Gra Nomad Wanderings

Friday, February 10, 2006


The trip across the spectacular Andes Mtns was just that! We just don`t have that sort of geography in Oz. It cost us nearly $30 AUS each to do the 4 hour bus journey. Most people advised us to fly Santiago - Buenos Aires, but we have no regrets...yet. Only suggestion is make sure you do the Santiago-Mendoza trip in daylight. All those magnificent switchbacks, the valleys, the snow, the glaciers... we loved it.

Our appreciation of the humble Peugeot 504 (Pug) went up when a taxi driver took us from the Mendoza bus station to the hostel where we`d booked - the one in the CITY of Mendoza, not the one in the STATE of Mendoza, 3 hrs away (see earlier blog.)

It must`ve been midnight when we booked into the room...a room for 6 which fitted the 4 of us nicely. PJ and I went out to the desk to ask if there was any chance of rustling up a bit of grub (tucker, food.) Within 10 minutes, the 4 of us were sitting down to a feast of carne (meat), cooked vegies, and a cheese/apple/cabbage/honey salad. Plus a large jug of red wine! While we were wining and dining, a sing-a-long started. So we were entertained (at 12:30 am) by some great SA music.

It was maybe 2am when Fay and I decided to quit. PJ and Jem did likewise a few hours later! (Great to be young.)

The next day we paid our bill ($14 AUS each for accomm and all the food and wine) and taxied to Francisco`s place to stay with him for a couple of days which turned out to be 3. Francisco is a local SERVAS member. He and Maria and Anna-Marie looked after us really well.

We have not been very long in this country but Jeremy said he`s coming back to marry an Argentinian! (I did try to line him up with one of Trev and Lois` girls in Dubbo.)

We`re now in San Luis. It`s even more fantastic than Mendoza! You`ve gotta come visit and have a day`s trekking in the National Park Quijadas. Unreal! Be great if I can get some photos on here... skills not too crash hot I`m afraid.

Tomorrow we bus to Buenos Aires (BA). I`m happy now because I had a 42 km mtnbike ride today. And PJ`s ADHD has been addressed by a bit of shopping... for herself and friends!

Talk to you when we get to BA or thereabouts. Hope we find Debbie at the airport Sunday morning.


At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great to follow your travels through emails and blog sites. sounds like great family time, praise the Lord. Am lining up a bike ride at school next week, i think. have tried the Giant on the roof must try the Trek. Jen and JC send their love

At 12:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you find me at the airport tomorrow too...
Italy has been great, I have especially loved Rome where you just wander down streets and find amazing buildings and fountains! Cant wait to tell you all about it! Anyway, Iàm off to catch the train to the airport now... see you in BA!

At 9:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cananda just scored in the wintrer olympics, can you see any of them? Aussie leading Davisd Cup Tie 2/1 with two sinbgles to play tonight
lovce alapalal

At 1:07 AM, Blogger Ron, KS said...


Hopefully, it's much warmer there for your bike rides! It's 16°F here this morning.

I'm starting to read the BAK site and it's coming alive with people posting.

Only like 115 days, so I gotta get some miles in soon!

Best wishes,

At 1:25 AM, Blogger Keasty said...

Go Aussies in Davis Cup!
Ron, can u send me an email to new address


Just picked up daughter Debbie from airport. Great to see her.

We depart tomorrow for Foz near Igiacu Falls.... 3 countries there I think.


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