Bubbles at Plaza Independencia

Ahh! The troubles of traveling. Ever since I started travel hacking, I’ve been trying to charge everything to my credit card, and use as little cash as possible. On this day in Argentina, I was trying to conserve my pesos, as this is my last full day in Argentina, and I didn’t want to change any more money, and be stuck with a bunch of pesos. So a bunch of workarounds – buying my bus ticket to Santiago online, and deciding to eat dinner at the hotel.


The Park Hyatt is in front of the Independence Plaza. On this fine weekend, there was a fair of sorts going on, with kids running around, a performance for children, and also the ubiquitous bubble person. It was nice to sit around for a bit, and take in what a weekend in Mendoza looks like for people who live there.


After setting in and handling a bunch of administration like printing my bus tickets, I ended up at cafe Essenza, eating my last medialuna and having my last cafe con crema for this trip. I really enjoy these slow paced trips where there’s no real need to see any touristy things, and I just spend my time reading and people watching!

Coffee break and some reading

In the evening, I decided to splurge on my last Argentinian steak dinner, and ordered a steak with sausage, alongside a glass of wine from the regions. It was an excellent end to the Argentina portion of my trip! Food at the Park Hyatt is excellent, but pricey.

To work off some of the calories after dinner, I went out, and took some pictures of Mendoza after sundown. I had my tripod with me, so that gave me the opportunity to do some long exposures.