Today we went horseback riding in the Andes! It was a two-hour trek and by the end, I was so sore I could hardly walk. Everything hurts :p
But the scenery was totally worth it. The mountains are amazing and since it rained a little bit again today, it was nice and cool out.
My horse was super slow and at the very back for the first part of the trip, but on the way back to the stable, he wanted to take charge and I ended up right next to the guide or in front of him most of the way back. My horse kept blazing trails and taking me through bushes and through rocky passages.
I’ll probably be bruised for a while, but I’m so glad I had the experience. It’s something I’ll never forget!
Last night we went to la Fiesta de la Vendimia, where people celebrate the harvest. It was amazing. There were lots of vendors selling crafts and jewelry and food from all over the world. I had a waffle from Germany with dulce de leche. It was really good, but really sweet.
On the big stage, there were musical performances that told the story of the harvest. We didn’t stay for the whole thing because we had to get up early today, but I loved what I did get to see. We missed the election of the reina, or queen, but we got to see the introductions at the very beginning.
It rained yesterday, which was really nice, because it cooled things down, but we got poured on for a few minutes. We were soaked, but I was glad to escape the heat. It only rained a little at the Fiesta, so it was a perfect night for the event.
Last night we went to a Tango show. This time it was just singing, so it wasn’t nearly as exciting as the first one we went to. But we were on the roof of a building, so that was fun, even though it was really hot yesterday.
It was cool to see Mendoza from the roof.
Tonight we’re going to Fiesta de la Vendimia. It’ll be really cool to experience another part of Mendoza’s culture!
Today we learned about wine and then went to see where and how wine and olive oil are produced. It was really hot today, so that took away from the experience a little bit, but it was still interesting.
I don’t really like wine, but I tried 5 different kinds today and didn’t love any of them. But it was fun to be able to do something I’m not old enough to do back home.
Wine is a huge part of Mendoza’s culture. I like that I get to be immersed in the culture here, but it’s crazy to think that I only have about a week left here. Time has flown and since we’re going to be so busy this last week, I know it won’t be slowing down. I have to enjoy everything while it lasts!
Today we got to paint our own murals! It was pretty cool, even though I’m not the best artist. It was fun to be able to make our mark on UNCuyo though.
We learned about different feelings in class yesterday, so we each had to pick a different emotion and then choose an animal or object that represented that word. I choose ternura, which means tenderness and I painted starfish to represent my tattoo.
It was really cool to see the finished project and I liked doing it.
After lunch, we went to Las Heras, a street with a bunch of different souvenir shops. I got a bunch of cool stuff (including Argentina’s flag!) for very little money. Fun times!
Yesterday we talked about murals in class. Then, for our excursion, we went to look at different murals in Godoy Cruz. They had lots of really cool ones and it amazes me how good paintings on walls can be.
Today we’re going to be painting a mural of our own! I’m not the most artistic person, but I think it’ll be cool to leave a piece of GB in Mendoza.
After our crazy adventure last night, it was nice to have a day to relax. We went back to our host dad’s parents’ house and spent most of the day there. There were 25 people there and 7 dog…absolutely loco. Everyone was really nice though and it was nice to meet our family’s extended family. It was also nice to hang out it the pool, since it was kind of warm again today. Not as bad as it has been, but it was hot in the sun.
Today was the perfect day to take a picture with our family. Everyone was there and the weather was wonderful. We’ve officially been in Mendoza for a week, which is hard to believe. Time flies when you’re having fun!