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Published: April 6th 2014
Plaza Independencia, Mendoza
We have found ourselves in the little country of Uruguay! Just Northeast of its big neighbour, Argentina. As Dave's epic journey to Antarctica came to an end, the Sea Spirit continued its trip northbound for the Arctic pole and dropped Dave off in the lovely city of Montevideo, Uruguay. And as Theresa's epic journey of studying in a Spanish school, eating chocolate, tasting wine and speaking with a trilingual cat had also come to an epic end, she jumped on a plane from Mendoza to Buenos Aires, then another plane to Montevideo to meet up with the frozen traveler.
Here on in, we will be writing about one direction of travel! Although some of the photos are a few stragglers from Theresa's journey in Mendoza.
A special mention of an event that Theresa was able to witness, was the turtle laying eggs in Sonia's garden. Now there´s something you don´t see everyday! Needless to say, those tortugas were rather busy behind the flowered pots, indeed! Uruguay.
We enjoyed the streets of the nation's capital, Montevideo, and the warm weather was a welcome change for Dave as it allowed the icicles to thaw from his
nose (AKA snotsicles). We dined at some fine restaurants and had some very fine wine. However, we decided to leave the luxurious delights of the big city and headed northeast along the Uruguayan coast to the small settlement of Cabo Polonio.
Getting to Cabo was a lot of fun - the bus dropped us of on the highway near the turn-off. Then we climbed aboard a rather beaten-up dune-buggy-like truck with larger than normal wheels and set off down a sandy track towards the coast. Cabo is a ramshackle collection of randomly placed, pretty beach shacks and has a population of only about a hundred people, two pleasant beaches, lots of sea lions, fur seals and vast stretches of sand dunes. There's no electricity in town. After dark all the locals would light up the area with candles, or a few solar-powered wall panels, creating a very cosy atmosphere. A very nice place to hang out for a couple of days! We spent a lot of time reading and catching some rays. Also worth mentioning is the fact that we were honoured to feed the little sand flies with our blood. Itchy!!!
Another beautiful place in Uruguay on
Plaza Independencia in Mendoza
Theresa spent a few hours on and off in the many plazas of Mendoza, reading a book or people watching or listening to live music... A great place to pass the time and enjoy the beautiful climate.
the shore of the mighty Rio de la Plata that we visited was Colonia del Sacramento. Its Historic centre has been designated a Unesco World Heritage site and is a colourful display of colonial architecture, lovely cobblestone streets and lush green gardens. It's a sleepy little town with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of ice cream. Dulce de leche flavour - yum yum! (Yes, it did not take Dave much time to acclimatize to Theresa's food quest for the best tasting sweets.)
Enjoy the fifty-one photos from Mendoza, Argentina to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay! We have been enjoying all of your comments, and hope that you join us for the next installment which will be shortly... it may just include more tropical jungles, and perhaps a waterfall or two?
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