Back to Mendoza for steak and ice cream!
Trip Start Sep 18, 2004
53Trip End Apr 27, 2005
The next day, Tom, Raquel and I had an enjoyable day of footie watching and steak eating (the steaks were every bit as good as I remembered them!), and then in the evening I went to a bbq at the hostel (even more fantastic steak!) where drinking games with Mike and Billy brought out some interesting stories!
The next day, the weather had changed from brilliant to sunshine to bitter bitter cold
Trying not to think about this I met up with the lads in the evening. I decided to drown my blues and join them in their drinking games. This led to a very hazy night out that did not finish until 5 in the morning!
Waking at nine I booked out of the hostel and headed to the bus station. The good news was that the road had been reopened: the bad news was that all the buses were booked up! Whilst walking around I met Molly and Dave, 2 americans studying in Santiago who had been in my hostel. They showed me to a small operator who was running minibuses across the border that they were travelling across with and we all headed off together.
Now regular readers will be aware of my problems with altitude and this combined with far too many vodka redbulls the night before led to me asking the driver to pull over after only an hour of travel for "some fresh air"! Feeling only somewhat better we travelled for another 3 hours before arriving at passport control. Seeing the huge line of traffic infront I prepared my self for a wait but not even I predicted the 5 hours it took to finally get through (to a spontaneous, maybe ironic, round of applause of all on board!).
By the time I arrived in Santiago I was knackered but very glad to have actually made it - the whole way I was having visions of snow falling down again and being told a road had being told we would have to return to Mendoza!