My trip to Argentina (or the time I ran for the Argentinean border in order to not become an illegal immigrant :O)
So, in Chile, you get 90 days on a tourist visa and most people just head for Mendoza, Argentina for a a few days to just come back in on another tourist visa. It´s an easy and beautiful 8 hour ride in bus and it has incredible scenery on the way. We almost thought we weren´t going to get through- we showed up at the bus station at 8am and 830 rolls around and still no bus. They inform us that the border has been shut down due to too much snow and bad road conditions. “Okay, fine, we´ll just come back the next day”, we said. The second morning we woke up, went to the bus station, and yet again we could not get through and no bus arrived. Then we decided we would try to go tomorrow and if not, we would just cancel all our plans. We were told the night before that it would be closed for 3 days so we had it in our mind that we weren´t going. My boyfriend wakes me up the next morning at 7am- “They are opening it just for today!”, he informs me. It was an awesome wake up call because I had been really disappointed about not going. Third time really is a charm, I suppose, eh?
So we cross through the Andes on bus and are on roads such as this:
The thing I love most about Mendoza, after having been there twice, is that it is super super clean. The Chileans would disagreed firmly, but I really prefer the people of Argentina to the Chileans. Everyone was much friendlier. We spent 3 days walking around the city, taking photographs, and went to a few wineries and olive oil farms. I also ate LITERALLY the best pasta in the world. I never knew such pasta existed before I tried pasta in Argentina.
The parks were very clean but the city still had the artsy graffiti that I love. It is never the trashy type of graffiti but always a work of art!
We ate the famous Argentinean medialunas! They are like croissants with a sweet sauce melted onto it.
The interesting thing about Argentineans linguistically is that they use the term “vos” instead of “tú”. They also use a “jsh” sound for the “ll” words in Spanish. For example, “Estoy en la calle.” The “ll” in “calle” would be said with a “y”-ish sound. Instead, argentineans say “cajshe”. I haven´t takena linguistics course in forever so the phonemes aren´t accurate but you get the idea of the proper sound.
Coming back into the chilean border, I was asked why I was going on a trip to Argentina around 90 days of being in Chile. I kept insisting it was just a trip and he had let me through with a warning. This surprised me as most people usually have no problems at all. I think they usually always just give warnings anyway. They are really relaxed about most things (and being a blonde and a foreigner kindof helps although i hate to admit it).
We ended with this view:
This wine country is fantastic in every aspect, most things are relatively cheap and much cheaper than Chile, and I really recommend it for anyone researching into visiting Argentina.
For more information on where I stayed and ate, visit here on my blog!