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After getting my first passport in 2006 and traveling to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania my life changed. I began the process of getting rid of all my possessions and traveling the world. Traveling to over 100 countries and all 7 continents, hostels have been my home. This "new life" has taught me what is important and it was NOT accumulating money or possessions. Traveling is the best education. I hope my blog will encourage others to travel. My World Tattoo was a way for me to express my PASSION FOR TRAVEL.

Loving the laid back vibe of Argentin's wine country

Monday   12/6/10

Finally getting used to Argentina's schedule which is lunch around 2 pm and then a slow dinner involving food, wine and people watchiing from about 8-10 pm. Of course there is always someone playing a guitar and singing for tips. Last night there was also a Jack Sparrow double complete with Pirates costume and unmistakable swagger. Looked exactly like Johnny Deep. He was walking up the avenue before I could get a picture and I did not want to leave my wine and follow him. lol  Back in the States I considered lunch at 11 am and by 5:30 pm I was starving if I had not already eaten. I actually splurged on Sarmiento Avenue last night and had grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, bread and 4 glasses of wine. (1 free glass with dinner and the smallest bottle contains 3 glasses) Best $14 I have spent on the trip including tip. Tonight there is free food at the hostel so I will get back on budget until tomorrow when I go on the bike and wine tasting ride. We leave at 9 am and visit 3 wineries while biking through the orchards. Leave it to the Argentines to think of drinking wine  in  the morning. When in Rome. After the 3rd winery we put our bikes back on the truck and take the shuttle back. Wise decision. Should get back around 2:30 in the afternoon. I have to move out of my room in the morning because my overnight bus to Bariloche leaves at 10:30 pm and we arrive in Bariloche around 2 the next evening. Double Decker  bus with seats that lay completely down, meals and toilet. Kinda feel guilty for all the luxury but it is supposed to be the best way and most scenic way to see the Ruta 40.

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