Chilling out

Trip Start Sep 22, 2007
Trip End Nov 10, 2007

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

On our 1st day, we spend most of the day finding somewhere to stay (Hostel Sav, just opposite the Bus station) and booking up our trip to the mountains. On first impressions, the city has an impoverished appearance where the people look rather glum. Itīs pretty cold compared to the rest of our trip, the food we eat is pretty dire, we are tired and for the first time during our trip, we experience heavy rain.

Fortunately things do brighten up. After our trekking, we spend a day of recovery in the city. Actually itīs not too bad. I like Mendoza because unlike some of the other places we have visited, I feel that this city has not been designed for the tourist industry. .

Mendoza is Argentinaīs 4th largest city, but it is still comfortable exploring the city by foot.
There are a series of irrigation channels along side the roads which are fillled with melted snow from the mountains. By our hostel, the irrigation channels are pretty deep and grotty -probably quite easy to fall into if you donīt pay attention. However on the other side of town, there are cobbled streets and some beautiful colonial buildings - here, the city takes on a more upmarket outlook 

On a Sunday morning, we visit Parque General San Martin. Itīs a nice place to relax and to watch all the fitness-mad locals taking on various forms of fitness. Everyone is dressed in their Sunday best and exercise takes form from a gentle stroll to several laps around the lake in a row boat. Not sure that the roads running through the park helped with the tranquility, but the trees and mountains in the distance make a compromise.

Mendoza is famous for its vineyards which produce some world class, and largely undiscovered wines. However we are both pretty physically and mentally exhuasted after our experience of getting lost in the mountains. Johns lips have swollen up three fold and Iīm not feeling too well either. We spend a day, just chilling out before taking another overnight bus. 

3 weeks into our travels. Itīs reassuring to know that after recharging our batteries, there is still more time for exploration. Next we head south to Bariloche, the lake district region.

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gaellelc on

You must be having your last days in Argentina!! It must be quite exciting now with the election of a new president? I remember how the Chileans exulted when Michelle Bachelet was elected last year...
Enjoy it, cheers!

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