We have been back home for about 2 weeks now. It is nice to have the amenities and location that you are familiar with. Not that many of the amenities were different. It was just different. I couldn’t get my mind around how the water swirled the opposite direction when you flushed the toilet. I’m kidding of course. Mendoza is a fabulous city of over 100,000 residents and close to 1 million in the metropolitan area. Sitting in my home in a Canadian winter you can bet the one of the things I miss is going to be the weather.
- The Weather – Each and everyday we were in Mendoza it was sunny and around the 30 degree Celsius mark. I am so glad the humidity was low. The temperatures were great for touring the city and eating out on the patios.
- The Shade Trees – In the downtown area, there were plenty of trees lining the street. Good thing too or we might have burnt in that hot sun.
- The People – Everywhere we went on our trip, the locals were helpful and very congenial. Many spoke some English, too. On the mountain, we met many people. Josie is from Montreal and she is bilingual. Her language skills were a huge asset in communicating and making new friends. We met people from Argentina, Chile, USA, Switzerland, Germany, France and Canada, to name a few countries.
- Restaurants – Restaurants were plenty and inexpensive compared to Canadian restaurants. The service was great, which, altogether, made the experience of dining at 10 or 11pm a wonderful experience. This is the time that most people dined for supper. Shouldn’t those kids be in bed?
- The tempo – Perhaps it was because we were on holidays on part of the year that everyone is on a holiday (Christmas time), the pace was relaxed. People weren’t slow, but they were not in a hurry either. It was nice to have the time – when we get there, we get there.