YAY went to Mendoza! Amelia, Mau, Bianca and myself went on the trip with Intercambio Cordoba, a group that organizes random trips for foreigners to places around the country. Mendoza for the extended weekend, why not?
It didn’t exactly start out amazing. I had bought myself this awesome wooden ring in Buenos Aires. I really, really liked it. It fit me nice and was pretty and was my favorite ring. And I’m not a ring person so that’s saying something. To get to Mendoza, we took a bus, which was a party bus. An hour or so after getting on Fernet and vodka were being passed around like it was nobody’s business. People were in the aisles dancing, chatting. Just a general party. But it was a bus so my body’s like…heyy you should sleep, sleep. So for the first part I was half napping, half chatting with Mau. Then I’m like FUCK WHERE’S MY RING!!! But it wasn’t there and I couldn’t find it. So what the hell I joined everyone for a bit. Then I thought everyone was returning to their seats. I made my way to the back of the bus and sat down. Oh wait the party’s still going…shit I’m too lazy to get back up. Well what the hell, when we get there we are going bike riding to the wineries. I should probably get some sleep. I resigned myself to my body’s demands and slept.
Morning came and we got to the hostel. It was nice, had an indoor courtyard, a bar, an outdoor bar and an icky looking pool. Oh heyy so we’re not going to go bike riding today because it’s a holiday so they’re closed. Instead we’re going to go white water rafting. And we’re going to go AFTER lunch. By the way lunch will be at around 1. We got to the hostel around 10. So we had 3 hours to nap. Well, I guess sleeping on the bus was a waste of time. Sigh.
So instead I chilled in the common area down stairs, sitting with the other social-anti social people, all of us on our phones, or in my case, my tablet. But then came along a kitty!!! It was tiny and cute. It even jumped up on my lap and cuddled with me for a bit. That was adorable until it tried to eat my tablet. BAD KITTY!
We all had an argument that was more of a discussion of different opinions of whether the cat was a guy or girl. One of the girls I was sitting with, Melissa, is going to school for vet stuff. We asked her to go check. But when she held it up to look, it scratched and squirmed away. We later found out it was a girl named Ted. I am not sure I believe whoever told me that.
On a rare chance of being social I came across some cool people. One girl had purple/green bangs swept over which I promptly admired. Another girl, Kim, had green hair in the front which was pretty sick. I was wearing my rugby jacket, with my nickname on it, Millenium Falcon. Kim asked me “Does your jacket say Millenium Falcon on it?” STAR WARS FRIENDS FOREVER!!!
Finally we left to go white water rafting. Which was around a 2 hour bus ride. Or at least it felt like that to me. More sleep time that would have come in handy had I not slept on the bus last night…sigh. But I still fell asleep. We got to the white water rafting place. But another group was rafting and we had to wait for them to finish. What better to do while waiting to go white water rafting than to take out Fernet and vodka. Are you starting to see a pattern here?
And we drank. And we talked. And had a really really really good time. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfCkBrZJZoA)
Then came the white water rafting. Bianca, Mau, Amelia and I needed 2 people to have a 6 person group. We ended up grabbing Ken, a guy from Maine and Kez, a guy from Great Britain. If you have read my post about Punto del Este or if you know me, you know I normally cannot stand cold water. Absolutely loathe it. Currently in Argentina, it is fall. Mendoza is pretty much in the mountains. And this river was definitely in the mountains. AKA the water was freezing cold. So I choose to be in the front. Viva la hoda (YOLO)
I swear our guide was trying to get us soaking wet and freezing cold, especially me. We kept on ramming into waves to spray us and I got the brunt of it. I definitely saved Kez from a lot of the water. So there consisted of a lot of me swearing in Spanish. Cool I know how to swear bilingually. My parents will be so proud.
Then when we first got to the raft in front of us, they used their paddles to splash us. I promptly attempted to splash them back. I am not too ashamed to admit that I did a poor job of it. Though that did not stop me from attacking the other rafts every time we came across them. We got to a point where Ken was trying to negotiate peace and I’d be like ATTACK!!! We were chilling at the bank at one point next to another raft. Hey…Amelia…you should totally spray them…spray them…you know you want to. MUAHAHAHAHA. I think the getting soaked in freezing water part was karma getting back at me.
Except there was one point when this giant wave hit me. Screaming out curses was not sufficient for me. Instead I embraced the anger and the coldness.
There is no peace, there is only passion.
Through passion I gain strength.
Through strength I gain power.
Through power I gain victory.
Through victory my chains are broken.
The force will set me free.
Yeah…I’m a big nerd. But even better, Mau totally joined in. We must have chanted it several times and definitely freaked out the people in our boat/amused them greatly. And I swear that is all from memory.
So overall rafting was fun. It was my first time rafting so I don’t have another experience to compare it to, but I liked it. Apparently the water was quite low and wasn’t as good as it could have been. Oh well. I felt like I almost got thrown off the raft once, but it was Mau who nearly fell in. Despite my hatred of the cold water, I held up pretty well. In fact I was possibly the least miserable due to wetness and coldness when we finished. I give credit to all of the adrenaline that was coursing through my body.