Colonial little town

Trip Start Jan 29, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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 arrived late arvo and went to a restaurant to eat dinner, we ate gnocchi as on the 29th of each month it is their tradition. It dates back to the war when it was the only food they could afford to make, keep that in mind next time you pay $20 plus for a plate of it!!

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. It was James’ first time ever riding a horse so the owner held the reigns for him behind his horse and it was only my third time so I got to hold my own? We got to 'trot’ which isn’t really fast, just like a jog for the horse but it’s a bumpy ride!! We did this on n off most of the way but on the way back my horse’s hoof fell into a hole and he went down… and yep so did I!! I tumbled off head first off the horses back and it was very frightening, I was so lucky it or the other horses didn’t trample me, I had a bit of shock, but as they say ‘When you fall off a horse, get straight back on again’ and that’s what I did. So a big pat on the back for me!! I told mum and dad and they thought it was bloody funny! Nice hey… ha ha just joking mum, I know you’s love me and I survived completely unscathed.

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.
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annie on

sounds like a very cruisy spot

Belynda on

Hey guys,
Am loving your blog looks like your having a great time, I forwarded on the like to Jodi shell so she can check out your adventures before you get to her..
Miss you guys take care and I'll talk to you soon..
Love bel xxx

agus on

hey guys! now you can tag & review sur hostel on travelpod!

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