Fall in Mendoza

Fall in Mendoza
View outside our house

Monday, August 30, 2010

Answers to your questions

My good friend Patty sent me these questions from my last post, so I thought I would answer them in this blog.  Here goes:

When the cashier offers you veggies or candy instead of change which one do you choose?
Hmmmmm.  Actually, I don't have a choice.  The candy vs. veggie dilemma was not at the same store.  At the veggie stand, they just give you an extra item of what you were buying.  So if I was buying some tomatoes, they may throw in a few extra tomatoes.  The candy that was offered was at a neighborhood grocery store.  Again, you don't get to choose your candy.  They have a jar of candy and the cashier just digs in and gives you a handful.  Think of it as the Give a Penny, Take a Penny tray convenience stores have at the states.

Do you have fast food places like Wendy's? Arby's or McDonalds?

Here in Mendoza, we have Subways and McDonalds as far as fast food places that can be found in the states.  The city is full of hot dog joints.  Hot dogs (called Panchos) are the fast food favorite of the locals.  Unfortunately, these hot dogs are not very good.  The one item they put on hot dogs that is strange to us is Potato Sticks.  They put a handful of these on your hot dog.  Makes the hot dog a bit better...just a bit.

Hot Dog with Potato Sticks!

The malls do have other "Fast Food" places that are franchise type of places that can be found throughout the country.  These place serve the local fare, like Lomitos = steak sandwhiches, burgers, pizza, etc.

I am sure that in the capital, Buenos Aires, there are a lot more American fast food places.  We are planning a trip there, and will report back.

Do you have a mall? 
Yes, there are two major malls in Mendoza.  They look just like any mall in America.  They have food courts, movie theaters with stadium seating and some department stores.  Of course the stores are all South American branded stores.

Do you have cable?
We have Direct TV in our house.  It is just like Direct TV in the states, only difference is that the channels are not the same.  For instance, there is no ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC affiliate.  We do get most of the shows that these channels offer in the states, the difference is that there are on different channels.  

With that said, most of the shows are at least one season behind the states.  We are now seeing shows that were shown during the spring in the U.S.  HBO shows are only a week behind.  So this past Sunday, they showed last weeks True Blood episode.

Direct TV allows you to choose your language for most channels.  Some channels are in English only with Spanish subtitles.  There are a few channels in Spanish only.  Direct TV has the NFL package so I won't miss a game!!

Do you have english speaking channels?

See above.

What kind of health care do you have?
None right now.  I am not a resident of the country yet, so I cannot get health coverage.  For residents and citizens, there is free health care.  Unfortunately, the free health care is not always the quickest way to get treated.  There are health plans that can be purchased from different hospitals or associations.  The good thing is that if your employer does not offer the health care plan you want, you can choose from any plan you want.

When will it be summer?

It is getting ready to be spring here.  Basically, when it is winter in North America, it will be summer here.

What or where do you go for entertainment?

We play with sticks and rocks for entertainment!  

NAH!  We watch TV, go to the movies or watch current U.S. shows on the internet.  We also go out with friends for drinks, etc.  Major difference is that we don't have too many friends yet, so we tend to entertain ourselves.  Our Argentinean friends, have families and don't have tons of disposable income, so they don't go out much.  

We have friends from an Expat group that we are members of that, we go to happy hour with, etc.  There is always stuff to do around the house.  Plus, we will be busy trying to start our catering company and looking for different ways to make money.  

What do you do when you can't find sugar or other staples?

Nothing.  If one place is out of something, you just keep looking around.  Most of the times, we buy extra sugar and other staples in case there is a shortage.  Usually, if there is a shortage, it only lasts a few days at the most.

Are people in Mendoza interested in America

They are fascinated by America.  They always ask a ton of questions.  They are incredibly friendly people.  Most question asked is, what are you doing here?  I will blog about their fascination with America on a later blog.

I know Patty has a lot more questions to come, so stay tuned!


  1. Thank you for the information, it is a differance and a big adjustment when moving from the states. Good luck and may God Bless you always

  2. Wow, that's a lot of potato sticks! It would seem they are trying to disguise the taste of a really, really bad dog. lol