W(h)ine

Things have been harder than anticipated since I arrived in Mendoza—namely, tracking down reliable Internet access is tough so I’m all kinds of out of the loop, finding an apartment is not easy, and working when everyone else is playing kind of sucks. But I am trying to focus more on the wine than whining! I’m staying in a complex of tourist apartments run by a hostel, so I have the benefit of my own little apartment, plus breakfast included (though I’m rarely up in time to enjoy it) and common areas for meeting people. It’s been really hot here, so I actually didn’t even drink any wine the first week or so I was here—beer or an icy cocktail always seemed so much more appealing. My first wine was a bottle of Cabernet shared with a guy from Alaska staying in the same apartment place—he had just bought the bottle while on a tour of one of the local bodegas. Quite nice, especially enjoyed out on a terrace glowing with the light of the late-“afternoon” sun at 9 pm*. I went wine-tasting the next day and bought two bottles, and dinner the last two nights has been out with other Americans enjoying more tasty, inexpensive wine. So far, so good!

I have finally found an apartment, but am waiting for Internet installation, so don’t feel out of the woods just yet. But I am also finding people to hang out with, and enjoying the shady tree-lined streets, and daydreaming of all kinds of adventures for the coming months, so things aren’t all bad.

*If you haven’t heard, in late December the congress in Argentina approved a plan to implement daylight savings time (for the first time ever), and the clocks sprung forward just a week later. I don’t mind it, since it means it’s light outside until around 10 pm, but some are grumbling about it, and I just read that the province of San Luis has had enough, and is going back to “regular time.”

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5 Responses to “W(h)ine”

  1. missmobtown Says:

    Hey, so glad to hear you found a place! Celebrate with a nice, icy gancia :)

  2. Mia Says:

    Amen to that. Sorry to here about the unexpected bumps, but soon it’ll all be a distant memory as you kick back with a tasty glass of something while you read all the blogs you’ve ever heard of it. It’ll be great.

  3. Mia Says:

    Whoa. HEAR. Sorry to hear.

    Nobody tell my boss about that.

  4. Mia Says:

    Also, delete that extra “it.” Is it time for happy hour yet?

  5. Amy Says:

    heh. i totally didn´t notice the here/hear, that´s how out of it I am. sheesh.

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