We arrived in Argentina after a full 30 hours of traveling from British Columbia. After clearing immigration in Mendoza, we went to pick up our bags – all 5 of them (traveling with a baby means lots more bags and gear) except only 4 were there!?. The bag missing happened to be mine and it also contained all of our 4-month-old son Taylor’s items as well as my own. All I felt like was a cool shower and clean clothes – I guess I will have to settle with the shower! When it finally did arrive (2 days later) I found out that the baby items had been stolen. I am sure they must have really needed the baby clothes but it’s a real hassle for us. It is just another reminder that Argentina’s economy is struggling.
We picked up our run down tiny Fiat rental car (expensive and biggest they had!) then we headed for the house we rented for our 2-½ week stay. The house is on a beautiful estate with a pool and beautifully manicured gardens that smell absolutely lovely after coming from cold wintery weather. The owner of the house also owns a winery and was gracious enough to leave us a couple bottles of Malbec wine from his vineyards – which turned out to be an incredible drop. Yani, a local woman who is taking care of the house for the owner (as he teaches oenology at a California University), greeted us. She is very friendly and welcoming, offering to help in any way while we are here.