Thunderbolts and Lightening

Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
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Trip End Jan 04, 2011


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El Viajero Bed & Breakfast

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

It was pretty stunning watching the electrical storms over the Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires from a restaurant terrace last night. The sky was lit up with sheets and forks of lightening.... moments before the torrents started. Again.

I had time in between Cordoba and my voluntary work and being in BA for 5th Feb for my flight to Ushuaia so I booked myself a 1 hour ferry over to Uruguay, a stones throw from BA. The main change is the currency, the expense and the weather!

It has been tropical rain pour after rain pour. The roads are rivers. Give up on trying to keep your feet dry, and your waterproof bag dry, and the stuff inside your waterproof bag dry. Its the type of rain that gives you a wet face even under the umbrella. My guidebook now has that 'lived-in' look, suffering somewhat from water intake. I feel as if I have neglected an old pal like Tom Hanks did in Cast Away. I may even start calling it Wilson.

Colonia is absolutely divine, such a pity about the weather. It is an old Portuguese smugglers port, complete with a wall to keep the treasure in and the tealeafs out. The roads in the Barrio Historico (old quarter) are original and made from what can only be described as wedges of granite. These aren't cobbles these are the mothers of all cobbles. Along with the rain you can actually go rock-pooling in the street, albeit only to find Bourganvillia petals or the stray icecream spoon.

London prices are going to be something I'm not going to miss leaving tomorrow for Buenos Aires for my flight to Ushuaia. I don't get it. It cost me the equivilant of 2.10 for a coffee in a bar by the river and only cost me 1.60 for a museum pass into 7 museums.... Colonia is expensive.

Another bizarreness included not being able to send some clothes back home, if they were new clothes I would have been able too. This was my second attempt to send this stuff back. The first I made in Cordoba where the central post office for the second largest city in Argentina did not have a box for me to put it in. What and Ever. So I continue to lug it all about. Maybe I'll be lucky tomorrow when I get back to BA.

The museums are a great diversion from the rain. The largest one if the Museo Municipal and has a room full of beetles and butterflies in glass cabinets along with a dinosaur skeleton or two. I thought of the film Night at The Museum and could just imagine those armies of petrol coloured beetles getting under the feet and persecuting those hefty strings of bones.

Sesame Street - Spanish words for the day:

Mareado - Dizzy. No, I've not fallen in love again, this was going round and round climbing the steps up the lighthouse today. In a brief moment of sun I thanked heaven for the guardrail at the top!
Cascara - Shell. The museum had the shell of an ancient turtle. Not to be confused with Mascara, the make-up of the ancient turtle.
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