Out of the City Fast and Shitty

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The military barracks where we staid in the shadow of the mountains
Over the first weekend after classes began at UCA a few of us joined about 120 or so students from all the UCA campuses around the country for "UCA Week" - four days in Uspallata, a small town a couple hours outside of the city of Mendoza in the foothills of the Andes.

We spent a lot of time getting to know everyone. It was a much needed opportunity to finally get to know some Argentine students (a surprisingly difficult feat in a country whose population is, in fact, nearly 100% Argentine). Nate, Ian, our friend Joe (Pepe) from New Zealand, and I were the only international students on the whole trip, so we got to be the awkward, goofy exchange students who everyone gets a kick out of.

Our first full day there on Sunday we hiked a small mountain in an area that looked EXACTLY like Arizona, but was surrounded by huge snowcapped mountains. Monday we drove through the aforementioned large mountains until we reached Cerro Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas and the second most prominent in the world next to Mt. Everest.

Tuesday we did some volunteer work at a few local schools and then spent a couple hours in the city of Mendoza, which is beautiful. Also, during the trip we had staid in a military training camp and I participated in an Argentine military march/band performance. It was a great trip.
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The military barracks where we sta…
The military barracks where we st…
On our way to the mountain on the …
On our way to the mountain on the…
ARIZONA
ARIZONA
Arizona in the foreground
The And…
Arizona in the foreground The An…
Its kind of annoying hiking with …
It's kind of annoying hiking with…
BAM
BAM
Ian dont give no shits bout nutin
Ian don't give no shits bout nutin
The summit
The summit
Whered Ian go??
Where'd Ian go??
THERE HE IS!!  SHIT WHAT THE HELL…
THERE HE IS!! SHIT WHAT THE HELL…
Pepe decided to join him, but then…
Pepe decided to join him, but the…
courtesy of Ian
courtesy of Ian
On our way down
On our way down
Incredible.
Incredible.
On Monday, day 3, we drove into th…
On Monday, day 3, we drove into t…
The clouds are covering most of it…
The clouds are covering most of i…
Ian, Nate and I tried to get a gro…
Ian, Nate and I tried to get a gr…
Ian is spelunking Emanual the incr…
Ian is spelunking Emanual the inc…
El Puente del Inca - a natural bri…
El Puente del Inca - a natural br…
Ians lookin good and Nates got h…
Ian's lookin good and Nate's got …
Ski resort
Ski resort
Hotels and restaurants of the ski …
Hotels and restaurants of the ski…
blue and white
blue and white
Nate and Pepe spooning on the bus
Nate and Pepe spooning on the bus
Heading back to Mendoza on the las…
Heading back to Mendoza on the la…
My favorite picture of the trip
My favorite picture of the trip
Uspallata
photo by: PeteRau