Montevideo, Manantiales, Colonia del Sacramento

Trip Start Aug 23, 2012
Trip End Aug 20, 2013

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Following an 18 hour bus ride back to Buenos Aires, we found ourselves stuck in the BA bus terminal for 12 hours thanks to torrential rain. The only excitement during those 12 hours was a very crazy lady who (we think) tried to warn us that 1) there was going to be a riot in the bus terminal at 4:45pm, or 2) the world was going to end around that time. Neither happened, which was a bit of a shame because we were very bored. Another 8 hour night bus – complete with a border crossing at 1am, we arrived into Montevideo, Uruguay. This particular border crossing was jinxed by Daryn – moments after he declared the crossing as 'one of the easiest' – the border guards decided they wanted to search everyone’s bags. We were not on a posh bus this time but they still gave us one of those dulce-de-leche wagon-wheel biscuit-things (sugar, sugar and more sugar) and strong coffee – just what you need to drift off to sleep at 2am (whilst your teeth fall out and you develop diabetes).

Montevideo is a beautiful city with a mix of very old, very new, very rich and very poor; the streets are lined with old trees and most of the horses wear either hats (boy horses) or fascinators made of leaves (girl horses). We spent three pretty lazy days touring the city and heading to the beach when things got too hot. Similar to Argentina, night-life in Uruguay does not start until around 9pm, which is not far off our bedtime; given our inability to tan or stay up past 10pm, we have decided a life in Uruguay is not for us.

From Montevideo, we headed further along the coast to a small resort town called Manantiales which appears to be a mecca for the most gorgeous people in the world – I’m surprised they didn’t make us wear bags on our head – haha! We have gotten pretty blasť about arriving in new places and finding our hostel, our motto being ‘we’ll figure it out’. It turns out that this idiom doesn’t really translate into Spanish, which resulted in our bus driver frantically researching and calling our hostel and manically tapping away on google-translate on his phone to ensure we knew where we were going; this turned out to be extremely helpful given 1) Manatiales didn’t have tourist information, maps or even street names and 2) it was about +35 when we arrived which would have meant I would have lasted about 3 minutes before having a melt-down. After exploring town (all 8 blocks of it) we spent the remainder of our time at the beach and (our new addiction) watching Planet Earth Documentaries on Netflix.

From Manantiales we went to Colonia del Sacramento; a beautiful historic town on the coast full of less beautiful people. We lasted about 1 hour walking through the old-town before declaring it was too hot and therefore beer-o-clock, followed by some time at the local playground to work on our iron crosses; I fear we may not qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Reading that last paragraph back, I’m a bit disappointed in both of us for spending more time at a children’s playground then looking at historical buildings, but I guess that sums us up pretty well.

Next stop – Mendoza (again!) for some more winery tours by bike (for the sole purpose of shaping-up for 7-weeks of biking in New Zealand, obviously) before heading to our last few stops in South America…
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Theo on

It continues to be freezing here in Londres so I envy your heat struggles!

mom on

Hey guys- lots of new experiences -keep on enjoying!

evelyn on

be glad you guys have warm temp. you would not like it here now with 40f. sure cold.

Auntie Sandra on

it's -29C today. Our laneway is partially blown in and that's only because the other part was blown out overnight! The vehicles are parked at the end of the lane because we can't get them in or out. It makes for a refreshing walk in the early morning light!

Chris jones on

It all looks so wonderful. Sooooo wish Griff and I had done something like that. It will now have to wait until retirement and that will be a completely different experience lol... Keep enjoying. It's great being able to share it with you. Stay well and keep safe. Love Chris xxx

Koy on

I look forward to a life of leisure like you. PLANING FOR IT!!

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