Becca, Amy, Emily, Kasia, Dallas, Lauryn and I arrived in Mendoza around 11am Friday morning. Eric and his dad met us at the station to help us get to our hotel, which was really nice. It was raining like crazy so we took taxis to the hotel. When we got there, we took a couple hours to settle in, get cleaned up and rest. Lauryn, Becca and I went out for coffee/tea and medialunas. Then around 3 we met Eric to get lunch and go shopping. We got asado libre (unlimited bbq) which was delicious. We had 5 or 6 different kinds of meat and a couple bottles of wine. Then we went shopping and got to see a lot of the city. We stopped for ice cream, which is a must anywhere in Argentina. There are ice cream places on every corner, and the flavors are delicious.
After we got back to the hotel Lauryn and I went to check out the pool. It was FREEZING, but I forced myself to go all the way in. It was nice and refreshing. Then we all got ready to go out and meet all the Eric's Argentine friends.
We went to a bar called Ex Xtreme and had a few typical Argentine drinks such as Gancia with sprite and lime and Fernet with coke. We met Efrain, Leo, Francisco, Nico and Ezekiel. They were all super cool and we got to practice lots of spanish speaking with them. Nico wrote a poem and wanted us to translate it to English for him. It was pretty cheesy, but fun. Francisco, Leo and Ezekiel are in a band together. We tried to get them to perform for us, but it didn't work. We stayed out till around 2:30 and then headed back to the hotel. We didn't want to stay out too late cause we had to be ready by 9 the next morning for our bike and wine tour!