Couple of days in BA then headed over to Uruguay!

Trip Start Feb 03, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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One of many hostels in BA, and 'Impecable Hostel' in Uruguay
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Flag of Argentina  , Capital Federal District,
Friday, March 1, 2013

Leaving Iguazu / Day 1 Buenos Aires

The guys wake up pretty hungover after the previous night and went and got a feed. Matt is highly amused by Peg's new lobotomy haircut that he gave himself the night before. Not particularly looking forward to the bus going by past experiences, they are awesomely surprised when they jump on the best bus they had ever seen! 160 degree reclining seats, TV with movies, and only a few people in their downstairs area (even if one was a child who cried a bit). Soon after jumping on and sitting in complete luxury, they get a snack and then around 9:30 a good hot dinner is served where they both get a little bottle of Argentinian red wine to go with it! After this, during an enthralling movie starring Jennifer Lopez, they are offered champagne or a whisky on the rocks! Thinking "how good is this" and having the best time on a bus ever, they both grab a whisky and enjoy the rest of the J-Lo movie before eventually falling asleep. In the morning they are awoken to the bus stopped and police escorting 3 black dudes and their luggage off the bus and away to a building. It turns out that these guys were Senegalese and they may have had fake ID cards. After an hour, one of the guys is allowed back on the bus, but not the other two, and the bus is again on its way, and again behind schedule! (Note: It seems South American buses always arrive at their destination 2 to 3 hours after they are supposed to, so take this into account if you ever go over). They arrive in Buenos Aires around 3PM and head over to their hostel in Palermo. Here they chill out for a few hours waiting to go to dinner with their friends from Iguazu Falls. At 8PM they head over to the restaurant recommended by the hostel and have a good feed. Following this, everyone decides to find a bar for a few more drinks. After trying a couple of other expensive bars, Matt & Peg spot a seedy little den of a bar with a pool table that was selling cheap drinks and everyone heads in. Feeling right at home, everybody stays for a few hours and eventually everyone heads home.

Day 2 Buenos Aires / leaving for Uruguay.

The guys wake up hungover again. Having decided the night before to head over to Uruguay due to bad trip planning (their hostel couldn’t have them the following night and they didn’t have the time / couldn’t be bothered to find a new hostel dragging their bags around the streets), they try and book the ferry to Uruguay at the hostel, but fail. With the ferry leaving at 12:45, at around 11:30 they decide to take a chance and grab a taxi to the port, bypassing an incorrect destination and delaying them even more. Literally running in to the port at around 12:20PM (25 minutes before an international departure!) they were directed to the ticket purchase booth where they were told sincerely to 'quickly’ proceed through the entry process to pay, check-in, go through immigration / customs, and finally to board. While nervously waiting for the man to stamp the documentation (as he was casually chatting to his friend next to him) they saw the computer clock switch over to 12:42 and they finally collected their documents and ran on to the boat, hardly believing but totally stoked they made it. An hour on the smoothest boat road of their lives, along with 2 of the driest $10 baguettes of their life, they arrive at Colonia, where they jumped on a bus to Montevideo. 2 hours later having arrived in Montevideo, Peg realises he has lost his wallet and runs to check every bus in the terminal (with no success). They headed straight to hostel to cancel the card as quickly as possible but after meeting some people on the rooftop and delaying this for a couple of hours, Peg finaly decides to go and cancel his card, having found out that in his slowness to do so, someone had spent $3.50 AUD! He felt they probably needed it more than him. They found the main drag of the city by accident, took some photos of a horse statue and headed out for a very late pizza dinner (11:30PM). They came back, corner store, beer, roof, too late & loud, sent to bar by owner, party down by water, back to roof till sun-up.
Day 2 Uruguay Waking late the boys head down to check out the local markets, buying nic-nacs including a “mate” (addictive caffeine tea crap that everyone drinks there) drinking cup made from a cows hoof. Noticing they had been ripping through the funds they decided to do their first food shop to cook themselves and save a few bob. To help things along they included a few bottles of red wine and the night took a nearly identical course to the previous.
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