A Quaint Colonial Town

Trip Start Apr 27, 2009
Trip End Apr 27, 2010

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

After some hard work to find the correct ferry terminal to leave from I took the 50 minute trip across the Rio de la Plata to Uruguay. As I'm not a big fan of boats I was glad the crossing was so short! It didn't take long to find the hostel and get checked in so the next job was to get some Uruguayan pesos. An exchange rate of 35 to 1 was hard work on my brain cells and everything seemed very expensive!

Colonia's a pretty small place and it only took a couple of hours to wander round the centre of town and see the sights (if I hadn't been stopping to take pictures and read plaques it would have been a 15 minutes stroll!). There is a lot of preserved Portugese colonial architecture and plenty of riverfront to walk along. The old city gate and wall have been restored beautifully and the view from the top of the wall was nice. There's also an old lighthouse that you can climb and see Buenos Aires from on a clear day (it was cloudy so I saved my energy!). The lighthouse is built in one corner of the ruins of an old convent. The walls of the convent were about a metre and a half thick and the internal space doesn't look like it is big enough for one person to live in never mind a whole bunch of nuns - the lighthouse takes up nearly a quarter of the space on its own!

I walked out from the old part of the city along the beachfront for a while. The old town looked beautiful against the sunset but soon the mosquitos started to make themselves known so I decided to follow their example and go for dinner. Don't worry, I didn't take their example too much to heart - chicken and mash is far better than blood! Durig dinner a little parade of people playing drums and dancing went past the restaurant but I have no idea if they were celebrating something, protesting or just having a wee wander! I headed back to the hostel afterward and watched the end of Australia before heading for bed - I know, such a partier!! Next morning I went for a walk along the beachfront before catching the bus to Montevideo. Colonia is nice but one day was definitely enough to see what's there....plus the whole town seems to be sponsored by Thrifty which made me jealous that AC never sponsored a nice, exotic town for me to go to!!
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