A couple funny anecdotes from our trip to Argentina:
Bingo bus trip:
We took a fancy overnight bus to Mendoza which included fold down seats and dinner. As we rolled out of the bus station a man came upstairs, plugged in a microphone and announced (in Spanish) that we were going to play Bingo. (I gathered this purely based on the word “bingo” in his announcement). We all received our 4×4 cards and the man started rattling off numbers. I played although I have terrible luck at these kinds of things. I never win anything. Even when there are twice as many prizes as there are entries in a raffle- I still walk away with nothing.
The man probably called off about 40 numbers, and as surprised as I was that no one else had Bingo, I was more surprised to have 3 in a row… When he finally called “sesenta uno” I cried out “Bingo!” I won! I really won! Or did I…? He grabbed my card… said something like “we have a winner” and then rattled off about 16 numbers. Uhhh I thought we just needed 4 in a row? Maybe they play Bingo differently in South America? Either way, I guess he was tired of this game, decided to claim to the rest of the bus that I had won, and gave me a bottle of wine. I’ll take it!
Conversation that happened at the Mendoza bus station (all in Spanish):
Random woman in the bench next to us: She looks like she has an Arab face.
Mike: Oh, well her parents were born in India.
Random woman: Where are you guys going?
Mike: Buenos Aires, how about you?
Random woman: Oh I am just getting back home after having surgery. I was stabbed 8 times in the stomach. (At this point she raises her shirt to show us her scars)
Mike: Ohhhh, was it an accident?
Random woman: No.
What I thought I was ordering vs. What I actually ordered
Breaded chicken breast with French fries
Breaded veal with two fried eggs on top
Mussels with French fries
Fried sweetbreads with potato crisps
Pink grapefruit gelato
Breaded and fried steak
Mystery meat wrapped around hardboiled egg