Adios Americana del Sur

Trip Start Jan 05, 2011
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Trip End Apr 27, 2011


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"You're sick of hangin' around and you'd like to travel;
Get tired of travelin' and you want to settle down.
I guess they can't revoke your soul for tryin',
Get out of the door and light out and look all around.

Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me;
Other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurres to me

What a long, strange trip it's been."

Got back on the Baquebus ferry to Colonia then took a bus to Montevideo, the capitol of Uruguay. Fantastic old town that was much more manageable than the huge Buenos Aires.  Got off the bus and immediately spotted a guy shining shoes in the Plaza Independencia.  Never had many shoe shines before the trip but I got them regularly from guys sitting on the various plazas of Bolivia and Peru.  Hadn't had the option of getting one in Chile or Argentina and my boots appreciated it.  I was warned that the old part of town where I was staying could be dangerous at night so I walked around as much as I could before the sunset.  Went down to the water and as I came back up to Plaza Independencia I saw a military detail in full dress forming.  The 10 guys marched across the street and lowered the country’s flag while one of them played a bugle.  Pretty cool scene to stumble up on and I ended up watching the whole ceremony.  Went out for a bite later in the evening and ended up running into an Australian couple from my hostel at an Irish Pub and had a few rounds to celebrate ANZAC Day (Australian New Zealand Army Corp).

Woke up feeling a little rough my last day on the continent but I eventually got moving and headed from Plaza Constitution down to the docks.  On the way I stopped into the Museum of Decorative Arts which was housed in the immaculate Taranco Palace.  Grabbed some empanadas before reaching the docks and regretted the decision once I visited the old seafood market.  Didn’t see many fish for sale put the place was loaded with parrillas.  I’ve seen plenty of grills loaded with meat on the trip but this place was unbelievable.  I could see at least 5 grills rolling from just about any point in the market.  Walked along the peninsula to the sea wall which was covered with people fishing.  Watched them for a little while and saw several bring in some sort of catfish from the Rio Plate.  Kept walking along the cost to the Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda which housed both old coins and some really cool gaucho implements.  Headed back to the hostel to try to round up some people for a nice dinner but everyone there wanted to get something quick and cheap so I headed out on my own to get a huge filet for my last night. 

By the time I got back around 1:00 the place was dead and I didn’t want to risk falling asleep before my cab came at 3:30 so I dialed up The Big Lebowski on the hard drive they had attached to the flat screen.  Kicked back and ended the longest drought of The Dude that I had had in years.  Took the cab to the airport which is probably the nicest one that I have ever seen.  It was so nice that I decided to take a few pictures and my camera lens failed to retract. Unbelievable that after almost 4 months and close to 6,000 pictures it quit just I was heading back to the States.  Glad it held out until now.  Hopped on a TAM flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil and then on to Miami. 

And with that my 110 days in South America are over.  Had a fantastic time and I am coming back home safe and sound.  I’ll keep this blog up for a few more posts as I travel through Florida over to New Orleans but will be wrapping it up in a couple of weeks as I get back into the work force and start leading a normal life that won’t be nearly so interesting to read about.  Thanks to all of the amazing people that I have met along the way that made my trip so enjoyable.  I would encourage anyone that has the chance to tour South America.  It can be uncomfortable at times but it’s not nearly as hard as people think it is.  I didn’t see one drug cartel or guerilla army the whole time and the most dangerous aspect was hands down the numerous stray dogs in every town that I visited.
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nmcook
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Great post! Welcome home!!!!

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