the milk and then drink the wonderfully chocolatey results) and so ended up heading out quite late in the day to walk along the river to a waterfall for a swim. We had set off about 5 hours too late so only made it to a small puddle in the river where we sat for a while in our bikinis just so that we at least made it into some water.

We went to the most incredible restaurant for dinner, so atmospheric, great local wine, interesting starter (red pepper stuffed with crab sticks and prawn mayo) and an amazing steak with mushroom sauce and onion rings. All followed by more wine, raucous chat and scrumptious pancakes stuffed with fruit, honey and cream. Yum.

On our last day in Cafayate we hired some bikes and headed off to cycle around the local vineyards for wine tastings and tours around the Bodegas. We actually only made it to one in the end...in true British (& N. Irish) style necked all 5 glasses of the not too good wine at 11 am and then unsurprisingly got very hungry and had to go and stuff ourselves with more food. Too much food in fact. So we ended up cutting our tour short and heading back to the hostel for some R&R time before the hostel BBQ and more steak and wine. Sensing a theme here?

The free unlimited wine at the BBQ was a bad idea and I felt truly horrific the next day and have some memory loss....so it must have been a good night. Never again...until the next time of course.

Our time together sadly was drawing to a close as I was heading south and the girls were heading north up into Bolivia and Peru. We headed back up to Salta so that we could catch our respective buses and then parted company. I hope that they have a fabulous time and looking forward to seeing them both back at home to hear all about the next part of their adventure...

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Fi on

May I just say in my defense that we were late because we were worrying about Sue, waiting for her in Salta! Hmm...haven"t gone near any white wine since...!

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