A day in Uruguay
Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
50Trip End Dec 16, 2008
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Uruguay is just on the other side of the river from Buenos Aires, so I thought I'd hop over and get some sun for a day or two, but it's been cold and rainy the entire week - I wanted to see Uruguay, but wasn't keen on walking the beach with an umbrella.
To get there, I had to cross the Rio del Plata - the widest river in the world (137 miles across at it's mouth!). I crossed a narrower part but it still took 3 hours by ferry.
Colonia was a cool little town with art galleries, botiques, and restaurants built in ancient buildings.
I spent the day wandering the cobbled streets, and every time I entered a shop, the owners would turn on the lights for me.
The big excitement for the day was that a boat capsized just off the shore, and I think half the town and the entire police force and coast guard were on hand for the excitement. Not much happens in this sleepy little town this time of year.
The main mode of transportation was golf cart, go-kart, and Hertz had some sort of bat-mobile thing for rent that looked pretty cool. The Hertz office was the size of a newspaper stand with three of these things out front. It was the smallest Hertz office I've ever seen.
The town had a bunch of old cars, some parked on the street with rotten tires and have obviously been there for a very long time. One (above) had a tree growing out of the top, but others were fully operational and the cool thing to do was drive around town in antique cars.
It was a pretty lazy day - but definitely a cool place to spend a day.