The big news of this week is that I finally have a companion in the house! Her name is Christine and she's a dentist from Germany. She's a genuinely lovely person and she speaks amazing English, and we even have sporadic attempts at German.
Christine did an intensive Spanish course this week, also with Work the World, which meant that after morning Spanish lessons she had various activities in the afternoon, some of which I was lucky enough to join in with.
On Wednesday afternoon we had a cooking lesson with Jesi, where we made empanadas and alfajores. I have to admit that my empanadas were not the most attractive of the batch, but the filling that Christine and Jesi made was very tasty.
For the evening we went to a wine tasting session at a bar in the city, where every Wednesday they invite a local winery to talk about their wines. This week the winery Alta Vista came, and we got try a Torrontés and, of course, two Malbecs.
On Thursday we hired bikes in a nearby town called Chacras, and cycled to a restaurant for lunch. We had a table in a private room, filled with a mountain of dishes to share and were served wine that was produced by the owners. Afterwards we visited to a winery, although we didn't drink too much as we still had to cycle back! In the evening we had an asado and chocotorta, and I went to bed feeling significantly heavier than when I had got up, despite the cycling.
On Friday evening we went Godoy Cruz, just south of Mendoza, where there was a small festival of Brazilian music. The plaza was surrounded by trees with pretty blue flowers, and there was a church on one side that made for an impressive photo as night fell.
Later, we headed back to Mendoza and had an excellent meal in a restaurant called Azafrán, which had a wine cellar from which you could choose a bottle to accompany your meal. We shared a dessert assortment for pudding, my favourites being a mandarin sorbet and a chocolate bombe :)
At the hospital this week I started my gynaecology placement. It's in the same hospital where I spent labour ward, but the teaching seems to be a bit more sporadic. I was glad to have another student there, as my supervisor was away in Buenos Aires for the week, and I think I'd have been a bit lost without her! We went to some breast clinics (which is part of gynae here, unlike in the UK where it's a separate specialty), saw some surgery (laparoscapies and hysterectomies) and had some teaching at the university where students presented clinical cases and then discussed the treatments; but all in all it was a pretty relaxing week hospital-wise.