Sunday 6 January 2013


Greetings from Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina. After sampling all there is to offer of Chilean wines, it is across the border to see what the Argentinean’s can do.

Although it is only about 200 km between Santiago and Mendoza, it took all day to travel between the two cities due to a very spectacular drive over the Andes and some very inept boarder officials. 4 hours to cross the boarder into Argentina, thanks to some proper South American work ethics. Unfortunately the local population seems to accept the terrible service provide by their state officials, so nothing will ever be done about it. During the drive we also went past Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America at close to 7k metres. Not a particularly impressive mountain if I am honest, but big none the less (highest mountain outside of the Himalayas).

We have a couple of days in Mendoza, to explore the city and surrounding countryside. Really Mendoza is all about the wine and Argentineans are very proud of this area and the wine it produces. Most of the wineries are closed on Sunday, so we are due to go on a tour of a few wineries Monday afternoon. If the blog update on Monday evening does not make a huge amount of sense, you know why!

The other thing Mendoza is famous for is its nightlife, which I was lucky enough to fully sample last night. Argentineans certainly know how to party, which is possibly why so little work gets done. To be fair it was surprisingly easy to get a taxi at 5:30 in the morning and you can get a very good Mojito at the local drag show.

Nice to see Norwich winning again even if it is against Peterborough and that the Sun is again doing its bit for Ango-Argentinean relations. Please let me leave the country before we really piss them off!


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