(View from roof terrace of Baluch Backpackers)
We are just about to leave on yet another bus journey, this time to wine country! 10 hours (on a first class bus) to Mendoza where wine tasting and white water rafting awaits!We will be staying in Hostel Legares for 6 nights and will be doing wine tasting with Mr Hugo.
Cordoba has been a cool city, we have done some exploring, seen all the churches (obviously!) and the highlight was going to see Che Guevara’s childhood home in Alta Gracia which we did today. It included many photographs from before he was the famous revolutionary and also had a lot of letters he had written to various people throughout his life, including one to Fidel Castro informing him that he was leaving the Cuban government (which he had helped set up) to go and try to gain freedom for the people of Congo. We also saw the motorbike (may not be the exact bike as he had to dump the original in Peru when it broke down) that he went round South America on when he was first exploring the continent and which led to the book/film The Motorcycle Diaries which was one of the reasons Eilidh and I came to South America in the first place!Before he had embarked on his trip round South America he did a similar journey of discovery, but just around Argentina. He did this on a bicycle that he attached some sort of motor – see below.
We also saw pictures of Fidel Castro visiting the same museum, weird to think that Eilidh and I have now walked in both Fidel and Che’s footsteps! All in all it was a very interesting experience visiting his childhood home, Viva La Revolution!
As for the rest of the time in Cordoba we have either spent it wandering around the city, checking out the various sites such as Los Capuchinos Church and Cordoba Cathedral. We have had some good meals, and lots of nice wine (in training for Mendoza).
The other highlight for me was going to watch Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks, we watched it with a dude from LA who was also wanting a Mavs win. We began in a Scottish bar (of all places!) before moving to an empty pub/club that was playing it from a projector and was accompanied by some uber-cheesey Europop. Anyway, Mavs won and everyone went home happy! Good times.
So now we are just about to leave for Mendoza, hopefully we will get our first proper bout of outdoor activities under our belt. Everyone says it is a really cool city, with numerous people we have met having done sky diving, white water rafting, zip lining, trekking and of course the wine tasting! Can’t wait!