Mendoza

Trip Start Nov 16, 2012
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Trip End Jan 06, 2013


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Monday, December 3, 2012

We were not too sad to be leaving the Hotel Viasui and BA. 
After Patagonia and the break-in story, it seems a bit claustrophobic, unsafe and dirty.
BA is a great city though but Argentina has so much more to offer so we were ready to move on.
Unfortunately, the same could not be said for our plane which was delayed by an hour.
After struggling to understand the spanish loud speaker  announcer, we eventually discovered this was due to there being no crew-presumably they had slept in! :)

We eventually got away and arrived to Mendoza at 12.30pm.
Already noticed the prices are significantly cheaper here -for instance the taxi ride from the airport cost A$55 ( about 8) for 20 mins. In BA you wouldn't have got much change back from 100 pesos.

Our hotel for the next 3 nights is the Hotel Bohemia.
A gorgeous boutique-style place with a small pool (unheated), garden and extensive library.
Our room has an orange/red themegoing on with the bedsperads, courtains and pillows.
Also a lovely set of blinds leading to a view of the garden and the pool beyond. 
Definitely our most luxurious room so far!

After a quick freshen up and a couple of skype call home, we went for an orientation walk around Mendoza, taking it easy given the heat (at least it's 30C again).
Our hotel is very near the main restaurant/bar strips so we started down there and than made our way to the microcentro( downtown).
Like BA, downtown is a set of grid patterns and is anchored by 5 squeres Plaza Independiente bang in the centre (with bizarrely, pink water flowing from the fountains and 4 other plazas based round this ( in theshape of  the 5 dots on a a dice,
The best of these was Plaza Espana with beautiful tiled mosaics, a lond waterfall and a fountain construction and a tiled moral dedicated to the foundation of Medoza.

A nice touch from Trout&Wine was to find our free bottle of Malbec behind reception desk when we arrived.
It's provided as part of our wine toir tomorrow.

Today I started to create my photobook for Argentina, hoping that I would finish it by the time we get to Colombia.

Mendoza, like most Argentinian towns we have seen so far, comes to life at night.
Tables spilling out on to the street, lights, loud bars and all the young trendy people out-and this was a Monday night!
We joind them at a restaurant called Palenque but our stamona is not up to Argentine standars (they are regulary out past 12 in the week but they do get a siesta.  
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