|So I thought my days couldn’t get any lazier, but today I proved myself wrong. Let’s see- first Kadu watched a movie while I dozed. Then we watched reruns of bad TV and methodically ate all of the leftovers in the fridge. We primped, I did my toes. I folded the laundry, and made our suitcases mostly presentable again. We’ve done (dropped off and picked up) our laundry twice, which seems excessive in the time we’ve been gone, I know. The only real research I did for this trip was temperature and climate research. According to this research, it was supposed to be an average of 81 degrees for a high and 57 for a low in Mendoza. In actuality it has been between 85 and 90 during the day, and a low of maybe 78. SO- we’re wearing our summer stuff and nothing else. Even in the mountains for horseback riding at night it was just short sleeves. No big deal, the laundry places have a one hour turn around, and there seems to be three of them within two blocks from here. Speaking of “here”, I was a little nervous about changing apartments, as I had just sort of learned the neighborhood of the other one. Turns out that this one has several banks, parks, laundry, and a supermarket all within steps. It has a little less traffic noise, but I have to tell you, I’ve heard traffic every single night I’ve been in town. All night. I’ve taken to wearing earplugs. This apt also has a pool, and is infinitely cleaner. Probably can’t tell from the pics. In any case, we left the house at like 5pm, and went to two nearby parks. The plaza Indepencia is about 4 blocks from here, and on all four corners of that park are small, neighborhood parks. We went to Espana (Spain) and Italia. The other two are Chile and San Martin- not to be confused with the big San Martin park, where the zoo is. San Martin apparently freed Argentina and Chile fro Spain, and crossed the Andes with his men and horses to do it. His name pops up in many places here. Once again, I digress. After wandering, and eating ice cream from a corner store, we decided it was time for dinner…maybe around 8pm. Turns out there was no rush to get up and at em today; pretty much all of the shops and restaurants were closed. Our choices were a place we’d already been to across the street, which we didn’t have the best experience with the first time, or McDonalds. McDonalds it was- for the second time on this trip. I’m really trying to not eat at the same place twice…..but it was fast and less than a block away. In case there’s any curiosity: yes, they serve wine/no, they do not use ice in any drinks/they have ketchup but you have to ask/no fish filets. They do however have dulce de leche soft serve. I do love all forms of dulce de leche, which is essentially thick caramel, and is more common in more forms than even chocolate here. We did have soft serve tonight, which means 2 ice creams in like a 3 hour period. No guilt here! I trust we will have more lazy days, and more action packed.
Either way I’ll keep you posted.