Got to say, waking up definitely didn’t make me too happy. But I was able to stumble out of bed, onto the bus and fall right back asleep. That was appreciated.

On the way there we stopped for pictures. Totally worth it. The view. The water. ^__^ I love mountains. I just want to live somewhere that I can wake up every morning and feast my eyes on them. Or at least have a vacation home with mountains. A ver (We’ll see)

Gorgeous view of lake
Gorgeous view of lake

Cool kids!
Cool kids!

So the plan was to go trekking and then to el Puente de los Incas. Of course things didn’t go according to plan. Recall that this is Argentine autumn. And we are in the mountains. So what else would there be but snow. And noooo we can’t trek in the snow. Not like I’ve played soccer in the snow. But no, no snow trekking for you. And I was even looking forward to it.

Puente de Inca
Puente de Inca

Pretty mountains...WITH SNOW
Pretty mountains…WITH SNOW

We continued straight to the bridge. It was really weird. I was wearing a tank under my rugby jacket in the snow. The mountains surrounded us and there were a good few inches of snow. So pretty and strange. I was wearing shorts the other day. And now, there’s snow. You know, if I could have a couple days of snow and then it disappear, I would appreciate snow a lot more.
So we get off the bus, and guess what we immediately do…SNOWBALL FIGHT. And this was amazing snow for snow ball fights. We didn’t even have to roll and pack the snow into balls. Just grab a handful and throw. Snow went everywhere. I was lucky and was wearing my fingerless gloves. Other people by the end couldn’t feel their hands. And I founds snow/ice in my pocket.
HOLY SHIT THERE'S SNOW!!!!!
HOLY SHIT THERE’S SNOW!!!!!

Took like 3 tries to get a picture without people crossing the road...
Took like 3 tries to get a picture without people crossing the road…

So we were talking about making Star Wars snow things. When I found myself holding a blob of snow in my hands with no one to throw it at, I decided to try and snow sculpt.
Failed attempt at snow scultping
Failed attempt at snow scultping

If you can’t guess who it is, I totally understand. Not that good. But I still like him ^___^ I tried to make R2D2. After lunch, we fell into the tourist trap and checked out the stalls. Frivolous purchase!!! I bought myself a wooden carved llama holding little llama picks for like appetizers. I like ‘em. There very smooth it’s pretty amazing.

And of course before getting back on the bus we had one last snowball fight. FOR THE GOOD OF THE EMPIRE!!! And I again found ice in my pocket, got snow shoved into my face and water dripping down my shirt. Now that was cold.

So remember those llamas…well they are perfect sized for stabbing people in the side. 6 picks means double wielding for 3 people…let the battle begin.

Photo Op!
Photo Op!

Action shot!
Action shot!

Our last stop before heading home was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Lots of snow, lots of mountain. A gorgeous view that even the least camera prone people started snapping photos.
...wow
…wow

COOOOLLLLDDDDDD
COOOOLLLLDDDDDD

But wait…the view from that hill is probably prettier. Runs to the next hill. (Thank the powers that be for my wonderful hiking boots that kept me dry and warm.
Mau's a bitch
Mau’s a bitch

No matter...I have conquered the snow!
No matter…I have conquered the snow!

Oooh and over there, we can probably see the whole valley! Run, run, run, short break, climb uphill…ahhh xD
We can survive the coldness together!
We can survive the coldness together!

The view was worth the cutting wind that made me wish I had a bubble surrounding me. But it was cold, so no sooner than we got there than we turned back. I even slid on my butt down to get to the bus. And apparently my pants are pretty waterproof also. Cool!

On the long ride back I was informed about how many nerdy things I am lacking on and was given nerd homework. In my shame I will not list what needs to be done to correct my knowledge. But I remain happy knowing I still know the most about Star Wars and anime/mangas. Just have to brush up and/or start on some other things. Fuck I’m going to have no life when I get back to the U.S.

Dinner in Argentina is notoriously late. We got back around 7 and were starving. But we didn’t expect to have dinner for another 3 hours or so. Irish pub it was. And what is an Irish Pub without a chess game? An Irish pub. But whatever. We brought the chess! And we were nerds in the corner again. I got first game against Kim again. Kez was sitting next to me on the other side and totally though for most of the night that I was shunning him since my back was turned to him while I was playing chess.

Nah bro, just playing chess.

Correction, just winning chess. I may have stolen some of Mau’s strategy of fucking shit up with ponies and somehow Kim noticed nearly none of my mistakes. I swear it was one of the proudest moments in my life.

Since I won, I got to play Mau next. I gave away my bishop on the first few moves stupidly, but fortunately took a breath, didn’t sacrifice more pieces for the sake of it, regrouped and kept going at him until our pieces were tied again and then I took more pieces than him. I was so engrossed in the game that Amelia had to call me several times before I realized that there existed life outside of the game.

But then it was going on 10 and we were still fighting for a win. The group told us dinner would be ready around 10. Despite our wings and fries, we were still hungry and didn’t want to miss out on dinner. So we got to the point where we rushed our moves. I nearly killed myself trying to get checkmate. But then Kim for the sake of food pointed out another move that could get me check mate. YAY two wins in one night. Maybe I should leave my record at that and swear of chess for the rest of my life.

P.S. If you play chess, you should download this app called Chess by Post, it’s free and challenge me…I’m actually not that good…but it’s fun. My name’s stonerkittyx3 DON’T ASK

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