Our last day in Mendoza

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

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Picture this scene. 11 people gathered around a wooden table in Don Mario's, one of the nicest local steak houses in town. The cast included:
- San Diego boy - 26 year old jock originally from long island
- Couple who met traveling in Thailand last year (he is from Wales, she is from England)
- Married couple who decided to travel the world the year before they are starting a family
- Ben, a boy who has spent so much time with us that he is starting to talk like an American and he keeps an extra supply of chocolate on him just to please us when we're grouchy.
- Another tatooed boy from Wales...nearly impossible to understand
- Leah, a girl with bright pink leather gloves and perfectly done nails.
- A charming girl from New Zealand who has been traveling for 3 years
- And then there was us...people called us out at dinner for finishing each other's sentences, and of course, no one understands how we "know the same people" by just being camp friends.
Point is? It has been quite the experience getting to know people from all over the world who have a wide range of backgrounds. Getting to know people becomes even more interesting after endless bottles of free wine from the hostel (thank you Herman and hostel Laos!).
Speaking of free wine, one of our pre dinner conversations was with a couple from Quebec who was going paragliding the next day. Whether it was the wine or just our sense of adventure, we impulsively signed up and made a plan to join them the following morning. Looking back, it was a great decision - the paragliding was awesome (surprisingly relaxing and easy too), and it was a lot of fun to spend quality time with the french couple (mmm... Their accents!)
We are now on our way to Salta (17 hours down on the bus, one more to go). We nearly missed the bus due to our fear of not having food (we went to two restaurants and a supermarket before boarding...) But we sprinted to the bus station and luckily caught the bus before it left.
So, here's to a new city - we actually have our first 2 nights booked at a ranch. Horses, gauchos (oh la la), and cowboy boots... Here we come. After that we will most likely spend a few nights in Salta at a hostel, then maybe to Bolivia. But as the wind blows...!
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grandmabetty on

Your trip sounds wonderful. I print your blogs and save them. We are leaving on July 11 for 2 weeks. then we are home for one week and leave for one week. We are a travelling ffamily. Love you

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