15.11.2005 23 °C
Well still in Buenos Aires to start. Had a nice birthday tea for dibble (thanks for all the cards) at a local restaurant that they call a bar b que restaurant. We had a table right at the front window so had a good view of the world going buy and of a bloke out the ront who was touting for business for the restaurant - I think I found Tiko's twin a dead ringer. Had a nice meal, a couple of bottles of red and then a wobble home - luckily it wasn't too far. The area we are staying in close to the city, in an antique and arty area and is pretty nice with lots of intereting buildings. Walked along the waterfront, which has the university situated there, and lots of restaurants but it hasn't been over commercialised. Got a taxi out to a suburb called La Boca, the home of Maradona the soccer star - the area is an arty area and all the buildings have been painted bright colours and manequins hanging out of windows and doors and off balconies. Its not a big area, lots of restaurants, artists, and they have tango dancing out the front of the restaurants and in the street. Had a walk around the main city streets of Buenos Aires, lots and lots of people but no dramas, we walked down the main mall that goes for about 10 blocks but couldn't go all the way because of another protest at the law courts - we seem to find all the fun.
Todays Pennies birthday - and she also thanks all for the cards and e.mails. Had a late morning, omelette for breaky and then a walk to the boat terminal to book our boat to Colonia to get caught up in a bomb scare there. Met a couple of aussie's who were on the way to watch the soccer in Uruguay so ended up having lunch wih them on the river side of the buildings. After beig allowed back into the ticket office, had another walk through the city - lots of looks but didn't buy anyhing. There is just too much to buy but we don't have the room to carry things around or another month or so. Had dinner for Pens birthday in a restaurant overlooking a little plaza, we both had shazlick - chicken, beef and vegies - very nice - a bottle of red and then home. One of the strange things of Buenos Aires is the amount of dog poop that is all over the place - you have to keep an eye out where you are walking.
The ferry to Colonia left at 11.30am and we had to get there by 10.30, however we ended up there early and just as well we did, as it was a saturday there were heaps of people getting the ferry to Uruguay for the weekend. Customs and Immigration was slow, but continued to slowly move. The boat is very flash - we had to got first class as the cheap classes had all been booked out - why they need first class for a 1 hour boat trip is a bit strange. The boat is a very big cat and takes cars as well. On arrival had a little walk to our hostel.
Colonia is a great little place - it was an old smugglers port in the 1800's, and there is still an old world feel about it - itis like Port Fairy in Victoria for anyone who has been there. Lots of tree lined streets, lots of very old vehicles parked around the place. Not sure if they have been abandoned or they have put them there for effect, although we did see some driving around and one restaurant had tables in the back seat section of a couple of cars. feel very safe here, and contented could stay longer. Lots and lots of motor bikes, and people everywhere including whilst they are riding the motorbikes sipping mate^ tea. Had 3 interesting days in Colonia and today got the bus to Carmelo which is just to the west of Colonia still in Uruguay. We caught the local bus, which was very comfortable, and which stopped along the way picking up passengers. It must have been the time for the schoolkids to either go home or to school and we picked up heaps of them and they were all very polite and the bus driver was talking and joking to them all. The counrty side was farming with heaps of cattle, horses, and crops - quite flatish with rolling hills and very green countryside.
Carmelo is a lot smaller town, not a lot to do it is more just a stopover point. Will stay here tomorrow and then get the 0400 hrs ferry to Tigre, then Buenos Aires, and then ann overnight bus to Mendoza which is back on the western side of Argentina.
Talk to you from there.