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South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza April 14th 2019

The wine province of Mendoza is world famous. The Norton Malbec is one of my regular purchases from Costco in Calgary so it is only natural that we would seek out the Bodega for a wine tour. Sandy and I had a private tour of this histlorical winery culminating in a light pizza lunch and wine sitting on old barrels in the cellar surrounded by thousands of bottles of mature wines, some of the more valuable bottles locked behind iron gate. Back at our B&B we were treated to a bottle from 1975. What a wonderful 2 days in Mendoza.... read more
Norton vines
Bodega Norton
Grapes

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza March 31st 2019

As we approached ‘El Chalet’ the ferocious dog, commonly found in almost every Argentine household, came out to meet us barking loudly. Jane gripped my hand tightly, “Are you sure this is a restaurant?”. I could see the front door of the house was just open a crack so I pushed it open. “Hola”, I shouted. Inside were some laid-up tables in a plain room with no one present. “Hola, hola?”. I could hear some noise in the back so I continued on through the room to a back corridor where I could see a kitchen to the left. “Hoolla?”. This time ‘Juan’ heard me and came bustling out to greet us. Yes, he could serve lunch. We told him through google translate that we ‘eat anything’ and sat down and waited. There was no menu. ... read more
CarinaE still use an old fashion press
One of the bigger wineries - Alta Vista
Was that the Malbec or the Carbernet @ Kaiken

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza October 23rd 2018

We are sitting in the Santiago, Chile airport looking at the snow caped Andes and waiting for the plane to Houston. And trying to think about how to wrap up this trip in words. Our final day began at Finca Garciarena with a great breakfast including local fruits and home made pastries. Then we were notified that indeed Pablo had arranged a tour for us at the Museum of the Disappeared. We made our way to the metro police station where about half of the building was now given over to a tribute to the 600+ individuals that we "disappeared" from Mendoza alone during the late 1970s and early 80s. There were 10,000 dissents who vanished from Argentina during this period, with thousands more surviving when the junta was finally driven from office. (By the way, ... read more
Solitary Confinement
Serenaded at final asado
Never miss a chance to take a picture of a kid

South America » Argentina » Mendoza October 22nd 2018

Friday night marked the end of our work at DAD, though we will return to say good bye to students and staff on Monday, and so a celebration was called for. (The principal of the school had just been named superintendent of the high school district and that seemed worthy of celebration as well.) So we hosted a dinner at Cava de Cuno (cellar of the governor) for five of our new friends including the administration of the school. The restaurant is the former home of the governor of the region, and we were given a tour of the wine cellars and the structure before dinner. As is often the case here, the meal stretched on for hours, we sat down at 9 p.m and left at 1 a.m. The weekend was our time to do ... read more
Friday night celebration
La Azul
Catching up with an old friend

South America » Argentina » Mendoza October 19th 2018

We have now spent a week at the DAD school in Mendoza, and the time has flown by. Each day we have been treated like rock stars, the kids want to know about our lives and homes and practice their English on us and laugh at my feeble attempts at Spanish. In the end I think we will be able to work out a 'sister-school' relationship that includes the possibility of student exchanges and of teachers working with students virtually across the continents. Each day brought a new opportunity. Tuesday was our welcome day, as mentioned in the first entry of this trip. On Wednesday the staff took us on a city tour of Mendoza. Then it was back to school for lunch, served to us by the cook, Valeria, who would serenade us in English ... read more
Argentine lunch!
Children
College students at International Fair

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza October 16th 2018

This trip was with four of the staff from Federal Hocking High School as we are exploring a partnership with DAD, a secondary school in Mendoza. Last year at this time one of the teachers from DAD, Paola Diaz, spent three weeks at FH on a Fulbright program. Then, last March, I visited DAD. From there the teachers have been developing and teaching programs together and we wanted to visit the school to see if we might do more. When we arrived in Mendoza on Monday we were quickly gathered up and taken to an Asado (bar-b-que) at the home of the assistant school director. As they only do here, we spent three hours at the table with the fire crackling away nearby and feasted on a variety of salads, beef, and wines! Three hours here ... read more
All All School Meeting to welcome us
Loana and Lukas
Maipu city square

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza August 6th 2018

Back to Mendoza! This time, we arrived from Santiago in Chile. The 8 hours drive from the Chilean capital is an impressive one, specially the moment you drive through the Andes. Purely magic. We were on a very comfortable "cama" bus from Andersmar. The only think we actually missed was some wine and a hot meal, but beside this, very nice drive in the middle of the day. We actually stay twice two nights in Mendoza, as we went to Malargue and Las Lenas in the middle. There is not to visit in Mendoza itself. The city is a very pleasant one, and we actually did not much during our stay behind taking some relax "couple time"! There are obviously the bodegas to visit all around Mendoza. On one morning, we made our way to Trapiche. ... read more
Happy couple...
View from our little suite at the Sheraton...
Ready...go...visit...taste...

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Malargüe August 4th 2018

Back on the slopes...and it feels so good! Tanya is getting slightly more secured on her skis. She is now a mega-star skier having done it in China, Dubai, Andorra and now Argentina. Yes, I know, not the usual trails! Argentinians know Las Lenas...some Brazilians too...and this is about it. Place is remote and not that easy to reach, but it is my preferred one for skiing in South America. Bear in mind, we drove by Portillo few days ago. Portillo, close second for amazing ski in South America is on the Chiliean side, just on the other side of the border on the road from Santiago to Mendoza. But for Portillo, you have to stay a week...and skiing in Chili is today way more expensive than in Argentina...for the same snow! Next entry will actually ... read more
We visited Trapiche prior to our trip to Las Lenas...
Las Lenas
Super Woman!

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza June 2nd 2018

There was a sad farewell to Denmark (despite almost falling out the previous night over a game of the 500 cardgame) prior to hopping in a taxi to the huge bus station Terminal Santiago. I’d booked a ticket online a few days before with Andesmar and after validating my online ticket and checking in it was a short wait for the right bus to turn up before boarding it and settling in for the day (South American buses really did have the most comfy seats some of them were like 1st class plane seats). I‘d heard that the views across the Andes during the journey were spectacular so I made sure I booked a window seat and had my little music MP3 player fully charged. It was also going to be a border crossing (my last ... read more
Another big mountain
Great view
View from window of bus

South America » Argentina » Mendoza » Mendoza March 27th 2018

Mendoza is definitely our kind of town. Sunny, gorgeous wine, amazing nosh of all descriptions and plenty of pavement cafes in the shade. After our rather poor start in the bus station, we headed off to dump our rucksacks at our hostel and explore the town. We only had one day before we headed out into the Altas Montanas (the Andes) so we wanted to make the most of it. We found pavement cafes for coffee, a veggie takeaway for a picnic in the park and an amazing parilla (barbeque using wood) for a steak supper. Oh does it sound as though we did nothing but eat? Funny that! We did manage a walk round the park in between lunch and dinner but I don't recall much about that. Thankfully we knew we were returning after ... read more
And the view the other way, towards Mendoza
Oh hooray, my sort of path, where humans may not tred....
Lying in a park in Menodoza, looking at the sky. How arty AP and Rich?




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