Weekend in Uruguay

Trip Start Nov 01, 2004
Trip End ??? ??, 2006

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Friday, December 16, 2005

Some people would consider visiting seven museums in one day a tad excessive. And on a normal day I'd agree with them. But in Colonia we broke our all time record for museum visiting. And it was great.

Admittedly towards the end we were more excited about getting our museum pass stamped by all seven museums than the clothing worn by 18th Century Portuguese colonists. And it should be pointed out that all the museums were in spitting distance of each other. We had also spent the last two days doing very important things in Uruguay like lying on nice bits of grass reading and topping up my tan (Bruno refuses to emerge from the shade).

Colonia is just a couple of hours ferry ride away from Buenos Aires and makes a welcome change from the madness of the big city. The little town is a UNESCO World Hertitage site. And is very good for lazing around sunbathing. Once you've got the seven tiny museums out of the way there's nothing to do except wander around the pretty cobbled streets and then have a snooze by the sea.

It was a risk leaving behind the great food of Argentina for a weekend but we needn't have worried. We found a lovely little local bar with cheap food. And to Brian's delight the owner turned out to be Diego Foran's dad's best friend. Earlier in the day we had tried to think of famous people from Uruguay - and the ex Manchester United player was all we could come up with. So to bump into his dad's friend that evening was pretty nice. The locals in the bar seemed just as happy to meet us and we ended up in a drunken round of whiskey buying. We had come to Uruguay knowing nothing about the people or place. But the locals were quick to point out that they were just like the Irish:
- small country that loves football
- neither of us have qualified for the world cup
- we like to drink
- we should keep on drinking to forget about not qualifying for the world cup

The next night a waiter was delighted when we ordered a litre of wine to go with our dinner. To everyone else in the restaurant he declared loudly how great the Irish were drinking so much. The other diners just smiled politely while Brian and I drowned our embarrassment.
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