Evening in Mendoza and Tonguem Twisting Conversations
03.04.2010 18 °C
So another word to the wise: DO NOT eat on Las Heras street. If you need to grab a bite there, make it a pizza or an empanada. Once again, I followed the fellow travelers of the evening before since their company was quite amusing. We went to a terrible place where we waited over an hour for the most basic of dishes, after which my temper got the worst of me and Spanish came out ¨No quiero mas!¨at least 5 times. I ended up looking at the dishes that arrived late and looked poorer than words can say.
I decided to contact the nice hostel owner, Luc, and join he and his friends for drinks. Great decision. While its really not the highest of seasons any longer, Avenida Aristides Villanueva was bustling with young, good looking people adorning the bars and restaurants along the street. Finally, I got to clean my eyes a bit!
I had a great time. We sat at La Carmel, a corner restaurant on the main avenue. For me, it was strawberries and cream & a Cabarnet on the side. Not bad at all. A friend of Luc´s brought his father from Chile, a rather nice looking man with years of experience written on the lines of his face. The whole gang was really nice. I got a heads-up, a bit too late, on Argentinean men specifically and Latin men in general: You are never the only one!! Not a comforting thought obviously but it wasn´t time to start thinking again.
We moved on, to the bar on the next corner (reminded me of my bar hopping days in London) and continued the night. The older man and I engaged in deep conversation about religion, business and the crime rates of Argentina. I was telling him about the murder I saw, right before my very eyes in San Telmo earlier this week, and got tongue tied, not knowing how to saý `murderered´. The wine must have got the best of me and all I could come up with was ¨San Telmo... boom boom¨. Words can not describe the fit of laughter that caught us all, and honestly, had not happened to me in a long, long while. For almost 30 minutes, that´s all we could say to one another. Very mature conversation but it was splendid to bend over laughing with new people.
I closed the night at 3AM. Awesome.
Out on a $135 ¨Trout and Wine¨ Tour today. I gave in. After all, I came to indulge and feed my soul and aching heart with some good food (which didnt happen yet) and wine. Plan on visiting some excellent bodegas in Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza, and I intend to examine these vineyards very closely but still, coming wiuth an open mind to enjoy at least one excursion on my last day here. More on that tonight & photos of course.