well we?ve just rocked up to Cordoba after a fun 10hr bus ride from Mendoza. It was pretty sweet compared to NZ bus rides, pretty straight at night but they decided to play a movie the whole time at not turn the sound down and again in Spanish. Again Nikki got some sleep but I battled.
The trip from Santiago was pretty primo. The 6hours flew by as most of it was spent staring out the window at the Andes and a few of the ski fields. All I could think about was the Uruguyuan rugby team that crashed in the Andes that featured in the movie `Alive?. Anywho Mendoza is a little more suited to tourists so we had a few more activities to do. First day we just kicked round in town and the second was spent cruising round on a wine trail.... on a bike. My ass hurt something for the rest of the day. Most of the wines were vino tinto (red) and given that I was still scarred from the 'incident?at KC?s with domo a while back I did pretty well. Mothers may want to avert there ears from this one. On our way back two Aussie chicks got robbed in front of us on the way back. Two white chicks on a desolate road were asking for trouble. Lucky I had been sculpting the guns earlier that morning so they steared clear of us. The next day we stared with horse trekking (cue the brokeback mountain jokes) not my choice obviously but Nikki enjoyed it immensely. Brownie points to Sam and again a sore ass. In the avo we went white water rafting with some Safa?s which was good times after I increased my brownie point total by pulling Niks back into the boat after she was 3/4?s out. She will tell you differently I bet. We were pretty shagged after that so went out for a decent feed and then onto our bus ride to Cordoba. We are staying with Catherine?s host family from her GAP year (Nikki?s sister). I can see weight gain being a problem here as they cannot stop feeding us, anyone for meat? The two girls speak English and are going out tomorrrow night with Euge for a few bevies which will be good times esp if they continue the NZD$1.50 1L big bots. Just nasty. Crazy Adam you are officially banned from South America if they don?t put the prices up
We lost football! It was inevitable without me!
Sam and Niks
First of all...unfortunately we have no photos to put on from our time in Mendoza...we were trying to upload them onto the computer and somehow it wiped our whole memory card - Gutting!! so sorry, none to show and we have lost all the photos from our trip so far.
Sam covered most things from the last fews days - the bus ride over the Andes was a highlight, beautiful scenery. Mendoza was mice nicer after Santiago and catered much more for tourists. We stayed in a hostel in the centre of town which was good for doing things. Mendoza is one of Argentina´s biggest wine centres so we had to sample a few of the local vineyards (botegas) - very nice, although I didn´t mind the biking so much!
The next day we went with a adventure company back up into the base of the andes for a bit of caballo (horse ) riding, and tyhen in the after none went rafting down the mendoza river. Apparently it was not as rough as it can get in summer...which was fine with me.
We took an overnight bus from Mendoza to Cordoba as 10hrs on a bus is not the most fun...and were picked up by Euge and Jorge (Cat´s host fmaily from the bus station) who we are staying with at the mo. Is good to experience some Argentinian traditions....have been introduced to mate and tango dancing...and sam is enjoying plently of meat! me not so much...