Not just 'another stamp'

Trip Start Feb 03, 2013
Trip End Dec 13, 2013

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Calle de los Suspiros

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Hello everyone!

So after our lengthy stay in Buenos Aires and a lot of steak we decided we would head over to Uruguay to check out two more cities and to get another stamp in our passport - it's all about the stamps! We were only in Uruguay for a total of 6 days, which we split between the small town of Colonia del Sacramento and the capital, Montevideo. The two will be covered over two posts as we also want the cool map to pin every place we stay in. So, let's get down to business!

11th Mar - This morning we got up early to catch the boat to Uruguay. We took a taxi as we were told that the area near the port was where crack heads like to frequent and we're not too keen on crack. Or crack heads. The catamaran took just under an hour to cross the Rio de la Plata that separates the two settlements. As soon as we got off the boat we instantly felt so safe and so chilled. Colonia just gave off a very relaxed and easy-going vibe. We took the short walk to our hostel, checked in and then went off to explore. Colonia is the oldest town in Uruguay and formerly owned by the Portuguese, but switched hands many times with the Spanish between the late 1600s to early 1800s. We were staying in the historic quarter and it didn't take us long to fall in love with the place. The whole area is very small with large cobbles paving the streets and very old buildings dating back centuries along with a lighthouse to warn off passing ships. Littered amongst the cobbled streets are lots of small restaurants. Unfortunately, the sun had gone and it was quite cloudy today so we didn't explore for too long before heading back, but not before walking through the old city walls and down to the water front. We did venture back out though to see the beautiful orange sunset that lit up the clouds.

12th Mar - Today we ventured out for another nice walk around Colonia in the hope that the sun would be out and make everything look even nicer than the day before. We weren't disappointed and the sun did make everything look so much nicer. We took many photos of the historic quarter and walked up 'Calle de los Suspiros' (Street of Sighs), which is lined with old houses from the Portuguese reign and apparently known for its mysterious stories, mostly associated with hauntings and deaths. Either way, it looked very cool. We then paid a small fee to go up the lighthouse and although the view was nothing special, we sat at the top for a long time on our own just enjoying the warmth of the sun. That afternoon we were back at the hostel and sat up on the roof terrace in the sun discussing the appropriate use of the word "passed" and "past"... as you do when you're on holiday. Around 7pm we made our way back down to the water front for another sunset. It wasn't quite as spectacular as the previous night, but we still enjoyed it and in the twilight the town was very beautiful.

So chicos, that's it for now, but I'm basically going to publish this and then type the Montevideo blog. Like I said, pins on maps.

I hope everyone is well.

Much Love,

G xxxx 
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