Saturday, January 16, 2010

Project 365, Week 3

Way too many photos to choose from this week! More will probably pop up throughout the coming week although I did manage to edit down to eight for Project 365. But boy, that was hard work.

We enjoyed an asado last Sunday with the young men from Bible Institute who are helping this summer. Actually Oscar did most of the grilling. It was delicious!

Monday we traveled. And traveled and traveled. As I mentioned on Monday's post, we added a couple hours to our trip because of insufficient information and lack of road signage. But along the way we found time to stop and take some photos.

We seem to have followed the Dakar race. During our first walkabout downtown we came across this HUGE screen on the side of a building where they were showing clips from the portion of the race between Chile and Mendoza.

Wednesday we headed to Cerro de la Gloria where we could look out over the city. And take cheesy photos next to altitude signs.

Never managed to take any really good photos of the snow-capped Andes due to poor visibility. This is my best shot.

On one of our drives into the countryside we stopped at a place famous for its pork. We ate on the veranda beneath the beautiful grapevine canopy.

Mendoza is known for its fruit (there's a huge harvest festival in March) and for the vineyards. The restaurant where Tina works sells several wines from Argentina and this is one of the wineries. A breathtakingly beautiful setting with mountains in the background and row upon row of neatly tended grapevines.

Just down the road were hectares upon hectares of pear trees. I mentioned how strict the province is about not letting ANY fruit in that could possibly infect the crops...vehicles are not only searched and any fruit disposed of, but your car also has to go through a spraying station that apparently kills anything that might be on the exterior of the auto.

One of the people we talked to said the farms hire lots of additional pickers during harvest and it is traditional to pay the workers with coins. A coin for each container of fruit picked (not sure if it's a bushel or some other form of measurement). Since coins are VERY hard to come by in this country I'm wondering how they manage this. We often get candy instead of coins back in "change" or else the store owner knocks off the cents from the bill. But maybe it's BECAUSE of this tradition that coins are so difficult to find -- they're all here in Mendoza! Hmmmm, will have to study that further.

Argentina is most famous for its beef and with all that beef comes leather. Tina saved her pennies (and everything else she earned recently) in order to get some boots but she also managed to score a purse as well as this adorable jacket.

We found leather prices to be lower here than in Cordoba. No idea why, but Tina was just happy to be able to get everything for about what she would have paid just for boots in the U.S. My bargain-hunting girl is a happy camper!

I haven't been a lot of places in Argentina but so far Mendoza is my absolute favorite. The city is clean, streets are tree-lined, the food is great, there's a lot to see and do (we didn't even begin to scratch the surface) and people are friendly. We'll definitely be coming back!


The Bug said...

I'm so glad you had a good time! I'll be interested to know what you find out abou the coins.

sara said...

it is so pretty there!!! I love all the pictures and can't wait to see the rest.

oh my word, that jacket is I need to see the boots and the purse!

when does your daughter head back?

LuAnn said...

What a great place to be. I really enjoyed the pictures!!
I am coveting the jacket.
Have a great week !

skoots1mom said...

THE asado LOOKED DELICIOIUS...BET you thanked Oscar a lot.

The Dakar race is BIG there, isn't it?

great shot @ the altitude sign.

i think that's a good shot of the snow-capped Andes

Underneath the veranda was a great place to be...I especially like the grapevine canopy.

I like visiting wineries...they're always so pretty.

Tina is so pretty...especially in her new jacket.

It's hard to leave when you've enjoyed your stay so much. GREAT PICS :)

Mari said...

You have lots of pretty scenery in this weeks post. I love the place you ate with the grapevine covered arbor. Tina looks great in her new jacket!

H-Mama said...

SO beautiful there!! Lovin' the jacket too! I'm with Sara... we need to see the boots and purse. ;)

beckyjomama said...

That veranda looks so cozy ... and so does the leather jacket! Love it!

Lisa said...

You are having such an incredible time! How blessed you are that your daughter can visit for so doubt it will be hard to see her go.

Love your lunch spot under the vines!

Cathy said...

What a beautiful country you are showing us. The asado looks scrumptious and I really like the leather jacket too.

Amy said...

What beautiful pictures. I hope you had a wonderful trip. Nothing like a good deal on a leather jacket!!

Great pictures


Elizabeth said...

that asado looks so good... my mouth is watering! yummy

Ma Hoyt said...

Nice pictures, Kim. And I was SO relieved to realize that the lady behind the rock was Tina and not you, otherwise I would have been really ticked that someone the same age as me is so hot looking.

Lori at The Davidson Den said...

Wow, what a picturesque trip! Just beautiful. Especially the grapevine canopy. Love that!!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

WOW! That arbor was amazing. I bet sitting under there enjoying a meal was way cool.

It looked like you had a great time.


Darla said...

i really wish i could reach through the screen and grab some of the meat on the grill! it looks amazing!

Tori said...

Looking at the grill makes me hungry!
The scenic pictures are gorgeous!!! Especially since I am sitting under a permacloud of winter in Indiana!

Denise said...

Lovely pictures of a beautiful country! Glad the earth quake did not affect you! Thanks for making us virtual tourists!