Colonial little town
Trip Start Jan 29, 2011
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Well another short trip away, we caught a ferry across the river del plata from Buenos Airies into another country, Uruguay to this little town of approx only 20,000. Its streets are cobblestone and its right on the riverfront, it's a lovely place but not a lot to do here, so we'll only stay a couple of days. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site also.
We are now travelling with a Canadian girl called Sarah who is going the same way as us and decided to jump on board, we caught the ferry over from Buenos Airies (BA), it was only 1 hour and surprisingly easy to transit through customs. We were able to walk to our hostel as it's only a small town and you can see the buildings of BA across the water (kinda like Mandorah, LOL) and many people from BA will come over here just for the day or weekend to escape the city hustle n bustle
We finally got to try the drink called 'Mate' (pronounced Maatay, rhymes with Satay, he he) I had been waiting since first arriving in Argentina to try it and had to go to Uruguay before I finally got to! It tastes like very very strong green tea and quite bitter, I don't know how they drink it all day long their whole lives, but it is very good for you. It still amazes me to see everyone walking around, working, talking and going about their day, all the while having the mate in their hands drinking it.
There are golf buggies everywhere for hire in this town that freely drive on the road along with the cars and motorbikes, only in South America hey! So of course James wanted to hire a buggy and take it for a ride, I think it was more like a beach buggy thing than a golf one that we managed to find. Anyway so we drove around and checked out the city in a few hours or so and James had fun pretending he was a racecar driver! Ha ha.
The next half of the day we all went horse riding in the countryside for a couple of hours
They have good food in Uruguay and it’s much cheaper than Argentina, they have this food called ‘Chivitos del plata’ which you can order for 2 ppl also and out comes this massive plate full of chips topped with steak, fried egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, olives and mushrooms, basically a hamburger without the bun! It’s an awesome feed. Definitely something I’ll be making back home!
We had a nice time in this laid back little town, now on to Montevideo! The capital of Uruguay.