20 Mar Mendoza and Maipu Valley: Riding out the Winter

[caption id="attachment_2349" align="alignnone" width="660"] Moon over Mendoza.[/caption] With spring quickly approaching, it’s difficult to contain the excitement that warm weather brings. Even the staunchest snow-lovers have to admit that shedding those extra layers and letting the skin breathe feels great. No longer relegated to the library, students head outdoors to study in the sun, or ditch the books for an hour (give or take the afternoon) of stress relief. Instead of slogging through the slush to class, walking becomes a pleasant respite from the hours spent sitting. That insane speed luge of ice and peril resumes being a short bike-ride to class. While we’ve been freezing and forced to walk between classes, the Argentinians have been chuckling atop their ten-speeds (or fixed-gears, if they’re as hipster as some Americans). Our winter was their summer, and they’ll still get to enjoy the benefits of a bike during their cold season (hint: even cities further south, like Buenos Aires, remain safe enough to cycle because it rarely snows, though it's chilly). And if you’re headed further north, say, to the Mendoza area of Argentina, the “cold season” makes the weather even nicer, since the oppressive heat and humidity subside, leaving sun and a comfortable breeze. These can be appreciated more atop a bicycle. And even more so with a few glasses of Malbec. It seems an unlikely marriage, but bicycle and winery adventures have been a staple in the Mendoza wine region for years. The villages,...

Read More