Day trip to Uruguay

Trip Start Nov 10, 2009
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Trip End May 07, 2010


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Flag of Uruguay  , Colonia Department,
Friday, November 13, 2009

This day started off somewhat more exciting than anticipated. Having arranged with the concierge a boat trip with "Buquebus" to Uruguay, a little late as usual we got into the taxi believing everything was going swimmingly. Then, just as we were turning up to the port, the concierge was on the intercom of the taxi driver telling us we had forgotten the tickets. The next 20 minutes was like being on a roller coaster at Alton towers. The taxi driver, the star of the show, transformed into a different being. Suddenly all the cars that had made the journey to the port very slow was no obstacle whatsoever. Dodging red lights, jumping queues and nearly running over half a dozen of pedestrians, he managed to get us to the hotel and back to the port with our tickets (and lives) still intact. The customs and passport controls was another interesting experience. The sound of stamps being thumped down on passports was deafening.

The journey over to Colonia del Sacramento only took an hour. CdS is a small little town in Uruguay dating back to late 1700 when the Portuguese settled here. It is a great little place with cobbled streets, colourful houses and little cafes everywhere. It is easy walking distance from the ferry terminal, although a number of our more lazy fellow (dare I say US) passengers rented little golf buggies available to hire at the terminal.

Having enjoyed another piece of steak (now fast becoming the staple diet) and some Tannat Uruguayan wine at a lovely little taverna ("Pulperia De Los Faroles"), we headed back to the port. Again, another impressive operation of chaos (and passport stamping) awaited us. Then onboard, as the ferry was leaving, it suddenly came to a halt and for a moment we thought we were stuck in Uruguay. However, after a couple of hours the problem seemed to be fixed and we were on our way back to Argentina.

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