A bit of Culture

Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
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Monday, December 14, 2009

We decided our next port of call would be Mendoza, in the wine district of Argentina. We had all sampled our fair share of fine wines back in our college days and we doubted anything would surpass the finest of all the wines we've ever tasted......Buckfast.

When we first arrived into the bus station we were met by two hostel reps trying to get us to stay in their hostels. In fairness there wasn't much competition when one of the reps offered us free wine 24-7 for the duration of the stay. We were surprised to find when we arrived at the hostel that it was actually somebody's house and that they basically converted a couple of rooms into dorms. The owner of the hostel was going out with a girl the same age as his oldest son from his first marriage and for the most part the hostel was being run by his youngest son who was at most 10 years old. This kid also seemed to have a fascination with Jews and was not the most polite 10 year old we have ever met.

The next day we set off to do the wine tour with four other people from the hostel. We did the tour with the Mr. Hugo company which consisted of us renting bikes and following a map to the various wineries in the area. The second stop on our tour was to a family run business which produced olive oils and a host of liqueurs. At the end of this tour we had a choice of free shot ranging from Irish cream to Absenthe. Of course the majority of us had a go at the Absenthe which was especially strong considering it was 11 o clock in the morning.

After our fourth winery, typically the three Irish boys came to the conclusion that the samples of wine being given out were fairly measly and this combined with the fact that Liverpool were going to be on the box in a few hours, we decided to leave the group and head back to the hostel for some free wine. On the journey home on Brian was politely asked to put his t-shirt back on as it was causing offence to some of the locals.....this is not the first time this has happened.

Also while in Mendoza we took it on ourselves to go down to the butchers and purchase some steak to cook on the Bar-B-Q later that night. The steaks off the Bar-B-Q were some of the nicest we've ever tasted and at 2 Euro a pop, you couldn't go wrong.
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