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Hello family, friends and fellow bloggers! Our first entry abroad comes from Buenos Aires, where we arrived yesterday after nearly a week on the road. Last week we had the chance to enjoy some final home comforts before we set off with both sets of parents and in laws, including a walk up the Grand Union Canal, a pub dinner, a final pint of IPA and some home made chocolate cake (thank you Lyn - we will miss these!). After some last minute resolving of a broken iPhone, a small flood in our bathroom and saying all of our goodbyes, after the longest of 10 month countdowns, we were finally ready to go... A long but very comfortable flight saw us arrive mid-evening for an overnight stay in Rio, to one of the most shiny and ... read more


After Montevideo, I figured it was better to sit in the rain in the country rather than in the city, so I headed back toward Colonia del Sacramento and the port that connects to Argentina. An hour before Colonia, I got off the bus in Valdense and El Galope horse farm (which is on Hostelworld) had a taxi waiting for me. The area is pretty ordinary in terms of scenery. It reminded me of Ohio, really, except with palms, parakeets, and functional towns (with a variety of locally owned stores). The farms gets its milk, cheese, honey, etc. from its neighbors. It was too wet to consider riding the horses, but the second day the sun came out and I went for a nice, long run through the farms and the nearby town. It was a ... read more
El Galope, with cold pool for after the sauna.
Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse
Adjacent farm


The ferry-bus combo to Montevideo was more expensive than I'd hoped ($80 was the best I could get), but it was a fairly comfortable 3 hour trip. It rained nearly the entire time I was there, though it was unseasonably warm, so I still got in some nice walks and runs, especially along the Rambla, the road and trail that follows the coastline and Rio de la Plata as it mixes with the sea. Nonetheless, the miserable weather met my expectations of a Uruguayan atmosphere. There's a nice locally owned hostel called Buenas Vibras; it's in a residential neighborhood, but still only a half hour walk to the bus station or city center, and only about 5 blocks from the beach. There are loads of small museums with narrow scopes, like the '1972', which is all ... read more
Along the Rambla
Grilling
Government buildings

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento June 18th 2016

After a few days hanging out and seeing the sights of Buenos Aires I thought it would be fun and a little different to hop on a boat and travel over to Uruguay. No one really goes here and it seemed like a really exotic notion. So up at the crack of dawn, to beat the notorious Buenos Aires rush hour traffic, Jani and I headed to the port and were able to secure a ticket on a ferry for the one hour journey to Colonia del Sacramento. I was exhausted on the boat and slept for what I could, but once we arrived in Uruguay my energy levels shot sky high. It was so foreign and off of the beaten path to be here. I was super excited. Colonia del Sacramento is a wonderfully photogenic ... read more
truck
rio
tower


At 08:47 this morning, after sailing 1,042 nautical miles at an average speed of 17.1 knots we docked in Montevideo, Uruguay. After two gloriously fine and sunny days sailing the Atlantic Ocean we were greeted this morning by a monsoonal downpour in Montevideo. Ideally we would have waited for the downpour to abate somewhat before venturing ashore, but we had a 'Wine Experience' booked and needed to get ourselves ashore - in torrential rain! - to meet our guide, Ryan. We put our raincoats on and headed down the gangplank and promptly got soaked from mid-thigh down. We followed the pedestrian path from the boat to the gate out of the port area. With no sign of Ryan we took shelter in the Tourist Information Centre. This ended up being the perfect spot to wait as ... read more
Three damp Aussies
Ryan tasting the grape juice
In the cellar

South America » Uruguay » East » Punta del Este March 16th 2016

Geo: -34.9751, -54.943We dressed in shorts and shoes expecting to walk around a small town. We should have dressed for a day at the beach. We were tendered ashore today into Punta del Este around 9.30am. What a beautiful little town. Long sandy beaches stretch out along both sides of this penninsula. On one side, a calm protected bay where our ship lay docked, and the other an exposed surf beach heading out to the South Atlantic. We wandered around the bay beach, alongside yachts, giant gulls and flying fish leaping out of the water. Even a giant sea wolf had arrived on shore as a welcoming party. Basically a large seal, with a huge impressive mane. It wasnt long before Id abandoned my shirt, and shoes for thongs and we were knee deep in the ... read more
Sea Wolf
Sea Wolf
Punta del Este


Geo: -34.8939, -56.1568The views from the ship this morning werent particularly thrilling. Just another port, similar in appearance to Beunos Aries. From here, the city looked like a rustic, concrete jungle. How wrong we were to be. We hadnt booked any tours or activities for Uruguay, as both ports were within shuttle or walking distance to the cities and tours going beyond the cities didnt sound exciting enough to justify the costs. We enjoyed breakfast on the ship around 8.30, and an hour later we were disembarking. Nothing whatsoever in the way of customs. We walked straight out the port into the street. The currency here is the Uruguayan Peso. 1AUD = around 25 URU. From the port wed planned to do a walking tour. We noticed a hop on hop off bus here however and ... read more
Views of Montevideo
Views of Montevideo
Views of Montevideo


I arrived in Uruguay after an uneventful 20 hours which took me from Melbourne to Sydney, Sydney to Santiago and then finally to Montevideo. As I stepped off the plane and collected my bags I almost had to pinch myself; I had only received confirmation that I would be travelling to Uruguay a week earlier. The opportunity to tack on a few extra days, one at the beginning and 3 at the end, was far too tempting to resist. Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is home to about 1.3 million people. The city is situated on the banks of the Rio de la Plata, which forms part of the border between Uruguay and Argentina. The drive from the airport was quite enjoyable. As drove along the Rambla we passed through the fancier suburbs of Carrasco it ... read more
Plaza Independencia
Ciudad Vieja
Ciudad Vieja

South America » Uruguay February 16th 2016

INTERNET IS USELESS ON BOARD SO THESE ARE GETING LATER AND LATER MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY 27th January Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay . The southernmost capital city in the Americas, Montevideo is situated in the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Rio De La Plata. The city was established in 1724 by a Spanish soldier, Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, as a strategic move amidst the Spanish-Portuguese dispute over the platine region. It was also under brief British rule in 1807. Montevideo has consistentl... read more
CATHEDRAL
CITADEL GATE
GRAF SPEE ANCHOR

South America » Uruguay » West » Colonia del Sacramento February 15th 2016

C: After our time in BA we decided to head across the water into Uruguay, not just for another passport stamp, but to visit the pretty coastal town of Colonia del Sacramento. It's only takes a couple of hours on the ferry from BA across the interestingly named River Plate which apparently, according to the history lesson my dad gave us via Skype, was the site of a major naval battle during WWII. Despite Argentinian and Uruguayan customs nearly causing us to want to start another battle, we made it across. (R: The popcorn lives on!). The town itself lives up to the hype. Set on a pretty peninsula and full of cobbled streets and attractive little buildings it was a nice place just to wander and soak up the atmosphere. It is smarter than BA, ... read more
Fisher men
Lighthouse
Back streets




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