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Colonia, Uruguay

A tourist visa for Argentina is good for 90 days. A good way to extend your stay is by going to Uruguay and getting your passport stamped. That gives you another 90 days.

Though I've only been here for two months, I'm ready to start looking for a job and try to change my return on my round trip ticket. My friend Patt said she had a trip planned to Uruguay, and I figured it would be a good idea to tag along. This trip was made a month before it was really necessary, but the stamp will give me a little confidence in dealing with the airline. It's a time marker for me - one that plants me here for the next three months at least.

Here you can see Rio de La Plata separating Uruguay and Argentina

I wish I had gotten a good picture of the boat. Once we were on and ready to split, I took a picture of Patt and my camera informed me that I had no memory card. I was bitterly disappointed, my mind continued to return to this point over and again. I saw the card in the card reader in my mind's eye in the drawer of the desk in my room.

After we had shared a delicious lunch of seafood paella, a long chat, and a leisurely walk through the town, I was even more angry with myself. The town was so beautiful, and unlike at gatherings when having a camera can make you feel at a remove from the people around you, I find that with towns, architecture and places, the camera seems to focus my attention in a way that has me appreciating my surroundings more acutely than when I don't have it.

Walking through the more commercial district, I saw some memory cards through the window of a camera shop. Was it? Could it be? Was that a card that was compatible with my camera?

Oh yes.

Beach on the River


White Car


Here is Patt in a roofless building, the river and boats in the background.


I wonder if this chain was hand forged? It is attached to a drawbridge I overlooked photographing.

Gaslights lining a street

Ivy covered wall

A street view


One side of the Lighthouse

The other side

The river

Pink House

a business

Rippling Clouds

a wall I liked


The inside of a business

The trees with these flowers were everywhere.

On the way back to the boat

A train station.

The outside of the boat station

It was a gorgeous day, and a feast for the eyes. After being in the city for a couple of months, it was just wonderful to have all the green and the water, the quiet and the amazing colors surrounding us. I did feel a little sad when I was walking through the city afterwards not to have stayed longer. I'm starting to see more travel in my future.


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Oct. 29th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Nice pics! Someday I wanna go to BA, Colonia, & Montevideo. Maybe in 2010--we pretty much have the '09 trips figured out already.

S'funny, as I was logging in I was wondering "When's she gonna post more pics?" I don't have much time now, I'll try to make more specific comments later.
Oct. 30th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I have never been off the continent before this. I just wanted to go to SurAmerica. I don't know why I just don't have ganas to go to Europe.

I'm starting to think I'm not going back to the US. Maybe I'll be here still when you guys make it this way. If you do and you have enough money, I hear Iguazu is a must see.
Oct. 29th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful place. Quite different from my albeit vague mental images of Uruguay.
Oct. 30th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
For some reason Uruguay sounds dark and soviet era to me. Why is that? It's small - small enough to see a hell of a lot more of it!
Oct. 30th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you! I've gone through this set 3x and still not done looking I suspect!
Oct. 30th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Awww, you! Thanks, nene (that means baby).

Oct. 30th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
That is one gorgeous town. Great pictures of all the masonry.

If you are ever wondering about chain again look for an overlapping area on the end of a link, that's where the forge-weld would be if it was hand forged.
Oct. 30th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
I thought of you a few times. There were a lot of good boat souvenirs I might have picked up if the shipping weren't cost prohibitive.

Thanks for the tip. Nice chain, right?
Oct. 30th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
I was looking at the pictures again. (That is nice chain.) One of the things I like is the contrast of weathered aged structures with the well-kept appearance. There were collapsing walls, worn paint, and vine covered walls but none of it looked neglected.

I think the Golden Behind has reached the end of it's run. There is some damage that is beyond repair. I hope it doesn't take four years too get the new one up to snuff. Thanks for looking though.
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Oct. 31st, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
That's any easy thing to do around here, che.
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