Marcela speaks basic English and we try a little bit of our Spanish as she walks us through the apartment. Then she places a call on her phone and I am speaking with her daughter Victoria, who further explains things to me in perfect English and answers our few questions. Marcela makes sure I have Victoria's cell number and also her son's number for any questions we may have during our stay.
After a short rest we walk five blocks primarily along Paso de los Andes to the Vea Supermercado. The tree lined streets are all paved and pretty clean. Every few blocks there is a small green grocer and close by a kiosko. The Supermercado is well stocked with meats and vegetables, a real change from Bariloche where the markets were hit-and-miss on meat selections and very limited on produce.
By the time we arrive home and quickly put the groceries away it is almost 7pm. We are starving and we want something substantial. This could be a problem. In our previous cities in Argentina many restaurants do not open until 8pm and we have read that in Mendoza it may be 8:30 or 9pm. The apartment is just two blocks to Avenida Arístades, a major restaurant and bar area so we walk in that direction.