EXTRA! EXTRA! A Weekend in Mendoza

I am so thankful to live in a country where I can easily travel to another; therefore, this past weekend, my friend Katie and I traveled to Mendoza, Argentina!

Here are a few snapshots of our mini-vacation:

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In order to get to Mendoza, we took a bus from Valparaiso! The ride was supposed to be 8 hours, but turned into 13 hours as we got caught up at the border. However, the view was totally worth it! In order to get into Argentina, the bus had to drive through the Andes mountains, complete with a windy road up the side of the mountain!

On Saturday evening, we had the opportunity to go horseback riding through the hills in Argentina! Los Pingos was an amazing experience.  When we arrived, our guide, Carlos, situated each of us in the group with the proper horse and off we went! We rode for about 2 hours and learned about our surrounding area. Then we watched the sun go down over the Andes on our way back to Los Pingos.  The bottom right picture shows two volcanoes we saw on our ride. The one on the left (that is harder to see!) is active, while the one of the right is not. When we returned to Los Pingos, we feasted on an Argentinian asado, consisting of delicious steak, sausage, potatoes, tomatoes, and fantastic conversation! We had dinner with people from around the world who were also on the expedition with us; from Australia, England, France, Germany, and Argentina! Carlos wrapped up our evening with some amazing guitar skills. It was an experience that I will never forget!

Katie and I definitely enjoyed the foliage in Argentina, as there is little in terms of vegetation in our current home. We enjoyed walking to several parks and plazas within Mendoza, especially el Parque San Martin! We were able to capture some amazing shots of the few remaining roses at the park, walk around the lake, and take in a beautiful day, complete with a view of the Andes in the background. White roses are my favorite flower, so I was happy that there were a few left to enjoy!

Overall, this weekend was unforgettable and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to visit another country in South America!

HASTA LUEGO!

 

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