02.09.2007 - 06.09.2007 15 °C
We took the ferry across into Uruguay and through yet another border control, passport pages are getting rightly filled at this stage!
Colonia is a small village type place very quaint and it was nice to get away from the cities again, the food was brill and we just had a walk about the village that afternoon up and down the cobble streets and around by the lighthouse, there wasnt a lot to do but the place was so nice and chilled it didnt matter although we were told not to miss the sunset and a few beers at the coast that evening, so off course we had to comply, but it was amazing the sunset looked like a picture, very god like and no that wasnt because we were tipsy!
That night we all headed out for dinner in a place called El Drugstore.... very cool name and we did wander what we were going to get but it was fab and you got to watch your food being cooked right in front of you, it was like a big kitchen at home really, but if you didnt fancy eating in the restaurant they had an old vintage car outside all decked with a table and flowers inside if those of a more romantic nature fancied it!
first impressions of colonia were great even though Ger found it amazing that some of the cars they drove were still on the road, but it was so far removed from traffic jams and busy cities that we thought it was super..
The following day we all headed out to a Uruguayan farm.. strange choice of activities seeing we are from Ireland but we thought we would give it a lash as horseriding, milking cows and having a uruguayan BBQ we all on the agenda so we couldnt refuse...
The farm or ranch as they call it, was called the 3 buttons and it was so cute.. i think because the sun was shining it did make it a lot more enjoyable that farm visiting back home... no offence! And yes you guessed it myself and Ger volunteered for cow milking, cheese making and watching a cow being insemanated!
But it was a cool day, the animals were more or less the same even though I had never seen a cow wearing a coat! But Ger did go horse riding for the first time and i think he pulled off the John wayne look very well! Paula dont worry i went as well seeing i missed this years traditional horseriding in Donegal followed by tea and scones with you, and yes the horses were asking for you...haha
The lunch that the family put on was great as they started with some wine and cheese made by themselves so we got rightly stuck in and then the bbq came out which was more of less a couple of the cows that we had just seen! But very tasty...
We even got a go on their zip wire that the family kids use to cross the river!!
We headed away then the following day to Montevideo the capital, and we were staying here for 2 nights. However when we arrived the weather wasnt the best so we all headed for the local uruguayan irish bar Shannons and spent most of our time in there and next door at the nightclub!
The following day as you can imagine was a bit of a non event at least for me anyhow, i did make it out of the hotel room for about a half hour but then had to go back and stayed there until 5pm that night when i Ger back and he came to mcdonalds with me!! Very bad hangover! So he was left to be tourist for the day on his own around the city but to be honest i dont think i missed much as apparently theres not much to write home about apart from the main square...
We were off again the following morning North to Salto for one night before leaving Uruguay and heading back across Argentina and into Brazil. Salto was a very quiet place as well and all we did was catch up on some washing and chill out and get ready for the Iguasu falls!