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Mendoza First Wineries

Friday April 2, 2010 On my way to an excursion Thoughts so far

sunny 25 °C

So I got here on Wednesday pretty hung up on the events in Buenos Aires. I have developd a kind of love-hate relationship with the city. When Im there I want to leave and when I´m away, I want to go back.
I teared on my first wine tour Wednesday afternoon - how funny and embarassing! Thank god for big bug-like sunglasses. I forced myself to ask the tour guide questions on wine. What choice did I really have? It was either to look at the couples kissing and want to puke or take an interest in the vinos that got these people into love in the first place. Naturally, I went for choice B!

It wasnt easy though. By the time I got back to the hotel, I felt a little better. I dined alone at some italian place around the corner from here called La Albacas. The nice waiter was very helpful and sweet, taking in my conversation of love.

Yesterday I dedicated my time to exploring the city and seeing the sights. I walked around, causing some guys to turn their heads a little too much sometimes and at some point I was thinking to myself ¨my god, whats wrong with you men!?!? Have you never seen a woman?¨It gets funny sometimes. In any case, its a nice touch to the ego although my heart was unable to enjoy any of it.

While searching for excursions, I came across a nice hostel, th Monkey Hostel, recently acquired by two nice guys one of whom was a waiter at a local restaurant and the other, a nice Belgian who met his Argentinean wife while diving in Brazil. I ended up lunching with the two gentlemen at Cafe del Teatro, just next to the luxurious Park Hyatt.

The afternoon tour was okay - actually it was crowded, barely audible in English and did not include the items in the itinerary. The only thing rewarding about it was the people I met there. Three nice ladies from a province just outside Buenos Aires. So we chatted the afternoon away while we ticked off city spots like the governmnt district, the court, Parque San Martin which is amazing, and all the gorgeous plazas of this city. We ended the tour with a visit to Terra Gloria, where the handsome San Martin is depicted in bronze, finishing off his business of freeing Argentina and Chile from the Spanish. He was quite handsome! And might I add a man with a dominant nose. I guess people with strong facial characteristics do have something special.

I was really yearning to check out the night scene but I was not equipped with proper company. Instead, I joined the ladies for dinner and it was incredibly funny. We met a nice couple from Florida and I was so proud to have given thm the best tips for their next destination, Buenos. Almost like a portena. The local guitar players seemed to have gotten glue under their shoes and did not move from our table for a while. Thats the magic of this place I guess!

I do want to point out that my Spanish is improving incredibly here! It feels great. Its the only way to do it.

Posted by enoura 14:45 Archived in Argentina Tagged tourist_sites

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