and Medoza wine tasting too!
08.11.2010 - 16.11.2010
I understand from our B&B hosts in Buenos Aires that Katie and I were on the local news walking around in the background of the chaos of the buenos aires airport when our flight was cancelled to Iguazu Falls! Buenos Aires decided (with apparently only a few weeks notice to the airlines) to close their domestic airport for the whole month of November - I mean, imagine if LGA was suddenly closed for a month. there would be rioting!! Anyway, in addition to re-routing flights to the international airport, the pilots union decided to strike, nice. Long story short, after our flight was cancelled we were finally able to book our new flight for 2 days later after standing in about 4 different lines at the airport for over 5 hours. luckily we had the flexibility in our schedule to be able to still fly up to Iguazu Falls (in the northeast corner of the country on the border of Brazil) a few days later.
So finally and unfortunately, instead of arriving to tropical sunshine, we arrived to the falls as a storm system was blowing through. We walked the trails around the falls for about an hour before this occurred.
Torrential downpours ensued for the next - um - 5 hours! We made the best of a bad situation and headed to the only hotel/bar in the park, and had some morning cocktails to try and wait out the rain. We finally gave up and decided that we would hope for sunshine on day 2. Luckily, the clouds cleared mid-morning. what a difference the weather makes. Here is more or less the same shot!
The pics don´t do the falls justice. I understand that they are comparable to Niagra and Victoria falls and they were truly incredible. What I loved is the falls were really long and the bright green tropical vegetation was such a contrast to the roaring white waters. It was a fabulous experience and I am so glad we finally made the trip, cancelled flight regardless.
After Iguazu we took the overnight bus down to Mendoza, Argentina, wine country! What a change this lovely tree lined city is to bustling Buenos Aires. We have been spending our time tasting and drinking alot of fabulous Argentinian wines!! It has actually been a pretty relaxing number of days which has been welcomed. Here is a shot at one of the wineries.
Otherwise, a quick updates on my reading... I plowed through 4 books in the past week or so. Day After Night by Anita Diamant (loved the Red Tent by her and unfortunately this book was a let down - maybe the sad holocaust theme was just too depressing for me), and the first 3 books in a series of victorian murder mysteries by Tasha Alexander which were actually pretty good and quick reads - And Only to Deceive, A poisoned Season and A Fatal Waltz. If this is your genre, you could do a lot worse.
All for now. I will be in northern patagonia for the next couple of weeks. More from the end of the world....