A trip to Uruguay

Trip Start Jan 13, 2010
Trip End Aug 19, 2010

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

We seem to be falling behind with the blog, sorry. We are having too much fun here in south America! Today we have a 22 hour bus ride so are determined to catch up.

Back on Sunday June 27, England got knocked out of the world cup. Remember that? Well a group of people from our Spanish course went to Uruguay for the day, so I (Anna) went with them. Mike however stayed in Buenos Aires to watch the match, knowing he would be no company if England lost. We would have arrived in Uruguay 10 minutes after the match started as well, and he could not have that!

The little town of Colonia in Uruguay is only an hour away from Buenos Aires by boat. Our group was made up of five people – two Brits, a Canadian, a Russian and an Argentinian. We took the quick ferry out over the Rio del Plata to Uruguay, which is the widest river in the world apparently. I don't know about that but it was really choppy and two of us got very sea sick, or river sick, on the journey.

Colonia is like a little French town. It's full of restaurants and cafes and cobbled streets, if that's what France look like. It was a grey and miserable day, hence the bad river crossing, so we rushed into a bar to watch the England match. Like Argentina, Uruguay is crazy about football too and there were TVs everywhere showing the game. The less said about the match the better. We then went for a long wander around the town and a bracing walk on the beach, interspersed with stops in cafes when it got too cold – perfect really. Argentina also played in the afternoon and the town seemed to come to a halt to watch that match too. At this point Uruguay was still in the world cup, so with all the football craziness it felt like we were still back in Buenos Aires!

The beach in Colonia is lovely and there is a large lighthouse you can climb. It looks like it would be a great place to visit when it is not so cold!

I had been given a lot of Spanish homework for the weekend, and my new Argentinian friend and some of the others on the trip 'helped' me with it. Suffice to say I got top marks the next day. They are a lot better at Spanish than me.
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ristohannah on

love the sunset pics!

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