My first few days in Mendoza have been amazing! It’s currently winter here so there are not many tourists. During the day temperatures reach the 60s and it gets down to around 40 degrees at night. While I’m excited for spring to come so I can get out and do more hiking in the Andes, it is nice to get to know the city during the low season. In my hostel most of the travelers consist of long term backpackers who have been traveling around South America for anywhere from 5 months to 2 years.
I spent my first day here mainly catching up on sleep but on Saturday I went to a “walk” to the park which turned into a 9 mile uphill hike to a viewpoint the overlooks Mendoza and the mountains nearby (pictures below). So far, everyone in Argentina as been really nice and I’ve enjoyed the fact that there were a lot of rowers, runners, and bikers in the park. On Saturday night, the hostel had a BBQ in which they cooked a ton of red meat (as is typical here). I then stayed up visiting with several of the hostel guests and employees until 4:30am. The group included 3 French people, 1 Brazilian, and 1 guy from Switzerland. It is having opportunities to meet people from so many different cultures that make traveling and hostels some of my favorite things. On Sunday, I enjoyed the nice day by going on my first run in the city which made it feel a little more like home. Now that the weekend is over, I will start preparing my resume and cover letters so I can hand deliver them to the schools here at the start of the work week!