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Published: August 2nd 2010
For winter break Eric and I went to Mendoza. We took a bus over the Andes which turned out to be a beautiful ride. That ride itself was like a tour. We drove past Aconcaguaus, the highest mountain in all the Americas. It took us about nine hours to reach Mendoza, the boarder alone took a couple of hours to cross but once we crossed the driver was on a mission to get us there fast. When we first arrived it was dark so we made it to our hostel with a very cheap taxi ride. Living in Chile you forget how cheap South America is. The hostel that we stayed at was a lot of fun, with a free glass of wine each night.
The next day we explored the city. It is a very beautiful city with a huge park. We spent about four hours in the park getting lost at least three different times. We found our way to the zoo, which turned out to be one of the biggest zoo's in South America. It had all different types of animals including lions, tigers, bears, elephants, and even hippos. I think the weirdest thing that we saw was
three different types of animals escaping from their cages. First we say a goat leave its area, we were not alarmed though because it was just a goat. No one else seemed to care either. Next we say a monkey swing out of its cage and run off to the woods. Everyone around us though this was hilarious but did not seem to care either way. Then we say a fat big walking down a path in the woods. I don't know if this happens daily but I don't know how they still have animals inside the zoo. I was just a little worried when we came upon the lions cage. I hoped that this cage was a little more secure then the rest but you never know......
The second day was wine day. We woke up early and headed out of town to the bodegas(wineries). We rented a bike once we got out of town and headed off. I though it might be a good idea to first ride to the furthest bodega so we would have to ride all the way back when we were drunk. It turned out that we didn't even make it to all the
bodegas that we had planned but got a little side tracked. During our tour we learned a lot about malbec, their famous wine, which is called that because in France the grape did not grow as well and we named mal-bec (bad beak) because of the terrible taste. It was delicious here in Mendoza though. We ended up going to four bodegas but on our fourth we got a little held up. We sat down for a glass of wine then the owner called us over to chat, along with everyone else that was at the bodega. We ended spending over three hours here talking and drinking lots of wine. At the end of the night we had to rush back to turn in our bikes on time, while riding a little intoxicated. What a great day!!!!!
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