The Magic of Mendoza, Argentina & the Vendimia

Selection of Malbec wine bottles on display

Are You planning travel to Argentina? Thinking about places to visit and when to go? We have a great recommendation for you! One of the most important festivals in Argentina takes place at the end of February through the first week of March. The Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia (The Grape Harvest National Festival) celebrates the most important export of Mendoza, and perhaps all of Argentina…wine.

Settled in 1561 by Pedro del Castillo, the city of Mendoza  is a relatively small city. It even feels smaller because of it’s quaint tree lined streets, and welcoming locals. The population of Mendoza center is 115,000 but climbs to 1 Million if you include the “metro” area. It encompasses 21 square miles and sits at 2,400 feet above sea level. The region is best known for it’s wine and olive oil production, especially for growing Malbec grapes. Because of it’s diverse terroir, Mendoza boasts some of the best Malbec wine in the world. Its varying bouquets are based on assorted soil, altitude and temperatures. Grapes are grown here from 2000 feet to 5000 feet above sea level. Nicolas Catena Zapata is the person who pioneered growing at such high altitudes since 1994.

The Vendimia

The Vendimia attracts thousands of South American artists, tens of thousands of tourists (especially wine enthusiasts) to Mendoza.  They celebrate all 18 of the provinces that make up the State of Mendoza.

Celebrations aren’t limited to just this time, though. All through the month of February each of the 18 provinces of Mendoza have celebrations and ceremonies related to the wine harvest. This time of year is very special for the entire region. You will be able to have very unique experiences during the wine crush. We suggest roaming around the outlying areas of Mendoza center too. Enjoy lots of wine tastings, rent bicycles or hire a driver and take a tour of the whole region.

This year the schedule of the Vendimia is from February 26 through March 6th:

February 26th –  ‘Blessing of the fruits’ ceremony.

March 3rd –  1st parade of Vendimia ‘Queens’ competing for the title of “Queen of Vendimia”, crowding the city streets, throwing fruit and even giving out bottles of wine.

March 4th –  ‘Carousel of Vendimia’ This is a morning time parade featuring cowgirls in traditional outfits on horseback

Night of March 4th – The ‘Central Act’ is a fabulous production including over 1000 participants, and ends with the coronation of the ‘Queen of Vendimia,’ and with fireworks from the nearby Cerro de la Gloria in General San Martin park. This is the quintessential celebration when Mendocinos (what the locals refer to themselves as) and visitors take to the streets and parties to share the local elixir.

March 5th –This is a repeat performance of the previous night with additional Argentinian and international artists.

March 6th– A third night repeating the grand finale celebration with additional national artists.

Getting There

Depending on your itinerary you can fly into Mendoza ‘s international airport “Aeropuerto Internacional Gobernador Francisco Gabrielli” (MDZ). This traveler chose to first fly into Santiago, Chile where we stayed a few nights to explore that area before flying from Santiago, over the Andes, to MDZ. Argentina also has great bus lines, and there are even first class lie flat seats available from Buenos Aires for less than $100…but make sure to book a window seat to get great views of the countryside!

Your time in Mendoza and South America will be very memorable, and you will want to stay in touch while you are there. Be sure to get connected using the OneSimCard Universal E international SIM card or the eSIM World E international SIM card. Data rates in Argentina start at $13.00 for 500MB plan on the eSIM World E international SIM card for travelers. OneSimCard is the leader in global roaming SIM cards catering to international travel with access to hundreds of networks in 200+ countries and territories.

 

Poland Is a Land of Rich History and Natural Wonders

Wawel Castle in Poland
Wawel Castle and Cathedral in Krakow

Poland is a country in Central Europe known for its rich history, culture, and natural beauty. The country has a diverse landscape that ranges from the rugged Tatra Mountains to the sandy beaches of the Baltic Sea. Poland has been shaped by its complex history, which has left behind a wealth of architectural and cultural treasures for visitors to explore. From the medieval Old Towns of Krakow and Gdansk to the communist-era architecture of Warsaw, Poland has something to offer for every type of traveler.

One of the top tourist attractions in Poland is the Wawel Castle in Krakow. This magnificent royal castle sits on a hill overlooking the city and is a symbol of Poland’s rich history. The castle has been the residence of Polish kings for centuries and is home to a collection of art, artifacts, and treasures. Visitors can take a tour of the castle, which includes the Royal Chambers, the Crown Treasury, and the State Rooms.

Another top attraction in Poland is the Old Town of Krakow, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Old Town is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in Poland, including the Main Market Square, St. Mary’s Basilica, and the Cloth Hall. Visitors can also take a stroll down the picturesque streets and enjoy the many cafes, restaurants, and shops.

The city of Gdansk is another must-see destination in Poland. The city is known for its beautiful Old Town, which is home to the famous Long Market, the Neptune Fountain, and St. Mary’s Church. Gdansk is also known for its shipyards, which played a key role in the Solidarity movement and the fall of communism in Poland. Visitors can take a tour of the shipyards and learn about the city’s role in the country’s history.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is another top attraction in Poland. This former Nazi concentration camp is a powerful reminder of the Holocaust and the atrocities committed during World War II. Visitors can take a tour of the camp and learn about the history of the Holocaust, as well as the lives of the prisoners who were held there.

Finally, the Tatra Mountains, which are located in the southern part of Poland, are a must-see destination for nature lovers. The mountains offer a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, and rock climbing. Visitors can take a cable car to the top of the mountain and enjoy the breathtaking views. The Tatra Mountains are also home to several beautiful lakes and waterfalls, which are perfect for swimming and fishing.

In addition to these top tourist attractions, Poland also offers a wide range of other activities and sights for visitors to enjoy. The country is home to many national parks and nature reserves, as well as a number of historic sites and monuments. Visitors can also enjoy the country’s rich cultural heritage by attending a traditional folk music concert, visiting a folk art museum or take a cooking class to learn how to make traditional Polish dishes.

When it comes to accommodation and transportation, Poland has a wide range of options to suit all budgets. There are many hotels and hostels in the major cities, as well as vacation rentals and camping sites in the countryside. The public transportation system is well developed, and visitors can easily get around by train, bus, or metro.

In conclusion, Poland is a country that offers a wealth of cultural, historical, and natural attractions for visitors to explore. From the medieval Old Towns of Krakow and Gdansk to the communist-era architecture of Warsaw, the Wawel Castle, the Old Town of Krakow, the city of Gdansk, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, and the Tatra Mountains, Poland is a must-visit country for everyone.

If you are travelling to Poland, don’t forget to pack your OneSimCard Universal E or download our OneSimCard eSIM World edition SIM card(s). You will undoubtably want to stay in touch with and share your memories with your family and friends while in Poland. OneSimCard offers great rates for roaming in Poland with it’s EU data packages starting at $29.00 for 5GB of data.

What is the Best Travel eSIM Card & Why?

Phone that includes eSIM.

We discussed eSIMs (embedded SIM cards) in a previous post. eSIMs aren’t all created equally, though. An “international eSIM card” is a bit of a misnomer. International / travel eSIMs are the of roaming SIMs as physical SIMs move into the past. The reason for the change is because device manufacturers save space on the device by replacing the physical SIM and it with eSIM technology. eSIMs are probably better called “SoftSIMs.” They are simply nothing more than a piece of software downloaded into devices enabled to understand this technology. What makes for the best travel eSIM then?

The world is becoming more and more data centric, so most eSIM providers only include data usage, They don’t bother to support voice or text. However, voice and text remain important for the international roaming SIM market. The growth of data centric applications like WhatsApp, Facetime, Telegram, Skype, etc. are changing the way providers deliver their services. You can communicate with friends and family, post messages and even place video calls with data only. This doesn’t work well for the international traveler, and is a major problem/flaw. It forces the international traveler to use another provider to place calls and send and receive SMS. This is because these roaming eSIMs don’t include a phone number. Without a phone number you can’t call your Uber driver, talk to your bank, call the restaurant that you are running late, etc.

This is where OneSimCard international eSIMs really stands out. Our international eSIMs support Data, Voice & Text messaging. Our SIMs include an EU based phone number and you can also choose alternate phone numbers (Personal Extra Numbers, or PENs). You can get in-country phone numbers in 70+ destinations with OneSimCard eSIMs.  You can set your alternate number as your caller ID so that your phone appears to be a local caller. What’s more is you can get a USA phone number that is a true mobile number. This USA mobile number allows you to receive 2FA verification messages required by banks, the IRS, and pretty much any other US company.

Usability is another important feature making an eSIM the best international eSIM.  eSIMs should be simple to install and have flexible plans. Flexibility is key as travel patterns. Meant for a single country, most eSIMs aren’t flexible because you can’t move between countries. OneSimCard eSIMs are designed to be used over and over for years, and in many different countries. Our plans are flexible; even in a single trip. We also offer 2 different eSIMs: our World eSIM for the greatest # of destinations, & our Asiania eSIM for use especially in Asia and Oceania.

The amount of support and applications available from the eSIM provider is the last factor for rating travel eSIM cards. OneSimCard is one of the only international eSIM providers with its own VOIP app (available in Google Play and Apple APP Store)for US and Canadian phone numbers to reduce the cost of Voice and Text services. OneSimCard also has eSIM apps in Apple App store and Google play. You can manage all aspects of your travel eSIM right in these apps. Multi-lingual customer service is also available by phone, email and online.  

You need to read the fine print and look at the reviews for eSIM service providers before you buy. There has been a rapid growth in this space, and COVID forced some closed. We have been in business for over 27 years, and have a 4.5 star rating with Shopper Approved with 2500+ reviews.

More information about our international roaming eSIM is available on our website: https://www.onesimcard.com/esim or simply scan this QR code. This page will help you further understand why the OneSimCard international eSIM for travel is the best option for your eSIM enabled phone when you are abroad. You can also reach out to us, and ask any questions that you may have. 

Wishing you safe travels!

Discovering Slovenia: Trekking and Treats

Lake Bled and the Church of the Mother of God on the Lake
Lake Bled & Church of the Mother of God on the Lake

One of our favorite, just beginning-to-be-discovered, countries is Slovenia. Nestled between Italy to the West, Austria to the North, Croatia to the South and Hungry to the West, Slovenia offers many activities for everyone. Many travelers enjoy the great trekking and skiing offered. However, there is also a lot of history, culture and culinary offerings available. We think the best time to enjoy Slovenia is in early fall. This is when tourism is slowing and the crowds have dissipated from the hot spots, but there is still plenty to do.

An average day in Slovenia may include a morning hike in the Julian Alps or along the many beautiful lakes or rivers. Then a visit to a museum for an afternoon. Finally, a fantastic dinner to top off the day. Prices in Slovenia are still very reasonable, especially in the more rural villages. Even the larger cities like the capital, Ljubljana, have lots of shops, restaurants and activities at very reasonable prices

A magical town to spend a day or two is Bled. Its proximity to activities, the restaurants and sheer beauty of its surroundings make it a must see. You can take a walk around the lake (the Lake Bled Loop Trail) which is a 3.7 mile (6 km) easy hike. At the end of the hike, enjoy a walk through Castle Bled and enjoy some local food and drink in the courtyard while overlooking the iconic Church of the Mother of God on the Lake. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can take a short trip to the Triglav National Park. Slovenia’s only National Park is a sight to behold where you can challenge yourself a little more with the moderate to expert hiking and climbing offered in the Julian Alps.

Entrance to Hisa Franko Casa
Hisa Franko Casa in the morning fog

Another must-do if you are a bit of a foodie, is to visit Hisa Franko Casa, located in Kobarid. When the Michelin Guide to Slovenia came out in 2019, Hisa Franko received 2 stars. It known for locally sourced, sustainable food. Hisa Franko is also listed as #21 of the top 50 restaurants in the world. (According to worlds50best.com) Ana Roš, the owner/Executive Chef, along with her husband Valter, operate this impressive restaurant which also has rooms to stay the night (highly recommended). There is also great hiking and a lot of WWI history in the town. We recommend the WWI museum in town and hiking nearby in old WWI bunkers and trenches.

All-in-all, Slovenia is a must visit country, especially for those with a love of nature, and delicious cuisine. But don’t worry…Slovenia is also a very well-connected country for technology as well. This makes sharing your gorgeous pictures of the hikes you take and food you eat easily shared when you use your OneSimCard International SIM. We suggest the Universal or eSIM World. This is because of the data packages available for Solvenia, like the 14 day 10,000MB EU data package for $57.00USD. So pack your bags, insert your roaming SIM card from OneSimCard, and enjoy the beauty of Slovenia!

New travel eSIM App Is Now Available on Android and iOS!

OneSimCard eSIM App

Just Download and Go! Our eSIM App has been launched and is available in both the App Store and Google Play. With the eSIM app you can:

  • Purchase and install the OneSimCard eSIM
  • Search the enormous list of countries supported
  • Choose the exact data plan that best fits your travel requirements
  • Manage your eSIM and data usage

Download the app from the App Store or Google Play today!

New Specialty “Asiana” eSIM Now Available

The Asiana eSIM is a specialty eSIM that is focused on 30+ Asia and Oceania countries, with other destinations included as well.

As of July 12, 2021 the list of destinations is:

Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, East Timor, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, UAE, USA, & Uzbekistan. Rates in many of these destinations will be significantly less than our current eSIM or other SIM cards.

This card also provides several inexpensive plans (1000mb, 3000mb & 5000mb) for these destinations: Australia, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, USA, Uzbekistan

This eSIM is a great supplement to our current eSIM offering, and can be used as a second eSIM on your device when traveling to the listed destinations to potentially save on Voice, Data and SMS charges.

Buy Asiana eSIM

How Does the Shut-Down of 2G & 3G Networks Around the World Affect Me?

Cell Tower. Photo by Vyacheslav Shatskiy

Many cellular networks are beginning to, or have already shut down their 2G and 3G networks. Cellular providers are modernizing their networks to 4G and now 5G, and need to use the radio frequencies used to transmit the slower, older 2G and 3G for these faster, newer networks. You can learn more about why networks shut down the older technologies on our IoT blog.

How does it affect your phone and SIM card connectivity?

As network operators around the globe begin to shut down (or “Sunset”) there 2G and 3G networks, your SIM and/or phone may stop working because they won’t operate on the modern networks.

It’s important to note that both a phone and a SIM card need to support the corrects bands for proper connectivity. For example, a SIM card that supports 4G will not work on a phone that only supports 2G and 3G bands and visa versa.

What does this mean for your service with OneSimCard?

OneSimCard eSIM, Universal, Expedition, or Europe SIM cards support all bands up to 4G LTE. As long as you have a 4G capable phone, they will operate as usual.

If you currently have a “Plus” or “Standard” SIM card, these SIM types can only be used for 2G and 3G service. To continue service, and keep your number, you will need to upgrade your SIM to one of the SIMs we offer, which support 4G and 4G LTE bands.

Upgrade Now and Save

Save 20% on your all your upgrades and replacements at onesimcard.com.

International SIM card for seafarers.

Different ports in different countries, often hundreds even thousands of miles apart, means many seafarers have to spend a lot of time away from their family and friends.  This is why being able to stay connected to their loved ones is so important.

Seafarers travel all over the globe and need a reliable and affordable internet connection no matter where they go. Satellite mobile connectivity is often expensive, and onboard Wi-Fi connection is not always available. Finding a mobile service provider at a new port every time can be as easy as learning a new language.

Luckily, OneSimCard has seafarers covered. OneSimCard’s international SIM cards can help seafarers stay connected conveniently and affordably virtually anywhere they sail. Best of all, it takes just one sim card.

Coverage

OneSimCard works in over 200 countries. No need to waste time finding local mobile carrier shops, tinkering with yet another disposable sim card. Get connected even before you dock with OneSimCard and get the most out of your stay.

In addition, many countries feature more than one carrier, which effectively increases the coverage in those countries.

See all coverage and rates at onesimcard.com/rates

Save money on Connectivity

Enjoy low high-speed data rates. OneSimCard features free incoming calls in over 160 countries on your primary European number that comes with every SIM card.  Moreover, your friends and family can send you free SMS from onesimcard.com no matter where you are in the world. All your incoming SMS on OneSimCard’s primary number are free as well.

Local phone numbers are available in 60+ countries to make it even more convenient for other people to reach you.

Stay in full control of your spending. The whole service is 100% prepaid, so there are no contracts to sign, and we offer a range of recharge settings to put you in the driver’s seat when it comes to spending.

Discount plans – More ways to save

Discount data, voice, and SMS plans are a great way to save even more money on high volume usage.

Data plans are especially popular.

With OneSimCard you get a variety of choices when it comes to data plans, so you never overpay.  Data plans range from 150 MB to 10 GB of high-speed data and everything in between. There are even different terms from 7 to 30 days to accommodate various stay durations.

Connectivity for any Device

Whether you have a phone, tablet, computer, a personal Wi-Fi hot spot or even a smartwatch, we have a connectivity solution for you.  OneSimCard comes in all sizes and including eSIM, which can be downloaded to your eSIM-capable device.

Just make sure your device is unlocked (some carriers lock devices to prevent them from being used on other networks) and you are good to go.

24/7 Customer Support

With OneSimCard, you get customer support when you need it. No matter where you are in the world, our 24/7 tech support is always standing by to answer any questions you may have in English and Spanish.

To learn more about our international sim card, and the discount plan line-up it comes with, visit onesimcard.com. You can also contact our Customer Support via chat, phone or email. Talk to you soon!

Happy travels!

 

Connect your smartwatch and other devices globally with international eSIM.

Did you know you can use OneSimCard eSIM with certain smartwatches directly? That’s right. Unleash your inner secret service agent with global international esim from OneSimCard.  Enjoy Data, Talk and Text connectivity in over 170 countries from the convenience of your wrist!

  • Add a Discount Data Plan? Check.
  • Use a local phone number in 60+ countries? Check.
  • Get connected right away? You got it. With eSIM there is no shipping, simply download and go!

Currently OneSimCard eSIM works on the following smartwatches: Samsung Watch S4, Huawei Watch 2 Pro.

In addition to smartwatches, the eSIM works with many popular esim-capable phones like Apple iPhone, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy, and even tablets like Microsoft Surface.  More compatible devices are added on a regular basis.

Don’t have an eSIM capable watch or phone? No problem. You can still use a physical OneSimCard with virtually any unlocked device.  With OneSimCard you can stay connected anywhere you want and any way you want!

Learn more about OneSimCard international eSIM and download from onesimcard.com/esim

Get Rewarded for Referrals with Credit on Your Account

Did you know that OneSimCard customers can earn free credit on their account by simply helping people they know save money on OneSimCard service?

OneSimCard referral program will credit your account $10 USD for each of your friends and family who you refer to us and sign up for this service. The person you refer will also receive a 10% discount on their purchase including any international sim card or travel esim.

There is no limit to the number of customers you refer to us and you will receive a $10 credit for each of the referrals when they keep the service for 3 months or longer.

All OneSimCard customers are eligible to participate. No extra registration is required. To take advantage of this program login to your account, click on “Refer a Friend”, and follow the instructions on the page. It’s that simple!

So what are you waiting for? Help your friends and family save money on OneSimCard and get rewarded!

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