An early flight to Mendoza to meet my friend Alex from France who I met in Thailand. Flight left at 5:30 a.m. and cost yet another pretty penny on Aerolinhas Argentinas. Unfortunately, I could only get as close as San Juan by air and then a 2 hour bus ride to Mendoza as the airport in Mendoza was closed for repairs until December 7th. It’s now open so this won’t be a problem for any of you.
In smaller towns (population more like 300,000), I like to get a place on Airbnb and live like a local especially if I plan to stay somewhere for more than 3 days. It was a successful move as I found us a two-story gem in town with a charming bakery next door and both a patio and balcony and for the first time on this trip, it almost felt like home and for only $60USD/night! Plus, we rented a car for $70USD/day so we could go to a variety of National Parks in the area and spend some quality time outdoors. I highly recommend this. Your own car and your own house in lovely bodega country…who could ask for anything more.
Unfortunately, (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), I caught the flu somewhere in Argentina as I mentioned a few days ago. Sore throat, runny nose interchanging periodically with a stuffy nose, cough, headache, fever, etc. I say fortunately because I was with a friend and had a place that felt like home. Unfortunately, because who the heck wants to get sick ever much less than when traveling overseas. Also, unfortunately, rest was not in the cards because Alex was on a timetable as was I. Today we did but tomorrow we are in for a road trip!
That’s all for now. Lots of love and sniffles from Mendoza.