We’re now more than halfway through our time in Buenos Aires. When I think back to October and how we didn’t know nothing about anything, it feels like a lifetime ago. Nowadays, the weeks fly by quickly so I’m sure our time here will end before we know it. In the meantime, we’re trying to find a balance between work and enjoying the country. The balance usually tips in the favor of work, but at the end of January, we did take a short, easy flight to Mendoza, Argentina.
Mendoza is on the other side of the country at the foot of the Andes Mountains, which separate Argentina from Chile. Mendoza is best described as the Napa Valley of South America. It’s the preeminent wine region of the continent and the fourth largest city in Argentina, but feels more like a town.
We spent three days there doing the two things people go to Mendoza to do. Wineries and the Andes. We spent the first day taking a tour of the Andes. It was very picturesque. The attached pictures do a better job of describing what we saw than I can with words. We spent the second day touring two wineries and an olive oil factory. In between all these activities, we strolled around the center of the city, eating at neat restaurants and taking in the scenery. We enjoyed ourselves because the weather was perfect, the city was tranquil, and everything just went really smoothly.
One Sunday in Buenos Aires, we met a new friend for brunch. When we got there, what we experienced was surreal. A large crowd of people eating bagels on the sidewalk – and everyone was American. We hadn’t spoken to or heard more than one or two Americans since September, so it was very strange. We learned that Americans congregate there every Sunday because a guy from NYC sells homemade New York style bagels (with cream cheese and lox and the whole shebang) there every Sunday. It felt great to be an American (i.e. speak English loudly in public and relate to people who have a shared background) without feeling like people are turning and looking at me because of it.
Other Noteworthy Things We’ve Done
Our friends Stephanie and Colby visited
My parents visited
We attended Carnaval
We kayaked on a river an hour outside the city
I gambled away 200 pesos (around $12) in 10 minutes
We visited a religious theme park
We finally got around to watching the movie Evita and then went to the Evita museum three blocks from our apartment