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May 1st, 2009 – by: emilyvincent
We awoke to our last day in Mendoza. We had a flight back to Buenos Aires in the afternoon. After leaving our bags with the front desk, we headed out to walk around a little bit before we needed to head to the airport. As soon as we walked outside, we noticed that there was a huge parade in the street on the other side of the square. We asked someone what was going on and were informed that it was actually a protest. We headed across the square to get a closer look. From what we could tell, they were protesting capitalism. The protest was huge, and they had some sort of cannon that they kept firing. The whole square was surrounded by police and there was a helicoptor hovering above. It was a bit surreal! May 1st is Argentina's Labor Day, and we quickly realized most everything was closed. So, we found a little coffee shop that was opened and just sat outside for awhile. Finally, it was time to get our luggage and head to the airport. The airport was much busier than it had been when we arrived. First of all, there was a soccer team waiting for a flight, and second of all, there was a large high school choral group that was flying to Spain for a singing tour. The parents were making us laugh because they were so nervous yet excited for their kids at the same time. They had made going away banners they they kept waving in between more hugs and kisses for their kids. Finally, we arrived back in BA and returned to Hollywood Suites in Palermo. Our favorite hotel staffer, Juan, was there and remembered us from earlier in the week. After checking in, we went to dinner at "Mordia" across the street and decided to book another massage for the next day. Before we finished the night, we shared a chocolate dessert at the cafe "Froilan" and then called it a night before the locals had even had dinner! It was nice to sleep in a familiar place.
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