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South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento October 5th 2012

Probably the title needs some explanation on my side. Why I wanted to visit Uruguay since like forever. It is not because we hear so much about beauty of this small country right? The reason will make you laugh for sure and I don’t expect you to understand but it is the way it is. Well, then I need to go back as far as ’90 and explain that during this time Poland and Easters Europe for that matter was bombarded with many Latin-American soap operas. As a child/teenager I was never curious about the reasons why but nevertheless the nation watched them. There was one soap opera in particular that I learnt to love and watched it probably 4-5 ... read more
charming street
old timer
collection of doors in Colonia

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento September 26th 2012

We left Buenos Aires by boat to cross the river into Uruguay. Our first stop is at Colonia Del Sacramento part of the old quarter is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site the town is lovely with wide streets lined with trees and not a lot of cars. We checked into our hostel where the staff were friendly and unpacked our few belongings into our locked wardrobe. This is our first experience of shared accomadtion a little nervous as what to expect, we were the only guests in the room for the time being. We explored the old part of the town most of the streets are centred from the Plaza Mayor lots of interesting shops selling colourful ethnic objects of art. Visited the Bastion del Carmen this was once a governors home but later converted ... read more
Bastion del Carmen

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento August 25th 2012

Another week-end...another opportunity to go discovering our surroundings. This time we headed North, by boat and bus, to Uruguay. And yes, this is already country 40 for Leslie... We spent our Saturday mainly in Colonia de Sacramento...and on the road and water... There are two main options to reach Colonia from Buenos Aires...the slow boat, or the fast boat. The first takes just over an hour, the second nearly three hours, and obviously, the second is the cheapest. We were not in a hurry, so I decided we would give a try to the slow boat. Why people do come to Colonia....because the place is do a visa visit the ATM...and to shop heavily in the duty free shop on the boat! Colonia is a pretty small place...a day is more than enough to ... read more
Colonia...nice saturday...winter time....
Nice lunch in Colonia...and no it's not only about the's about the smiles too!!!
Iglesia Matriz

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento June 30th 2012

Monday 14th May 2012 - Buenos Aires to Colonia, Uruguay We've been home over 2 weeks now and so it's well over a month since we made the ferry crossing across the Rio Del Plata. As expected I got slack towards the end but with 4 more weeks still to write about, the job's not finished yet. Maybe I'll have forgotten any of the bad bits and will write a cheery account or maybe the hum drum monosyllabic petty pace from day to day, to quote Macbeth, will bring me back to earth with a thud. Anyhow, enough of the crap, we bused it to near the port in BA which left us a nice 1 mile yomp along the mean streets with our 18kg back packs plus my 7kg book bag, which pleased Stacie greatly ... read more
Streets of Colonia
View from the lighthouse
Hotel Palacio Montevideo

The awesome impact of a plane landscape can be vastly underrated. People seek out mountains and valleys; majesty and splendour, but as the saying goes, sometimes you fail to see the forest for the trees. An early morning taxi and boat ride later and we found ourselves no longer in Buenos Aires but in Uruguay, an oft overlooked and predominantly rural country sandwiched between Brazil and Argentina. From the port in Colonia del Sacramento, we were careful to avoid any sight of the old town itself, preferring to leave that as a surprise for our eventual return to this little Portuguese settlement a few days later. Instead, we jumped aboard the first bus we could find headed for Montevideo, the capital city, where we would spend the following three nights. Our ride would only take just ... read more
Cars & Coffee


The instruction was to get off at the 114.5 kilometre mark on the road, not in a town. This looked like a challenge because the kilometre markings were on the side of the road, opposite to where our seats were on the bus and it was getting close to dusk. Every time I saw the conductor I would remind him of our destination until finally he gave us the call. We scrambled off the bus on the side of the road and there was Monica and her trusty old jalopy. After a little rearranging of essential items she had bought in town, we piled our enormous bags into the back and we began our short but rough and dusty journey to her home and hostel called El Galope. We had rented a 2 bed dorm to ... read more
Spot the cat
Bird's nest
Los Cuatro Amigos

We had our usual early morning city change start. It was a bit of a chaotic start when the landlord rang the door bell 20 minutes early. I was just towelling off from my shower so I made a quick naked dash to the bedroom before a fully dressed Eileen opened the door. The landlady returned our bond and then chatted and waited patiently until we were ready to leave. Our cab ride was an entertainment. Our driver was a surly chap who squished our bags into his minute boot. Like many of these cabs most of the space was taken by a CNG tank. Bags securely squished, he was off and racing. This is becoming typical for us when we are ahead of schedule, 30 minutes ahead of schedule on this occasion. He was on ... read more
Plaza de Toros - the bull ring
Leigh and his Mule
Iglesia San Benito

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento April 23rd 2012

Today we take a late(r) bus to a pretty little 17th Century village in Uruguay facing Buenos Aires called Colonia del Sacramento. We walk around the Barrio Historico, the old town, which has lots of leafy squares, cobbled streets and beautiful tropical coloured blooms. After lunch in a cafe with a woman doing quite possibly the worst performance of KT Tunstall that has ever happened the group disperse for the afternoon. There are mutinous grumblings as we have had to pay not just for the privelege of listening to KT Tunstall although i'm fairly sure most of us would have paid for her to stop, but also for the bread and cutlery as well which has all been added as extras to the bill. Alfresco hasn't enlightened us that this is actually fairly standard in Uruguay ... read more
Heron at Twilight

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento April 9th 2012

hola, hier ein paar Impressionen von unserem Tagestrip nach Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay... ... hier gehen die Uhren noch anders... ... Stress ist hier ein Fremdwort... ... sogar die Hunde schlafen... ... und wir auch... ... also seht selbst... Liebe Gruesse und gute Nacht Tanja und Lisa... read more
Faro in Colonia
Die Uhren stehen still...
Benvenido in Uruguay

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 21st 2012

Wow, I didn't realize how much I was loving the Patagonia area until I came back to the city. I have been in Buenos Aires for a couple of days and am really dragging my feet about doing anything, including writing a blog. Nothing seems interesting enough to share, so I haven't. But, I do want to keep you up on what is going on, so here we go. Today I had planned a trip to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. It was listed as a nice day trip on a fast ferry to a quaint historic town. Sure, that sounded great. It was a nice trip on the ferry. It seemed odd to have to pass through customs and get a passport stamp for a 1 hour ferry ride, but it is to another country. I ... read more
Lighthouse Colonia
Nice view from a pier

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