We got here after a lovely 11 hour bus ride with the heater on full blast and then the plan to get a hotel room didn´t work out as all the decent ones were booked up. So, a bit fed up and very, very hot, we booked an ensuite room at a place called Hostel Lao. Our room was amazing, really large, clean and with a decent bathroom so, after a quick wander up to the local language school and a rather intimidating entrance exam, we signed up for 10 days at the hostel and booked ourselves in for a week long Spanish course (Sians idea).

The next day we went on the obligatory wine tour and saw 3 wineries; small, medium and large. After sampling a few of the local wines we got to a restaurant and had a feast laid on for us. Then it was back to the hostel, a quick sleep, and a bbq (with more wine) organised by the owners Mike and Celeste. An English and Argentinian couple who, after travelling themselves, decided to open their own hostel.

Next day was a bit wasted (damn hangovers), but the day after we went off horseriding in a valley just below the Andes. I managed to get into second gear (trot?) on the horse without falling off. The picture of us on the horses is just after we´d rounded up all the other horses into the pen. Well Sian and our guide did anyway. I was hanging on for dear life about half a mile behind.

After all this fun it was back to school for a week. I can now count higher than two (I got to eight last time I tried) but Sian got placed in a higher group and seems to be a lot more confident asking for things. A normal conversation with a Spanish person is a bit out of reach but with a bit more practice…

After a final bbq with the owners tomorrow (7th June) we´re off to Salta which is nearish to the border with Bolivia. We are going to stay there a week and hopefully watch the England v Argentina rugby match before going into Bolivia.

David (and Sian) xx

2 Replies to “Mendoza”

  1. Hey!!
    Oh I DO like the look of Mendoza. Mountains look proper and sharp(nothing like the Cheddars and Chilterns that are sold to unsuspecting tourists here in the UK…) and BONUS – no people anywhere!! I kind of want to go there now, so I will have to research boat connections from South. or Portsmouth. Please take some photos of what you call ‘large clean and airy hostel’ – I ( the queen of 4**** hotels) would particularly be interested to get some reality check.
    Sian, I have cleverly deleted your email ( in my defence it came with a batch of Viagra offers) please could you just drop me a reminder in case I decide to join you on the other side of the world. BNP has just won 2 seats in the EU parliament, I am expecting bricks through our window any day now…
    Off to Sainsburys to get a bottle of red…

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