Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday, Dec

By Observer

Flying into Mendoza, Argentina, it’s easy to see that the city’s outlying landscape is blanketed in rows of vines and grapes. Even the airport’s surrounding grounds grow a modest selection of their own grapes to produce their very own vino. It’s the land of wine, specifically Malbec. It’s also the land of wine hotels, a getaway concept from heaven for the wine-os among us.

While there are only a few de facto “wine hotels” in the region including the sprawling Atamisque, Entre Cielos is the only one with a... (Read More)

By Sharadigail

And we are off! Renting a car in Mendoza was far easier than expected. Sharad had done his research and a car seemed to be the best way to get around to all the wineries. Having done many day trips to wine country while living in California, we are pros at safe care-travel-wine-tasting. We loaded up the car with the essentials: a blue, a semi-firm, and a soft cheese, plus three types of cured meats, bread sticks, chopped veggies, and a bag of olives (which we have decided we have got to bring back to the US). We hopped into the car feeling proud of our preparatory work. As we both looked down at the stick shift and then peered our heads around the steering wheel to see the clutch, we burst into laughter... (Read More)

By Ravi and Karina's Travel Blog

Hi everyone! We left Santiago and Chile and flew over the Andes, and headed right back down to the other side of the mountains in Argentina, where we headed to the city of Mendoza, a place known for it’s vast wineries.

First of all, I was personally looking forward to going to Argentina. Through football whilst growing up, I’d become interested in knowing more about the country, and I’d always heard Buenos Aires being such a cool place to go and visit. Although the previous destinations on our travels in Peru, Bolivia and Chile had been such a blast, I hadn’t had any expectations going into those places, which possibly made the experience that much better. But Argentina was probably the first place I was expecting something from. I’d heard about the football, the food, the people; it was now time to experience all of that.

Mendoza was founded in 1561 by the Spanish, and due to the system of irrigation put in place by the natives who occupied the area before them, Mendoza was an ideal place for agriculture. It was this that allowed the region to prosper into a vast wine-producing region, allowing it to be part of the nine cities of Great Capitals of Wine worldwide.

..And so what would be a trip to Mendoza be, without a trip (or two! or three?!) to a winery. And that’s exactly what we did on our first day on Mendoza.

Now, you’d think that you spend the morning doing a few activities or sightseeing, have lunch, then... (Read More)

By Dairy Fruit

Day 124: Mendoza

Back in a big city. When we arrived in the early morning, I already missed being in a small town. So much noise and things happening! Also the subconscious feeling of having to be slightly more alert.

We did manage to wrangle a pretty sweet private room though, at Hostel Suites Mendoza, where we had all that we needed (even a never before seen shower / toilet combo. Should have tried to have a shower while on the toilet, perhaps next time).

Most of the day consisted of napping and eating some food, before setting out to a mall so that we could watch Mad Max in the cinema.

I must say I really enjoyed the film, some great practical effects and Charlize Theron was real badass.

Day 124: Meeting a local

Amazingly Fernanda, our guide at Cueva de las Manos, as she said she would agreed to show us around her hometown. She even picked us up in her car, from the hostel (which she actually worked in as well!), to visit a park nearby as well as to see the town from a nearby viewpoint.

In the afternoon, we parted ways but made sure to invite her for some dinner later. During the meantime we had some ice cream and a nap, fitting in nicely with the local siesta culture.

Fernanda took us to a place to find some Picada – mixed tapas like platter, which tasted awesome. During the course of our dinner, we found out that she actually studied electrical engineering before switching to english. Using this, she did an exchange program in the US for 6 months and also worked in Ireland as an aupair.

Another interesting fact was that Wednesday and Thursday nights are girls night around here and that dates happen normally on the Friday night. Apparently if a guy asks you out on the Wed / Thur nights you need to be suspicious, as this could mean... (Read More)


Mendoza, Argentina: You knew me first when I was a scared homesick tongue-tied simultaneously let-it-be student. And you changed me.

Viña del Mar, Chile: You knew me first when I was an unstoppable, determined, don't-look-back, go with the flow, focused, unprepared English professor. And you changed me.

And here I am, hour 3 of the mountainous, breathtaking and nauseating traverse between Argentina and Chile. This is the conclusion of a 6-day visit home to Mendoza for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.  I feel as if I'm traveling over the curvy (hence the nausea) path between my past and my present: The four years smushed into 7-12 hours (depending on how congested customs is). It wasn't easy for me to get here, on this bus. In fact, I was supposed to return 3 days ago. But many things can happen in a short time.

This time four short years ago I was right in the middle of my study abroad semester in Mendoza, Argentina, located 7 hours from Santiago, Chile. My program of 30 or so students was composed completely of... (Read More)

By Richard A. Baxter, MD at Plastic Surgery Practice

It isn’t much of an exaggeration to say that you can taste the history of Argentina in a glass of Malbec from Mendoza. As a country, Argentina still struggles despite great resources, only intermittently letting its immense potential shine. This is as true for its wine as for its social institutions.

To be sure, there are some fantastic wines, many of them a great value and widely available. Yet as recently as March of this year, thousands were taking to the streets in protest over falling grape prices in the face of another inflation cycle triggered by another government default.

Winery workers and producers gathered to dump wine on the provincial capital steps. The governor’s response was a call for curbs on subsidized production of low-quality bulk wine and a suggestion to plant other crops.

I was fortunate to visit Mendoza before this latest upheaval. The first thing you notice when you arrive is the... (Read More)

By Brendan's Adventures

When I first moved to South America some 6 years ago, I heard tourists talking about Mendoza, Argentina.  They talked about going on winery tours by bicycle.  Bikes and wine; and idea so terrible it might be genius.  And, it is.  This was now my second time to Mendoza.  The second time that I’ve made jumped on a bike and cycled around to the various wineries. My second time getting a little bit too drunk to properly control a bicycle.

Though I did shoot some photography on my trip to Mendoza, this stay here in the capital of Malbec was focused much more intently on indulging a little bit.  Of course, I made a video of it all, and even managed to get a couple sharp images despite the alcohol content in my... (Read More)

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