Cobblestones and Coffee- Buenvenidos a Uruguay

Trip Start Jun 07, 2009
Trip End Aug 23, 2009

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Casa de las Poetas

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Today we took a ferry from Buenos Aires to a little town called Colonia
del Sacramento in Uruguay.  The ferry was pretty nice, and even had a couple of
Wii systems set up!  Really cool.  Katie had to stop herself from booting
the kiddies off the game. 

Colonia is a town of about 22,000 people that was originally founded by
Portuguese in 1680 to smuggle goods into Spanish controlled Buenos Aires.  It's the jumping off ppoint for most Argentinians heading to the Uruguay beaches for holiday.  
The historical section is full of narrow cobblestone alleyways and little sidewalk cafes.  Occasionally there was an obligatory knick-knack shop for tourists, but overall it had lots of character was fairly well preserved from kitsch.  In this area of town there were a dozen old cars left on the streets. Very few looked as though they could move and appeared to be more for decoration, with the interior of one servings as a table for a cafe and another being used as a flower pot.

We found a colorful cafe called Dos Puertos located on a sunny corner with an ocean view.  We did not pay much mind to the music playing until after we already sat down.  It was the "native" flute music onehears in downtown city streets all over the US, playing covers of Simon and Garfunkel and the Beatles, it relatively annoying.  Luckily that was the only negative aspect of this little place.  Well, that and the fact we miscalculated the currency exchange and ordered a ridiculously expensive meal.  The wine (like most Uruguayan wine) was nothing special but came in copious amounts.  Good for the day, not good for the upcoming marathon.

Really, Colonia is perfect for people like us who think we can take beautiful, artistic pictures.
The sunset was beautiful, and as it grew darker we felt more and more that we were the only ones around,other than the very large number of stray dogs lithat ke to follow tourists around

We ate a late dinner for us, at 10, after looking at several nice but deserted restaurants. As we trucked back to the hostel around 11, we found all of the restaurants chock full of
diners.  Apparently the Uruguayans eat really late too.  I donīt know
how they do this and still get up to work in the morning (although they
do take siestas).

We both really liked this place, and if you
ever find yourself in Buenos Aires, you should definitely hop over, at
a minimum for a day trip.
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