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We spent part of last week in a little town called Blenheim in the north of the south island.  Blenheim and the surrounding area (called Marlborough) is known and famous for its many wineries.  There are 40 wineries within 6 miles of Blenheim.  That’s right, FORTY!!!

So of course we had to spend a day hitting up many of those forty.  We  started at 11am and made it to 7 different wineries by 5pm.  Yes, we could have made it to more, but we did try 45 different wines and 3 beers from those 7 wineries.  We did have to eat a bit at a few of them as well to remain standing.

Also, my wife somehow reverted back to Spanish at one  of them when ordering.  It came out of absolutely nowhere and she got a very funny look from the lady helping us.  I had to explain to her that we just spent the past five and a half months in South America, so it just comes out sometimes.  She got quite the chuckle out of it, and Megan was embarrassed, but not nearly as embarrassed as when she did it AGAIN to the same woman about ten minutes later.  It was hilarious (and happened on only the fourth winery of the day).

The day turned out to be a beautiful sunny day after some morning clouds, and with it being New Zealand of course the surrounding scenery was absolutely gorgeous.

It was a nice relaxing day before we headed over to Abel Tasman National Park.  We did a two day sea kayaking/hiking trip and stayed on a houseboat in a bay of the Tasman Sea, which was an absolute blast.  We have tons of pictures and a bit of video of the seal colony we saw up close and personal.  We are in Picton right now, hoping to do some more sea kayaking tomorrow if the weather holds up before heading up to the north island in a few days.

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That about sums up the four nights we spent in Cafayate, Argentina last week before heading to Iguazu Falls (where we are now).

Cafayate is a small little town about three and a half hours south of Salta. We took a bus there last Monday morning, and it didn’t take long to fall in love.

There were several things that appealed to us about Cafayate, one being that it is known for its wineries. Being that it’s summer here and the weather is beautiful, we figured it would be a great time to go drink some good wine in a charming little town. We also decided to do as the locals do and rent bikes to get ourselves around to said wineries. We spent a lovely day riding around town and checking out the local wine, enjoying the free tastings, and buying bottles from the wineries for as low as five dollars. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a Tuesday afternoon.

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Another thing that brought us to Cafayate was the Quebrada del Rio de las Conchas. This area is just north of Cafayate, and it is a series of rock formations that were formed by a river. There are several canyons, also, and these rock formations were amazing because of the multicolored sands and sediment. Again, much like some of the landscapes we saw in Bolivia, the multitude of colors was amazing.

We went on a half day jeep tour the first day we arrived in Cafayate. It left at about 2pm, and we rode in a little van/bus type hybrid, stopping and hiking at different points along the way. It was fairly relaxed, and it gave us a chance to see all the beautiful scenery.

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In addition the wonderful wine and scenery in Cafayate and the surrounding area, we started to find out why Argentina is so famous for their beef. Argentines love their beef, as it is on every single menu in many different varieties.

One of the things we tried and have continued to have on an almost daily basis (much to the chagrin of our waistlines) is a lomito, which is a sandwich typically served for lunch. This sandwich starts with about an 8 inch piece of french bread, then a small, thin piece of steak, topped with cheese, then ham (they put ham on everything here), then the secret ingredient of a fried egg, lettuce, tomato, and your choice of sauces, usually mayo, mustard, and hot sauce. YUMMMM!!! It is fantastic, and I can see myself eating these quite often as we are here for about three months.

We also had steak for dinner one night. I had a sirloin steak that was nearly a pound, and Megan had a filet mignon, about a half pound. I also had a liter of beer, we had an appetizer, and she had a soda, and our bill was about $22.

Yes, Argentina is going to be just fine, just fine indeed…

P.S. One more thing, since we’ve had internet again on our laptop since we’ve been in Iguazu, we’ve been able to get a bunch of pictures uploaded to our Flickr account, including all Inca Trail and Machu Picchu pictures (and a very small sampling of our trip to Iguazu Falls yesterday, which we’ll post about next), so here’s a link to our main page for the trip, and then they’re organized into countries, then cities from there. It’s pretty self-explanatory.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7845154@N06/collections/72157608264290560/

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