Bad timing again!!!

Trip Start Jun 25, 2006
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Trip End Aug 01, 2007


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Friday, June 15, 2007

He Said:

We managed to make it for exactly eleven months outside of the USA without having anything go missing. That streak ended abruptly yesterday in the Buenos Aires bus terminal. I was sitting in a chair in the waiting hall with our luggage in a pile next to me while Katie was printing out some stuff for us in a nearby internet café. A man sat down in the empty chair next to me and asked me the time, I glanced at him and said I didn't have a watch, he thanked me and a moment later he got up and walked away. About thirty seconds later I glanced over at our baggage and Katie's daypack was gone. Of course an accomplice of the man asking the time had silently nabbed it while he distracted me. I fell for one of the oldest tricks of the petty thief, so much for me being a savvy traveler! Thankfully, nothing critical was lost, the credit cards were promptly cancelled and the most valuable things they got were an outdated iPod and Katie's glasses. We found it supremely ironic that we had made it through some of the poorest nations on earth without having a single thing stolen but once we got to Argentina (which is definitely one of the wealthiest places we have visited) of course we get ripped off.

Blah, blah, enough complaining...

After spending the night in Buenos Aires we caught a ferry across the delta of the River Plate to arrive in Colonia, Uruguay. Colonia is a delightfully cute colonial town that was once a flourishing Spanish (and later Swiss) trading post in the 1700's. I visited Colonia a few years ago during spring break (in March) and really enjoyed its lovely architecture, atmospheric cobbled lanes, and tasty outdoor cafes. But it is A LOT colder now! Bummer on the timing, first Mar del Plata, now here! We need to come back in December or January when the beaches are toasty, the sun is shining, and you can eat a meal al fresco without a hat and gloves.

Tomorrow we are off to Montevideo. We'll be spending a few nights there before finally returning to Buenos Aires to spend the remainder of our time in South America watching the tango, soaking up the café culture, and eating as much delicious Argentine beef as we can possibly consume!


She Said:

My stolen backpack was a bit of a bummer, but it just reinforces that no matter how savvy you think you are, you can never be too careful! Particularly in city bus stations! And the bright side is that now I have an excuse to upgrade to a video iPod.

The ferry we took to Colonia from Buenos Aires was huge, and had a restaurant, a full gaming arcade, large duty free shop and several lounges. Most of the 500 or so seats were empty, which almost made you feel like you had a private ferry, and should have been our first clue that maybe this wasn't the best time to visit. The historic district of Colonia is a really, really cute! And in warm weather, it would have been fun to sip wine at an outdoor café right on the river and soak up the historic charm of the place. The 40 mph winds and 40-degree temps were not so inviting, and made any possibility of afternoon tea in the garden a crazy proposition. Surprisingly, this did not stop several restaurant owners from setting up tables outside, complete with tablecloths (fastened down of course), which, not surprisingly, remained empty. Hmmm...maybe the southern part of South America is best visited outside of winter.
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