Over another border!

Trip Start Jun 09, 2007
Trip End Aug 17, 2007

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Hotel Cuidadel

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Monday, June 25, 2007

I spent most of my last day in BA in the district of La Boca which is famous for itīs Boca Juniors football team which they are clearly very passionate about.  Itīs on TV all over the place despite it being out of season (not that I am watching TV much!).

The stadium didnīt appear to be marked on the map I had but I soon stumbled across it and the numerous fans (although not a match day they still adorn the yellow and blue shirts!).  BTW the photo is not the stadium - I wasnīt allowed inside there so I just found this small park which I think depicts the passion well.

The more memorable bit for me though, was the colourful Caminito, which is a short pedestrian walk in La Boca, lined with corrugated metal buildings (sounds horrific... but when you like art - youīd appreciate it!) which are painted vibrant colours; and where I was able to find a quiet cafe to try out my tango moves :S !

I also found a friend for the night so didnīt go to bed alone ;) but infact woke up looking like I have chicken pox (maybe I have?) and the conclusion that the buzzing sound wasnīt just in my head!? 

Now Iīm over another border and ticking the boxes fast.... first stop yesterday was Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay) which is absolutely beautiful (at least in the historical part!) with itīs tiny cobbled streets and cute little buildings.  Plus it was deserted which may be down to the fact it was a sunday.... or just due to the fact that smuggling goods into BA is no longer necessary (thatīs what the port was for many years ago!)!

Anyway so I liked it and my hotel (Hotel Cuidadel) was just outside the historical area and I hardly saw any Gringos all day!

Colonia is the ideal place to get to from BA for a day trip as the fast boat is like Dover to Calais (an hour) and even has duty free on board :) !

The town itself, Iīm told also has lots of shops selling good quality clothes at reasonable prices... but IU stuck to the historical part where my visa card wouldnīt take a battering!

Now Iīm in Salto near the Eastern border and it only took 8 hours on a bus to get here!

Salto is a good stopping place with thermal pools just out of town.... so if you happen to be passing through donīt miss out on these!

Iīve noticed that Uruguayans are very much into their mate (more than the English are into their tea!) and can be seen with their flasks and cups everywhere here, plus they drink it on their own too!  I managed to get served some while In Colonia... but can safely say itīs not for me .... too bitter ;) !

Lacking signs of the Gringo trail... itīs like Iīm the only tourist here... Iīm heading back over the border tomorrow, ahead of schedule and northward!

PS. Youīll be glad to know that the swelling has now subsided :) and I look less like aīyellowī Mr Blobby with pink spots!  But Iīm not braving the thermal springs like this :(
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