Mendoza’s Malbec Wine from Argentina

Today I am going to tell you more about Mendoza a city in Argentina

After my two month of school in Buenos Aires I started my trip in Uruguay Montevideo and my second stop was Mendoza, the home of the Malbec red Wine.

Why Mendoza?

Mendoza is the capital of the province of Mendoza. The City is located on the eastern side of the Andes. If you are interested in hiking, rafting, zip lining, horse riding or sports in general this is the right place for you! But what if you just like to relax and have a good time? No problem, since Mendoza is also a wine region, there are dozens of vineyards, wine cellars to visit.

Depending where you are staying the vineyards can be reached by bicycle, bus or taxi! They offer wine tours mostly in the mornings and show you around, explaining the production and letting you taste there originals Malbec wines!

I stayed at the Lemon Tree Hostel which is outside of the city but really close to all the outdoor activity’s you might want to do! Nice rooms, a pool with a relaxing area, a kitchen and a good prise.

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Places to visit are:

Thermas de Cacheuta (hot water springs thermal bath)

Potrerillos (hiking, rafting, zip lining, swimming)

Uspallata (Nature, hiking)

Vineyards near the hostel

 

Thermas de Cacheuta

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So I booked just one night at the Hostel and a flight the next day, because I thought there is nothing to do in the city. I sadly didn’t know that in the province Mendoza you have all this outdoor activities like Zip Lining, Hiking and Rafting including al the Vineyards! So at least stay a couple days to really enjoy your stay! Be smart!

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My stay at Buenos Aires!

Buenos Aires Argentina! I like, I love, I miss!

I studied Spanish for two month in a school in Buenos Aires. The name of the school was Expanish. I lived in an apartment with a family, I had my own room with bathroom and TV. The breakfast and dinner was included. I lived in a nice neighbourhood called Retiro near the Plaza General San Martín Park.

The park was perfect to relax after a stressful day. I loved hanging out in all the parks in the city.

Near my apartment was the main Bus terminal of Buenos Aires. Behind that Terminal is a really bad zone, there live a lot of poor people and the houses look all really bad and some are even destroyed. It is not recommended to walk around this area because of thieves.

You can reach everything in bus, metro or taxi. In the afternoon the traffic gets really bad so it’s much easier to walk or take the metro.

What surprised me the most was that they offer Uber almost everywhere in South America with better prices! You can also use Cabify or Easy Taxi. I used mostly Uber because I know that one from Switzerland.

Obelisco, Avenida 9 de Julio

A monument really important is the Obelisco at the Avenida 9 de Julio. Till 1960 this street was the widest in the world with 140 meters till they build an even wider one in Brazil. La Brasileña Eixo Monumental.

Continue reading My stay at Buenos Aires!

Jardín Japonés Buenos Aires! Hablas español?

Jarín Japonés in Buenos Aires Argentina!

Buenos Aires is a vibrant and huge city. With its different neighbourhoods, parks, museums, shopping malls, cinemas, restaurants, bars it is a must do! I have stayed a total of 2 month there and had a blast.

You will find many places to relax for such a busy city. parks to lay down, read a book and forget about the traffic noise.

 

I would recommend you going in the morning, it will be colder and less crowded. In January February it can get 35 up to 40 degrees Celsius like 95 – 104 F.

One of the parks is called Jardín Japonés and he is located in the neighbourhood Palermo near Recoleta. You need to pay a little entrance fee but in my opinion it is worth it!

The Park was completed in 1967 and opened on the occasion of the visit of the Japanese Crown Prince Akihito and his wife Michiko.

Within you will find a Buddhist temple, a cultural centere, a restaurant, a greenhouse known for its collection of bonsai trees, and a souvenir shop.

There is a big lake in the middle of the Park with two red bridges. Beautiful plants, a little waterfall in the middle and a lot of fish swimming around. The park is home to a lot of typical plants of South America.

 

Palermo is the place to be if you are looking to party and have a fun night out with friends in Buenos Aires!  Also you will find parks like this picture, with beautiful flowers. 

Like always I will keep you posted! Thanks for reading my blogs!

With best regards David!

 

 

One day at Cali Colombia, City of Salsa

A day in Cali!

I rented an apartment near the city centre. That day I woke up around 8 o’clock. I made my breakfast like always, eggs, ham, toasts and a coffee.

I payed 160 dollars for 7 night and my friends almost 400 dollars. So check out https://de.airbnb.com/ if you’re interested in renting an apartment. It is normally even cheaper than a hotel in South America!

At 10 am I met my friends that stayed at the sheraton hotel close by, which was to expensive for my taste. But of course I used there Rooftop Pool!

Hotel Four Points by Sheraton Cali, nice rooms, breakfast and near to all the good streets, with bars, restaurants etc.

 

Here the view from the Rooftop Pool!

 

At 10.15 we started our City tour with a little bus up the hill to the Cristo Rey Statue. It kind of reminds me of the one in Rio de Janeiro.

The view over the city, must be nice at night!

So from there we drove to the city centere to see the Catpark. In 2006 there was held a contest between different artists that had to create a design for one of those cats. It is a relaxing place next to the river.

Here some pictures of those cats

Salsa Caleña, Capital of Salsa

Cali is the world capital of salsa because here the dancers of the 60s and 70s (Salsa dancers) risked to speed up the salsa music a little, because they felt it was slow. So since that time Cali is famous for its salsa Caleña.

Within the City you will find this monument for salsa. Las trompetas de niche. If you walk under it, you are able to listen to the different stages of the creation of a salsa song.

MUST DO! SALSA

So if you are in Cali, you have to dance Salsa! There are a couple places to take Salsa classes.

The Viajero Hostel offers free Salsa lessons and a nice pool, included in the Price! Of course there are Salsa clubs all over the City to enjoy a night out in this vibrant city. http://www.elviajerohostels.com/categorias/hostels/contenido/el-viajero-cali

 

After a long day we visited two churches near the centere. The Iglesia la Ermita was in my opinion a really beautiful one.

Iglesia la Ermita

Of course we needed to eat some traditional food so we got some Empanadas and ended the day with a nice meal in a trendy restaurant.

Empanadas what?

But what are Empanadas? An empanada is a fried or baked pastry in Latin America.  Empanada comes from the Spanish word empanar that literally means enbreaded.  Normally they are stuffed with meat or cheese, corn and other ingredients. Just amazing and a must try if you visit South America!

 

Wedding Day!

Also that week was the weeding of a good friend of mine. He married a wonderful girl from Cali. I had to dance Salsa with all of her friends and family. In this picture you can see, where the ceremony took place.

I will keep you posted with more stories of my travels and pictures I took along the way.

With best regards David

Things to see in Córdoba Argentina

Landed in Córdoba Argentina

The plane touched the ground and it started to rumble. It was a good landing and scattered people started to applaud. I realized there's no return, im in Cordoba, Argentina now. Grabbed my backpack from the luggage belt, inhaled deeply and went through the customs. I spend four days in the city and want to show where to stay and what to see in Córdoba Argentina.

A shot Vlog about the city and things to see in Córdoba, Argentina. Don't forget to subscribe to my Youtube Channel

old car Córdoba Argentina

A city with surprises

I've been invited to Córdoba, Argentina by three friends. I had no expectations. Arriving there i was surprised how many beautiful spots this city has to offer. The clash between modern architecture and and old brick buildings. Delicious Restaurants, great nightlife and just a few minutes drive and your in the nature.

Campus of Córdoba Argentina

Córdoba has big universities with a lot of students and a beautiful campus area.

Things to see in Córdoba Argentina

The stunning Capuchin Church. The catholic church of Córdoba.

Capuchin Church Córdoba Argentina

The Interior of the Capuchin Church.

Puente del Bicentenario

The famous twin-bridge "Puente del Bicentenario".

Architecture Córdoba Argentina

You'll find gorgeous brick buildings in Córdoba Argentina.

Architecture Córdoba Argentina

The clash of modern and aged.

park córdoba argentina

Paseo del Buen Pastor

The "Paseo del Buen Pastor" a cultur centre in the city center.

Gallery of Arts Córdoba

The entree of the Gallery of Arts.

symmetry Gallery

The Interior of the Gallery.

Cathedral of Córdoba Argentina

Cathedral of Córdoba Argentina

old train station Córdoba Argentina

The old train station.

Córdoba is the secont largest city in Argentina after the capital city Buenos Aires. It is known as a university city. lots of students enjoy studying in Córdoba because of the good university infrastructure and the life costs are lower than in Buenos Aires. That means a lot young folks in the city and shows up in a great nightlife.

government house Córdoba Argentina

The modern government house in the center.

street vendor argentina

streetlife córdoba Argentina

Streetlife.

market Córdoba Argentina

sunset argentina

Ending the Citytrip with a stunning sunset!

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The beginning of something great!

Into the blue

This was the beginning. This is were my journey started, an adventure trough South America. I had quit my job packed my camera and clothes into a rucksack and went on the plane to travel the world. Some savings on the bank account.

Getting rid of unnecessary stuff

Sold my Car, the motorbike and all the unnecessary belongigs i used to have back than. i was somehow not happy with my life. thinking about sitting in an office nine to five working for the weekends and vacations was a horrible routine. the main decision of this trip was to get my mind free, find out what i really love to do and what i want to do with this precious and limited "thing" called life. Looking back to this time i realize it was perhaps the best decision i've ever made! It was the beginning of something great.

Solo Travel

It was somehow scary to leave everything behing and just leave all alone on a trip to perhaps not the safest continent. I sat in that plane and could feel my heart beat. But it felt like an emotional cocktail of fear, joy and a sense of freedom. I felt alive!

The very first Vlog i recorded, some of the footage is a bit shaky, some is already pretty cinematic i would say. Make sure to subscribe to my Youtube Channel

 

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Ivan Snz ⛛ (@perfspots) am

I Flew from Zurich Airport to Cordoba, Argentina. In the Airport of Paris, which has a beautiful architecture, i had a stopover.

 

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It was already night when i arrived but my friends could not wait to show me around an brought me to the Citycenter with a modern designed and lighten up government building. This was the beginning of much more adventures!

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La Cumbrecita

La Cumbrecita near Cordoba, Argentina