Buenos Aires + Uruguay: Colonia & Montevideo

Happy Saturday everyone!  Hope you’re enjoying the weekend.  It’s my first one back in San Antonio so the Hoch and I are going to celebrate with some beers, BBQ, and enjoying this fine sunny day here in Texas (it finally stopped raining!). 🙂

It is crazy to think that this time last month, I was in Uruguay.  The time really flew by so quickly.  This past week I’ve been trying to get my resume updated and start getting into job search mode, but it’s hard!  As I try to catch up on these blog posts, I reflect on my travels which makes me antsy for the next trip…. and I haven’t even been back one full week yet!  Wanderlust for life I suppose.

Anyways, for this post I will share a recap and some photos from my time in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Uruguay.  Buenos Aires for us ended up being a resting point.  We stayed for a full week which included a night in Uruguay (via ferry) which is the longest we stayed in any one area.  Jessie and I actually decided to go to Uruguay right away so that we could relax the rest of the week once we met up with Kate (who had been traveling with her sister prior to meeting us).

So firstly, I’ll share a bit on our time in Uruguay.  Uruguay is pretty much a chilled out and much smaller version of Argentina.  The cultures and even the accents are pretty much the same (to me anyways).

Side note: If you didn’t know, in Spanish the double L, ll, is pronounced like a y.  For example: pollo (chicken) is pronounced poy-oh, but in Uruguay, Argentina, and especially in Buenos Aires, it is pronounced posho.  This threw us for a loop the first time we asked for directions and the guy pronounced calle (street) like ca-che.  I think once you know what to expect it gets easier to understand what they’re saying.  I actually liked the accent.  It sounded like a fancier version of Spanish to me.

Anyways back to Uruguay.  In a nutshell, Jessie and I visited both Colonia and Montevideo, went to a tango show, stayed the night in Montevideo, and did a walking tour before heading back to Buenos Aires.  I really enjoyed our brief time there.  The people were friendly and the cities also had European vibes.  Here are some photos from our overnighter there:

We took the 2 hour ferry to Colonia first.  Colonia is one of the oldest towns in Uruguay and is known for its historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Portón de Campo – The city gate and wooden drawbridge entrance to the historic quarter
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All cobble stone “ca-ches” in the Historic Quarter

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Chilling by the water with a new friend

Next, we went to Montevideo which is the capital and largest city in Uruguay.  It was a 2-3 hour bus ride from Colonia.

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A shot from Bar Fun Fun, where we listened to local music and watched a tango show! (phone died so no photos of either 😦 )

Some shots during our walking tour the next day:

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Puerta de la Ciudadela
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Couldn’t help but laugh at this store name
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The Penis Gate: Supposedly the architect was lied to about the amount of money he’d be receiving, so he designed the gate in this obscene shape as payback.
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Medio y medio is a popular Uruguayan type of wine.  It is a white wine and champagne mix.
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Supposedly there are 4 cows for every person in Uruguay, hence the massive meat portions! (portion shown for 2 peeps!; we definitely had leftovers)
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Palacio Taranco – A random stop for us, but it was free so we went in to check it out.  It was built in the early 20th century in a French architecture style.
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Alfajores: Popular cookies with dulce de leche sandwiched in the middle.  Pretty delish.

After almost a full day in Montevideo, we took the bus/ferry combo back to Buenos Aires (BA).  Jessie and I had been go go go up to this point, so by the time we met up with Kate, we were ready to relax and just let loose.  Buenos Aires also has a European feel to it and is massive.

Aside from visiting the various BA neighborhoods (La Boca, San Telmo, El Retiro, Recoleta, and Palermo), our time in BA can be summed up in 3 words: meat, wine, and nightlife.  Seriously, we would sleep in, explore a neighborhood or two, get a steak and wine meal while we were at it (would almost always have leftovers), head back to the hostel, take naps if needed, eat our leftovers, and go out for the night (which wouldn’t get started until 2-3am), repeat.

If someone would’ve told me that I’d be staying out until 5-6am every night while in BA, I wouldn’t have believed them.  But somehow I did it.  Needless to say, I really don’t have too many photos from our time there.  Some may consider it a wasted trip since we slept a lot during the day, but the weather wasn’t the best anyways.  Plus, I think it was just what we needed at that time.  When you’re traveling for an extended amount of time, you need those chill days to break up the trip or else you’d go cray.

On to some BA photos:

La Recoleta Cemetery (where Evita is buried):

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The cemeteries here are like small ghost towns with streets and small homes that house the bodies of entire families.

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La Boca neighborhood (famous for its colorful houses and tango):

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The market in San Telmo:

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One of many street named after countries in the Palermo neighborhood (where we were staying):

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A little shout out to Honduras!

Pregame at the hostel with a new friends, a Colombian and an Argentinian:

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Jessie braided my hair to showcase the hair thread wrap.

Random, but Argentinian men are quite persistent and aggressive.  They just come up to you, tell you you’re the most beautiful woman in the world, ask for your number, and theeeen they ask you your name.  We soon found out that those guys are known as “chamuyeros”; they sweet talk and bullshit just to pickup women.  We had to straight-up be mean to get our point of NO(!!) across.

Some more randoms:

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Our favorite steak of the whole trip.  It might not look that appetizing, but it was AMAZING.  And it was from a restaurant at the Galerias Pacifico which is a mall.  There were no leftovers here.
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No, this does not mean “hooker crossing” or “people prancing to work crossing”.  It is actually a school zone sign.  The child is holding a portfolio according to the guy we asked.
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They even spelled “llegada” as “chegada” on our plane ticket to Salta (our next destination)!

At the end of our week in BA, we said our temporary goodbye to Jessie.  She headed back to Santiago to explore the south of Chile, while Kate and I stayed in Argentina and made our way to the northwest part of the country, which is what my next post will be about!

So until then!

Kimberly

P.S. Google Photo Albums:

Uruguay: Colonia and Montevideo

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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