Argentina 2013: A Wonderful Hunt and Fantastic Vacation; Mendoza

by david on September 17, 2013

Sunday June 2nd, 2013

The alarm went off at 7:30 this morning.  We had to finish packing for our trip to Mendoza.  Our ride arrived at 8:30, and the day was off to a smooth start.  Then the day turned into a typical travel day.  We made it to the airport in plenty of time and the flight was delayed.  After it finally showed up and things were starting to sort themselves out, we got sent to the wrong gate.  Then we marched like a group of school kids from one gate to the other.  In the end, we made it to Mendoza via Salda only 20 minutes late.  I don’t know if they made up the time on the ground or if there was a heck of a tail wind, but it was nice to end up reasonably on time.

On an interesting side note, the girls were wandering in and out of the airport shops in an effort to kill time during the delay.  In one of the shops they found a pair of boots made from the leather from a coypu (we call them a nutria).  The clerk told them the boots were naturally waterproof, and that makes sense, but I am sort of skeptical.  Anyway, it turned out to be a moot point as none of the girls’ sizes were available.

We got checked in to the “Condor Suites Hotel” and unpacked a few things.  The day was already 12 hours long and everyone was anxious to find some food and to get some rest.  Once again, we asked where the locals ate and ended up at a place called “Sr. Bugue”.  There was some confusion with the wine order and we got a bottle of cabernet instead of malbec, but the girls liked it just fine.  We even had a second bottle of it.  We all had a mixed-grill shish kabob.  Each person had chicken, beef, pork, veggies, and fruit.  It was all very good and a nice way to wind down the evening.


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