Trip Start Jun 09, 2010
Trip End Jul 25, 2010

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Well, it has been days since our last blog post - to our committed blog followers (we hope you're out there!)... Our sincerest apologies. But trust us, the lack of communication is most likely a good thing. Life has been incredibly busy and exciting, and although posting a quick update takes just a few minutes, it has been hard to find a few minutes in our days to sit down and write to this.

Anyway, a short recap of the past few days - we ended up going to Vina del Mar on Saturday instead of working at Vanilo. Although the work option would have been a lot of fun, we decided to explore a new city and travel around a bit more. Vina was a lot of fun - we spent the day eating (what is new...), walking along the boardwalk, and playing on the beach. Our day in Vina was pretty close to a day in heaven... And although it was hard to say goodbye to the great beach town, we both knew it was time to move on. Anyway, after speaking to some people in our hostel, we decided that it'd make more sense to travel north to Argentina and then either on to San Pedro de Atacama or to Salta than it would be to travel to southen Chile where we would be freezing and most likely stuck in the rain. Supposedly the rain makes any sort of outdoor activity impossible in Pucon ... they close the mountain down, the volcano is not "hikable", and the town pretty much goes into hibernation.  Due to this, we made the decision to go to Mendoza. We arrived here yesterday around 4pm (just as the soccer game was ending) and my goodness, there is so much to say about this glorious city.

Mendoza is truly one of the most enjoyable cities we have been to - maybe due to our fantastic hostel, but also due to what seems like endless adventures to dohere. There are awesome trekking and biking options, there are incredible wineries to visit, and most importantly, there is a entertaining and culturely rich city right at our finger tips. We arrived in Mendoza yesterday afternoon after a 8 hour bus ride. The ride was long (especially with stomach problems... Oh man), but the views were absolutely stunning. We also were lucky enough to be on a pretty empty bus so we each were able to spread out, sleep, and help the hours pass by.

Anyway, we eventually found our way to the hostel (hostel lao) and we checked into our room. This is the first hostel we have been to that actually felt 'right'. There is a fireplace in the main lobby, there is free wine at night, and so far we have met some super fun, interesting, and welcoming people. We actually spontaneously decided to join these three people (Brent-from California, Peta-from Sydney, and Michael-from the UK) on an incredible wine tour today. We went to three different wineries - one of which served us a 5 course meal (with five different tastings), and the other two had different types of wine with breads, chocolates, and olive oil.  We also had some extremely cool guides - whether straight or gay, one had a hard time not being intrigued and attracted to them.  Seriously. 

We are now back in the hostel taking a short siesta before heading out for dinner with some australian and english guys. The thought of more food and drink is a bit nauseating (considering we were indulging all day), but it is always good to spend time with different people. And who knows where the night will take us...!

Alright, time to close our eyes and relax before the music starts. Will write more soon!
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Sara Mandinach on

Hi Mer - Loving these posts! Sounds like you are meeting lots of interesting people and will come home with a lifetime of memories. So sorry you didn't get to work the kitchen in Valparaiso _ would have LOVED those pictures - somehow it conjures up visions of an old I love Lucy rerun - with you two as Lucy and Ethel! Have fun - and I will see you in Chicago!!!!

chelsea on

buenos dias chicas! so glad you made it to mendoza - was absolutely my favorite part of our recent argentina trip - nothing not to like about food, wine, and outdoor activities (we did horseback riding and ziplining, you should DEFINITELY zipline!!)

keep the posts coming, cant wait to see you mer and i love you both!

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