Once upon a time in Uruguay

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It’s a brand new day in Argentina, but today I won’t spend a lot of time here. The boat from the Buenos Aires La Boca harbor will take me to Colonia del Sacremento in Uruguay.

A new destination

After getting my second new passport stamp for Uruguay I get to spend an hour in the Colonia Express ferry before arriving to a new destination.

Getting new passport stamps for Uruguay

Getting new passport stamps for Uruguay

The ferry is quite comfortable, but it looks more like an airplane rather than a boat on the inside. The seats are all lined up and you should sit down during the voyage.

The Colonia Express ferry service

The Colonia Express ferry service

People!

Upon arrival I meet the guide who’s going to take me and the other tourists for an one hour during tour around Colonia. I wish I could say I liked the tour, but it was kinda bad. I guess her information was still very interesting, but she must have been one of the most monotone speaking guides ever. Causing me and some other foreign tourist to not being able to pay attention at all to what she was saying. After an hour we could only laugh about her typical phrases during the tour such as “people, any questions”, which sounded like a school teacher and us not having done our homework.

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Beers at the port

I went to Colonia with Sai who I met two days ago during the cycling tour through Buenos Aires and today there are two Australians who get quite friendly with us too. After the tour we decide to spend the rest of the afternoon together in Colonia.

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Colonia is a very small village where you can enjoy the picturesque streets or the local beers… So… we decided to buy some bottles of local beer and walk over to the local port where our eyes spot the old fishermen boats and many beautiful yachts. The four of us are getting send away after the second round of beers by a local policeman, but I ask him to give us this once in a lifetime opportunity to sit here for a little bit more and enjoy this amazing view. Somehow he agreed and we could continue our Uruguayan beer tasting at the port.

 

The pink panther

After a couple of hours we all start to get hungry and as these countries all have amazing empanadas we decide to find a place where we can get those delicious pastries filled with ham, cheese, onions, and meat.
The first bar we find after leaving the port brings a smile to our face as they do have empanadas, a toilet, more beers, and La Panthera Rosa!
Our Australian friend looooves the Pink Panther, so the last hour we spend in Colonia del Sacramento has got to do with hugging a pink stuffed animal and taking many pictures.

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Before we know it it’s 20:00 and our ferry will be leaving in a bit. We have to run back to the main harbor before sunset so that we can make our way back to Buenos Aires again. Luckily – after taking some photos of the sunset of course – we make it on time and continue our funny conversations on the Colonia Express.

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Quote of the day: “Stop enjoying yourself!” said in an angrily way by Paul.

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Ever since I left my home country I felt at home at any other place I went to. I enjoy getting to know more cultures by talking to strangers and hearing their philosophy about life. Speaking with gestures when you can not find a shared language, finding places only the locals go to and learn about their customs and values. Hanging out with local people makes me happy. The experience of every new place is a step out of your comfort zone where I like to wander around until it feels like a second home.
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