Blogs from West, Uruguay, South America - page 4


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

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 8th 2012

I realise I haven´t written anything on La Boca, a district home to El Caminito and its wonderfully colourful houses, a place I suspect might be the birthplace of Mr Blobby. We visited this on the Sunday, passing the Boca Juniors football stadium as we went and... (look, let´s be honest, you´ve probably all read Will´s more detailed post on La Boca already. Like 4 days ago. I´ve completely missed the boat on this one and I apologize if you feel as if you´re being backtracked. I honestly won´t be insulted if you close your browser right now. Go on, do it! If you do want to carry on reading then thank you, I won´t let you down. Now where was I?)... yes, La Boca. It´s very colourful. Although if I´m being honest, although it was ... read more

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 8th 2012

I told Will not to open the big red door in the basement of the hostel. I said to him ´Jinkies Will it doesn´t look safe, it gives me the spooks´, there were ´no entry´ signs everywhere, but he had to have a look, and I felt I should accompany him. We went through the door, past some coats, through a random snowy land with an ice castle and a faun, and now we´re in Uruguay. Will´ll tell you we took the ferry after a change of plan so as to escape the hustleybustley BA for a relaxing minibreak in Colonia del Sacramento, but he´s lying. I´m glad we did go through that red door though. Colonia is really very nice, its an old historic port set up by the Portuguese with tree-lined cobbled roads and ... read more

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento March 8th 2012

Tango is a carbonated soft drink sold primarily in the United Kingdom and Ireland and from 2010 in Sweden, Norway and Hungary as well, first launched by Corona in 1950. Corona were bought by the Beecham Group in 1958, and Beecham Soft Drinks were bought by Britvic in 1987.In Scandinavia the drink is distributed by SMX Drinks AB. So as you can see I´ve Wikipedia-ed Tango and I honestly had no idea that the show we saw in La Ventana Tango bar was owned by... read more

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 27th 2012

Once back in BA, we had a little over 2 weeks until our friend Louise from home was due to meet us, and therefore we decided to split this time into two parts. Week 1 would be spent in Uruguay and week 2 in Bariloche, back in Argentina. The fact that we could get to Uruguay in around an hour was draw enough for us, but the warmer weather in this part of the world when comparing it to Southern Argentina was the clincher, and so we headed north to a small town called Colonia. In order to get to Colonia, it seemed the best way was to make the short journey over the water in one of the frequent taxi ferries leaving from BA’s port. When we arrived at the ticket desk we asked which ... read more
Old draw-bridge to the city wall
Beautiful tree lined streets

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento January 20th 2012

Day 96 Sunday 15th January We went off to the Feria de Tristan Narvaja markets today which is a huge market in central Montevideo that closes streets for blocks, as we walked up to the area we passed the pet section with stall after stall of fish and tanks, then mice and puppies (it is a pity that the locals do not adopt dogs off the street instead of adding to the problem, I would like to know the statistics of how many of these puppies stay with the buyers all their life?). Next was the fruit and veg section it is huge with an amazing amount and variety, also in this area is fresh pasta, cheeses and salamis. Then there was a sprinkling of clothes including second hand bras – I don’t think ... read more

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