I took a taxi to work on Monday since I had my suitcase with me. Great spend of $20! It was such a pleasure not to go up and down the subway steps with a heavy bag. However, going to JFK from work, I took the A train to the AirTrain. The A was jammed, standing room only, and just plain nasty.
At the airport, I had my first Malbec to toast the trip.
The LAN flight to Santiago was a 767. 7 across. Dinner was beef stew and breakfast grilled cheese. I didn’t sleep as much as I would’ve liked to, so I’m rather zonked now.
We arrived at Santiago, and waited less than an hour for the next flight. Flying over the Andes was spectacular! At one point we were above the clouds, but the snow-topped mountaintops peaked above the clouds.
We arranged a driver, Miguel (who is going to take us to tour the Maipu region tomorrow) to meet us at the airport. What a smart move!
We got to the Park Hyatt and they greeted us warmly and had our room ready, even though it was only 12:30. We rested for a bit. In the interim, the hotel sent us a bag of full sized toiletries- wine scented- of course!
Oh, they have a jogging map!! I’m so excited! They also have a spa and a casino here at the Park Hyatt, but I have not checked them out yet.
And now it’s time to take a walk- explore the streets of Mendoza and grab some lunch. I’m starving!