Christmas in Argentina
Trip Start Nov 07, 2008
47Trip End Mar 03, 2009
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Mendoza is famous for its vineyards and bodegas just outside of town and, having met a few people from the hostel over breakfast, I went to go and visit them on the first day. The done thing by the travelling (ex) student crowd is to go to one of the few bike rental places in Maipu nearby and hire a bike to cycle around the vineyard circuit. We met more people with the same plan on the bus and formed a large group to go in convoy to pillage the wine supplies of the local bodegas.
It all started off very civilised with a visit to the wine museum and a tour of a bodega, but we soon focussed mainly on the winetasting and, having realised it was more cost-effective just to buy the wine, on buying a couple of bottles at each place. It was a very nice afternoon out in the sun and we ended up back at the rental centre around 6pm but couldn't leave until 9 as our host insisted on bringing more and more free wine. Despite promises of meeting the others, who were at different hostels, later for drinks, most fell asleep after dinner due to too much vino tinto.
The next few days were spent lazing around the pool in the hostel garden and we had an enormous barbeque on christmas day which left everyone with barely any room for cheap sparkling wine.