Buggying Around Colonia!

Trip Start Feb 22, 2010
Trip End May 22, 2010

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Our arrival in Colonia after just two and a half hours on a bus was quite a shock to the system, as it seemed such a short bus journey in comparison to our previous longdistance travelling! We managed to walk from the bus terminal to our hostel with no problems as Colonia is a pretty small place. Once we had dropped our bags off in what was to be our home for the next 2 nights, we set off to explore our new surroundings. We had been told by fellow travellers that Colonia was picturesque, yet it still managed to surprise us; this town is beautiful. We had a late lunch and then took a look at the beach, the cobbled streets and souvenir shops, the lighthouse, the wharf and the main square, all of which was very relaxing. The views from the top of the lighthouse were really good, especially on a day with weather such as we had.

We took a bottle of wine down to the harbour area later in the evening; a nice idea at the time but I think that the mosquitos enjoyed it too! We had eaten lunch quite late, so put off dinner until after a couple of drinks at various bars. The food and restaurant were both good, and with much better service than we received in Montevideo! The time had flown by and it was 1am when we arrived back at the hostel. The other six members of our 8bed dorm were already fast asleep; we were obviously the party animals of this small town!

The next day we sorted out our ferry tickets to Buenos Aires as well as booking accommodation for when we arrived. Boring jobs out of the way, we were off to hire a golf buggy! Strangely popular in Colonia, we simply had to show our driving license and the golf buggy was ours for 2 hours! We were then let loose on Colonia's roads! We both had a go at driving and it was such good fun! We visited an old Bullring now in a dilapidated state, a nicer beach further along the coast, and generally just drove around laughing. We even tackled a roundabout at one point!

We followed a similar pattern to the previous day that evening, and took a bottle of wine down to the coast. This time however we made it for one of the best sunsets either of us has ever seen. We went for food afterwards, but even for a Friday night the town was very quiet. Our choice of restaurant was not the best and neither of us really enjoyed our food, but never mind!

We spent our final morning in Colonia sunbathing on the solarium on our hostel roof, before going for some lunch. We either had to find somewhere really cheap or else somewhere that would take Visa, as neither of us wished to withdraw more Uruguayan currency when we were travelling to Argentina that evening. We eventually found the latter, a nice place full of locals dining on Saturday lunchtime. Soon after, we made our way to the port and waved goodbye to Uruguay. The 1 hour journey was basically like a coach on water; we couldn't go on deck and the strong winds made for a very rough crossing. Not our most enjoyable journey yet! We did however make it safely across and were finally in the city we had both been looking forward to: BUENOS AIRES!
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