Colonia and the Cold

Trip Start May 23, 2007
Trip End Jun 29, 2007

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Friday, June 1, 2007

We awoke shivering at the crack of dawn and made it to the Buquebus terminal for our catamaran trip to Uruguay across the river (actually a bay) Rio de la Plata.  Although the ferry ads claimed it was the fastest ferry in the world, the speed was actually quite slow.  It did include a free breakfast which was good since we were running badly short on Argentine currency.  After an hour of staring at the waves and the container ships, we arrived in the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, at the old city of Colonia.  Colonia, as the name suggests, was an important city in colonial times, but has since become a small town with a UNESCO old town.  Despite the freezing weather, we wandered through the various museums and historic sights, even ascending to the top of a lighthouse where we could see BA far across the water. We had to spend the early evening shivering under the covers as our room had no heat and the temperature hovered near freezing, not a pleasant way to spend time.  But our dinner that evening at a funky restaurant called "The Pharmacy" made up for it. The food was cheap and tasty, but the real treat was Uruguayan wine.  The Tannant grape, a specialty of the country has since become by second-favorite wine of all time, after Hungarian Kekfrankos.  Full of wine and warm from the food, we stumbled back and fell asleep.
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