Off to Uruguay
Trip Start Oct 10, 2006
182Trip End Apr 03, 2007
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The fast ferry only took 50 min (the auto ferry takes 3 hrs)
The ATM has been limiting me to $200-300 despite a US limit which is higher. Since there is a fee per transaction, this increases total costs. This was true in Arg and Uruguay. I was unable to extract US$ in Arg but could in Uruguay . BTW, I was better off using US $ over Arg pesos for conversion into Uruguay $.
By 11 AM I have a room and am exploring the small town. It has retained a center with much of the Colonia architecture. It is a beautiful place, right on the water. I highly recommend a stop by anyone and a few days by couples that can enjoy the peacefulness. Being single, I need to find more activity. There are lots of good restaurants and bars but the historical section only takes an hour to explore. It is really hot during the day but is nice at night. I walk 3 km along the beach. It is a mix of 10-15 yr old local kids and families that appear to be Arg tourists. Few in my age range who are likely in Punta del Este.
I stop at a local café overlooking the beach
My days have become very difficult; A little touring, 2 hour lunch with a beer or wine, siesta, a little more touring, drink at a café then a late dinner. I am turning into a lethargic person. I need activity!
I go to Meson de la Plaza for dinner. It is very pretty, in a home from 1887 with a nice courtyard inside. It is as nice as I had in BA. Cheese fondue for at least 2 and a steak in garlic and spices. The Uruguayan wine, varietal of Tannat, is not bad. Mine was light and simple. My desire for good food and ability to go well beyond the budget of backpackers has resulted in my dining frequently where I am the only single person. Bummer! I am off to bed at 12. How will I survive in Punto del Este which sleeps at 7AM? BTW, I am the only person I have seen at 5 star restaurants with a Palm writing his blog. Something peculiar ...
An observation. I am stuck in a middle zone. I enjoy the backpackers. I relate closely to their sense of adventure, desire for community, more athletic endeavors ... I am different with my desire for really good food, financial flexibility, age ... This puts me in the middle of 2 very different worlds. I can go between the two easily but don't fit into either really well.