Hola from Mendoza, Argentina!
We (very) reluctantly said our goodbyes to Mr. Rodrigo and his family and boarded our (very nice!) bus from Santiago to Argentina last Sunday morning. The bus was complete with reclining, leather seats, snacks, hot drinks, and lunch, and even a movie to help you through the very windy (and infamous) 28 switchbacks across the Andes from Chile and into Argentina. It was supposed to be an 8 hour trip including the border crossing but it ended up only being 6 ½ hours. The border crossing was efficient and the drivers of the bus helped you through customs and bag checks and within the hour, we were back on the road. We arrived in Mendoza around 2pm, met our host, Colin, and settled in nicely to our 4 bedroom apartment. Mike’s parents (who arrived yesterday!) will stay with us for the week so we needed a bigger place this time.
It’s Autumn in Mendoza this time of year and we spent the week relaxing, napping, and picnicking in the many parks. The leaves are turning and falling and it makes for a perfect setting for sipping wine and watching the kids play. The light is pink in Paris? Well, the light is golden in Mendoza.
Mike took the boys to the Natural History Museum of Mendoza and they spent a couple hours looking at the artifacts, animals, and space exhibits. A great (and free!) way to spend the morning.
Mike also spent two days this week touring several real estate opportunities and even found a plum plantation that we are very interested in! More on that later…
We spent a nice evening walking around the main plaza of Mendoza, Plaza Independencia, and played at the playground, perused the many vendors, and ate dinner al fresco at a patio café.
It was a great week here in Argentina and we can’t wait to spend another one with our first set of visitors, GMa and Poppy! Stay tuned for our adventures with them next week!