Argentina into Uruguay

Trip Start Mar 04, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hello Hello,
I hope all is well? Been pretty busy again since I've been last on. covered alot of miles and I've finally had the chance to just dump my rucksack down for 4 days and do nothing but kick back and chill out, which is all part of this traveling lark of course!
I left the city of Cordoba the day after I arrived, I think I may have been suffering post Salta blues, the city seemed really really busy, it is after all the 2nd largest city in Argentina. But I don't think I was prepared for it. The hostel I stayed in was pretty grubby too, only 2 bathrooms in the hostel for about 60 people. The next day I caught a bus to Rosario, home of Chez Guevara (not sure if I've spelt that properly). The city was tranquil compared to Cordoba, I threw my ruck sack in the room and set about discovering the city. It was really easy to get around, and the hostel was 4 blocks away from the main plaza. I met a great character in the Hostel who was from Rosario and we chatted about Rosario's history and of course been Irish he started talking about drink, whiskey, Guinness and the local drink Fernet Branca. I immediately said its only for girls back home and used as an aperitif for dinner. With that he was gone, only to return with a bottle and some coke. He was persistent and a big man, so I couldn't turn down the offer of having one. It was strong stuff and he kept pouring as the afternoon progressed. Early evening I was a wee bit  worse for wear, and I think next time I will keep my comments to myself!! It was a great laugh, no sightseeing that day! I spent 2 days in Rosario, I really liked it, excellent parks and waterfronts and an ideal stop off on the way to BA or Uruguay. 
The next day I caught a bus to Colon, which is a small village on the border of Argentina and Uruguay. My intention was to stay there for the night, but the only hostel in the village was closed for the season, only me I thought. When I got in the taxi he immediately started nodding his head and took me back into the tourist info and the lady explained that the hostel had been closed for a couple of weeks. At that stage I had gathered a few inquisitive onlookers who were probably thinking, what the hell is an Irish man doing here on his own. I decided after a good chat to the lady in my little Spanish that I would go across the border to Uruguay on the next bus which was in about 2 hours. As I waited I got chatting to an Argentinian man and before I knew it everyone was waving at me to let me know my bus had arrived, so nice. I left with everyone waving me off on the bus, such hospitable people. I crossed the border with ease and into the small town of Paysandu and discovered that I didn't have any Uruguay currency, so again, basic Spanish with a taxi driver, he drove me to the bank/shop and then onto a small guest house for the night. I then moved to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, which again seemed less congested than most cities I have visited. Great city to get around, felt very European and friendly and above all, safe! I stayed there for 2 nights and moved to the beach town of Punta D'leste which was about a 3 hour drive from the city. Punta D'leste was full of high rise apartment blocks, very expensive fashion shops and even more expensive bars and restaurants. It was hard to believe that over 1 million people visit here over the summer months and out of season it is reduced to 10,000 locals, which was when I visited. I managed to find a surf shop open and arranged for a surf lesson the next day. The surf lesson was great, in Spanish, so I spent the whole lesson just nodding my head and saying Si Si Si.. The afternoon I rented a moped to discover the nearby beaches which were fantastic, many of them surrounded by huge condos left empty until next season.
I then headed further up the coast to my final destination in Uruguay, a small fishing and surf village called Punta D'iablo. I had read about Punta D in the guardian a couple of months back and it sounded amazing. It was all I had wished for, sleepy little village, awesome beaches for surf and chilling out. The hostel had just opened a couple of months before hand and it was excellent! I booked 2 nights intitially and decided on 4 the next day. everyone here is chilled out, its hard not to be. Every evening a typical topic of conversation is, how was the beach?, how was the surf?, no decisions need to be made here, its all tomorrow, my kinda place!!! From here I'm getting a bus back to Montevideo for a night and then Colonia and finally over to Buenos Aires. I hope to start some Spanish lessons there before making my way down south. Hope everyone is keeping well? Hej to me mucker. Hi to the crew at team Willy!

take care,

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