‘In decision is thief of opportunity’ …
In the modem ways of life we work hard to have control of situation, learn difficult and complex thing just to make sure we can solve all the mysteries. Once I hear the story of clever and successful man who cant fly because he will be out of the control.
I’m a victim of the same situation, I plan and try best to go with plan. Although this isn’t the first kind of expedition I’m taking on but the begin have been a huge testimony, I guess the Africa experience become just normal to me. I make the decision after a month of visa waiting hoping that I will move soon but again I found myself passing one week + in Mendoza to wait for my equipment which sent in the morning of the day I got visa. Practical 300km shouldn’t be such big deal for shipping, for me it just Nairobi to Arusha. But ‘never compare’ the system it something else. The 5 days of shipping are now become 2 weeks.
The equipment sent Friday, don’t count weekends, Monday and Tuesdays in Argentina was holiday Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia (The National Grape Harvest Festival). Friday make it a 4th day then come the weekend. Monday in Argentina it holiday ‘Cumple del Bendera’ celebrating 200 year of National flag. I was told today is holiday as well, thanks it isn’t it just a riot of some workers demand more salary. Fun thing is, Argentina postal told me today is when the package crossing the border!
My main challenge of waiting and killing time in unfamiliar place is to stay fresh. I have already run out of reading material and now I’m reading a second hand book which took two days to find the place selling English books. As English valuable here, the book which in normal circumstance I wouldn’t be able to read two pages it cost me 20 pesos ($4.6) but so far it doing the job. The locals have very ease way of killing time ‘part all night and sleep all day’ and if nothing important to do just do the same. I’m not part animal, I can try 2 days a week and at least 3hrs of dancing rather than get hummed.
I assemble my Fango and make most of it to discover Mendoza. Mendoza, stand 746m.a.s.l. in the east of Andes make the end of Pantagonia and Pampas while making the begin of Andes plateau. Back in the days before Spanish this was home of Huarpes, Puelches and Incas (tribes of native Indians). They had irrigation system which was the only means to sustain life in this plain. The system ‘yangi traps’ acequias is still evident till today watering most of trees in the city. One of the biggest irrigation canal run through the city made Spanish confuse it to the river.
The city was found in 1561 by Spanish and named after Chilean governor. Today Mendoza is largest wine produce in Latin America, 9th wine capital in the world, 10 historical city by national geographic. It is also here where the film of ‘ Seven years in Tibet’ was shot. This is ease access to Aconcagua peak, you will see lots of those guys on their brand new ‘North Face’ from the top to the bottom. The city government invest a lot in tourism, since I have been here it unlikely to pass two days without sort of fiesta which are well organized. The one I love was the ‘Fiesta de la Vendimia’ , the festival of vineyard harvest which open by testing the new wine, different performances; folklore, gaucho in their black and white costume, there was also Indian and Arabic dance!
But what doesn’t go to the list is; It here where I have seen for the first time the electronic buses, ‘El Trole’. The bus connected to the electronic cable commuter down town! Why no one told me this before?