Meat, Heat and Films

Trip Start Sep 27, 2005
Trip End Mar 07, 2006

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Monday, February 6, 2006

On a mad Friday morning I caught the ferry from BA to Colonia in Uruguay. The ferry left over an hour late because so many people were travelling there. Once at Colonia most of the boat then got n buses to Montevideo as this is the cheapest route there. Jen and I were supposed to meet Kevin , who had caught an earlier ferry, but because we were late he thought weŽd missed it and went off to Montevideo. Colonia is a small town that is based around an old Portuguese fort. The centre is very pretty and has some museums with eclectic collections; one contained stuffed animals, marine paraphernalia and petrified mushrooms.

From Colonia it is a three hour bus trip to Montevideo and once there Jen and I met up with Kevin, Mark, Adam, Jack and Becky whoŽd all made their independent way there. We stayed out until about 3am and the Uruguayians were still going strong as most of them hadnŽt gone out until about midnight. It was nice to sit outside a cafe and drink a few beers watching the world go by.

On the Saturday it was off to the meat market to try some steak. For about 6 pounds you got an all you can eat BBQ, salad and bottle of wine. The steak was cooked in front of you and was so juicy it is unbelievable. The market also had some roaming bands of trumpets and drums with associated dancer. The music was an interesting accompaniment to the meal. After this it was off to do some touristy shopping before heading back to the hotel to meet up with the others for a Chinese and another night of watching the world go by.

The next day was scorchingly hot and so Becky, Jen and I took refuge in a cinema to see Brokeback Mountain and Walk the Line. It is strange to watch a film with foreign subtitles as you catch yourself reading them all the time. Mind you I did learn that a green pepper is šchili verdeš in Spanish.

We travelled back to BA the next morning as the truck was leaving BA to go to Iguazu the next day. Once in BA Kevin, Jen and I tried to do the things we had missed before so from the ferry we went straight to the Recolleta cemetery to see EvitaŽs grave, then it was up to La Boca to see the fancy houses and market up there, but we got there as most of the market was closing and the houses are very colourful but dilapidated. Then it was off to a tango show with Adam, Kevin and Jen at a cafe called Tortoni which claims to be the oldest establishment in BA. THe show was amazing as we had only seen amateurs before and the pros were a lot better.

From here it is on up to Iguazu and a very large waterfall.
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