We're tourists who do touristy things

Trip Start Mar 01, 2010
Trip End Aug 23, 2010

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Today we set an alarm and woke up early (meaning like 10:30). We got ready and then took a cab to the Buquebus station across town. We were trying to make the 12:30 boat to Colonial Uruguay but we got there at 12:27 and so they told us we would have to take the 2 p.m. ship. After a little consideration, we bought the round trip ticket, leaving at 2 and then leaving to return at 9:15 p.m. We ate a small snack and then walked around the harbor area while we waited for our ship. We eventually boarded and slept the whole 1 hr boat ride to Colonia. When we got there (and got another passport stamp!) what we found was a very cute, quaint little town. We started walking and we came upon the ruins of the old fort. It had a large drawbridge gate across what used to be a moat and a few places where cannons were still in place. There was also an old lighthouse and some little shops. The streets were all cobblestone and it was really beautiful and picturesque. We were hungry at this point because it was almost 4 so we found a beautiful café that specialized in seafood and we ate at a table outside on the cobblestone street. We both had salmon with a white wine garlic sauce, not the best salmon but salmon nonetheless. After lunch, we walked in to the center of town, which includes a long street full of touristy shops and places to eat. We wondered around, went in some shops, checked out an old church and were officially officially bored. We got really good ice cream (arguably the best I've had since Italy) and sat around for a while. Finally we just decided to make our way back to the station. We got there an asked if we could change our tickets to the earlier boat and they said no so we walked around the town a bit more, came back to the station again and waited. 

Ok, so some thoughts on Colonia....if I thought driving in Buenos Aires would be scary....no, Colonia has it beat hands down. Not only are there no red lights, there are no (or very few) stop lights. This translates to whomever has the biggest cojones goes first, and that is almost never the pedestrian. There is a huge mate culture here...bigger than in Argentina, I think anyway. Mate is a tea that I will discuss in a future post. There are also a lot more random dogs. Random dogs make me nervous. This place is so touristy that they take, US dolors, pounds, Euros, Argentine pesos, whatever you got...and they'll give you change in the same dollar that you paid. Fascinating! 

Finally we got to board the boat and we slept some on the way home. Being the smart girls we are, when we got back and walked a few blocks so we wouldn't get ripped off by the taxis at the station, and hailed a cab. We're clever like that :-)  When we got back to the house, changed because it was getting a little chilly and went to Bonjour Pizza (again) to have round 2 of their really great pizza. We ate outside on the street (it was now around 11 so things were starting to calm down for the night). We got home, read for a while and called it a night. I don't remember if I mentioned this earlier, but I'm reading The Three Musketeers. At first it was kind of difficult. I was giving Dumas the benefit of the doubt that it's the translation, not the story...but it has improved dramatically, though I'm still not sure I would recommend it. 
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Lauren on

Gnome away from home is surely getting around....

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