In with the Pretty Port Town

Trip Start Dec 11, 2004
Trip End Jan 01, 2005

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Sunday, December 26, 2004

Hola Everybody, Bruce here again

It is 8pm here in Colonia, Uruguay, the first town founded by Europeans in the country (or possibly South America?). It is a pretty little port town about 1:15 hr to the east of Buenos Aires. It is rather humid and our little hostel has no air con, but it is quaint enough. The town is full of cobbled streets and touristas on mopeds. Our aim is to hit the nicest resto in town, look at the sunset and get up in time to walk around some more.

Tomorrow we will be going to Periopolis, about 3.5hrs by bus, about 100kms east of Montevideo. Periopolis is a beach town, where we promise to soak up all the rays we can tolerate...muah, haha, haha... (insert evil scientist laugh)

We spent our morning in Buenos Aires by arranging the ferry ride, then heading off to San Telmo to go to an antiques fair. Lots of silver jewelry and junk from the 1910īs to 1950īs. We got a few interesting pieces but nothing spectacular; the plaza was so crowded we got tired of jostling about and seeing dozens of the same pieces with only slight variations. Still, it was nice to try to buy something besides the futile efforts to find vegetables...

We then went to a recommended resto for a quick Italian lunch. The food was good (ravioli pesto con carne for me) but the service was, well...Montrealesque. The waiter refused to comprehend that Vicki wanted to take with her her unfinished main-course salad, and then he took $30 pesos for an $18 bill, and didnīt want to give any change. And then when he did, he gave me only $2. Pachero! I got him to give me the $10 and he slammed it on the table in a huff. That was the second time I was shortchanged in Buenos-Aires, but I caught them out. Vicki never did get her salad.

The ferry ride was uneventful, but everyone here is nice again in Uruguay, so all seems good. People say ola and tardes on the street again, so it feels like Chile, but with tolerable sunlight, albeit much more humidity and even a mosquito bite or two.

Okay Brian, the details stop here.

Best from Bruce (and silent Vicki, again)
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