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Food, drinks and a great night in Mendoza, Argentina

Food, drinks and a great night in Mendoza, Argentina

On my Antarctic odyssey, we Mendoza is one of the best places to visit in the West of Argentina. It’s a vibrant city, renowned for its marvelous art, history and it’s almost impossible to not to have a great night in Mendoza. This land is the most important viticulturist center in south America and houses hundreds of wineries. The city is centered around the Plaza Independencia , with a pedestrian street (Calle Sarmiento) running through the center.  The Plaza Independencia is a huge plaza in downtown Mendoza. It easily covers 3 – 4 large city blocks in a square. There ... Read More »

Domaine Bousquet Winery Tour in Mendoza, Argentina

Domaine Bousquet Winery Tour in Mendoza, Argentina

*Disclaimer … I don’t know anything about wine … I’m Trinidadian. If a Trini says they know anything about wine … they’re either lying, have a wife/husband/nennen not from Trinidad or did I mention lying?* Now that we got that out of the way … the only thing to do in the day time in Mendoza, Argentina … is drink wine at wineries. Mendoza is a beautiful city located in the “hinterlands” of Western Argentina. For those from the Caribbean … it’s not close and you cannot really drive from Buenos Aires to Mendoza unless you have about 12 years ... Read More »

Doing the Martial Glacier Chairlift in Ushuaia, Argentina.

Doing the Martial Glacier Chairlift in Ushuaia, Argentina.

When you’re at the bottom of South America, there are actually many things to do, but you will absolutely need to rent a car, else you’re going to be priced out of many activities. For instance, I’ve written about the End of the World Train ride … which is a complete tourist trap, but still mandatory for anyone coming to this part of the world. Hiking up the Martial Glacier is also another one of those activities that aren’t necessarily super high on the list, but comes as one of those “you might as well, since you’re here” activities. Regular ... Read More »

Floreria Atlantico : Da’ Best Speakeasy Drinking in Buenos Aires

Floreria Atlantico : Da’ Best Speakeasy Drinking in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is one of my very favorite cities in the world. I think I’ve documented my love affair for this city in the past, but everytime I’ve been there … I come away thinking … Why don’t I live here … ??? Of course, that’s a completely over-romanticized notion, since Toronto is a pretty awesome city in it’s own right. That being said, Buenos Aires is truly the “Paris of Latin America”. This is a city that never stops going. It’s where you can be completely buttoned down while drinking a phenomenal bottle of Mendoza Malbec and mowing down ... Read More »

Driving from Santiago to Mendoza : The Andes Highlight

Driving from Santiago to Mendoza : The Andes Highlight

On all previous trips, I have entered Argentina by plane, but in planning to get from Santiago to Mendoza, I had to consider the three summer options (driving or busing in winter is quite risky): Fly from Santiago to Mendoza I considered this, but this proved to be very expensive and not that much of a time saving. I also considered that in addition to the cost of several hundred dollars, I would have missed some of the most beautiful landscapes outside of Patagonia. Take the bus from Santiago to Mendoza I personally hate taking the bus anywhere. When you’re ... Read More »

At the End of the World train in Ushuaia … #missioncurrypenguin

At the End of the World train in Ushuaia … #missioncurrypenguin

Ushuaia claims to be the most Southern city in the world and has also branded itself the “end of the world”. It also has the World’s cheesiest attraction in “The End of the World Train”. As the southernmost railway in the world, The Prisoner’s Train recreates its historic journey and is definitely touted as something you would should do, but I thought it was bland and expensive. Even though the history of the traain and the prisoners was interesting, I thought that the views from the the train ride would be spectacular, especially given the ridiculous price points. The scenery ... Read More »

A “Trini Christmas” 12 hours in Santiago

A “Trini Christmas” 12 hours in Santiago

I’ve been to Santiago before for 10 hours and it was uneventful as I was on a layover from Buenos Aires back to Toronto. On my current trip to Antarctica, Santiago is the jump off point to Punta Arenas As you can see, getting from Santiago to Punta Arenas isn’t some little distance either and on the conclusion of the Antarctic cruise, we will be off-boarding in Ushuaia, Argentina, so this will be my only opportunity to spend some time in Santiago It is actually possible to drive from Santiago to Punta Arenas, but I have no desire to spend ... Read More »

Wednesday Photo Nights #15 : Lujan, Argentina

Wednesday Photo Nights #15 : Lujan, Argentina

This morning I was stumbling around the net and I saw this story about the World’s most “dangerous” zoo, where you can ride lions and feed bears with your mouth. I’m not a rabid animal right advocate, but there is something inherently wrong with a person can ride a full grown lion. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time, before someone is hurt badly or worse. Anyway, my memories of Lujan aren’t big lions or crazy people petting bears but rather the town itself. Getting to Lujan from Buenos Aires, is very simple … take the Transporte Atlántica bus ... Read More »

Hiking Inti Punku : A lesson in humility and my cardiovascular weakness

Hiking Inti Punku : A lesson in humility and my cardiovascular weakness

After my recent trip to Peru and Hiking Inti Punku, I know a couple things … There are way harder ways to make money, but I can’t think of many others than being a porter for hikers on the Inca Trail I would never ever do the Inca Trail … too much time spent with too few showers. Trinis and/or brown people are not cool without showers! Altitude sickness doesn’t affect me, especially if you drink 1 liter of Coca tea per hour Machu Picchu is awesome in the afternoon Lima has some sick ceviche … in fact I would ... Read More »

6 hours of Ceviche in Miraflores

6 hours of Ceviche in Miraflores

For the Trinidadian palate, we’re accustomed to many types of tastes, but eating raw fish isn’t one of them. Now what if I told a Trini that I was eating or making a “chow” … you would instantly see a Pavlovian type response of drool and watery mouth! Peruvians have the same reaction when you mention the word “ceviche”. I would like “ceviche” to a “fish chow” … especially with all the chilies and sourness that goes with it.  Ceviche is the combination of Japanese sushi/sashimi tradition along with Incan/Spanish/ Moorish traditions of letting raw fish marinate for a period ... Read More »