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Uruguay Here We Are

October16

I get the feeling that because I’ve not been such an eager beaver with posting, there is a sense of confusion amidst family and friends as to where exactly we are! It’s been so lovely to hear from different people that they are enjoying the read (that was for Jamie’s benefit)… so thought I’d put finger to key once again, and clarify our location and goings on. As ever, there have been many funny goings on!

So… we left the grubby streets of Buenos Aires behind this Wednesday, and as much as I hate to admit it, we were really rather pleased to be leaving the hecticness of the big smoke behind. Leaving my small suitcase, was not such a pleasing thing, but a necessity nevertheless. As soon as we got out the cab at East Croydon, it was painfully obvious I had brought along too many wardrobe options. A last minute platform change was absolute hell with two wheelie suitcases… so I knew one of them had to go. I struggled for a whole week (and it even plagued my dreams) deciding which of my much beloved, carefully selected items should be discarded… with Jamie only ditching the inflatable pillow I bought us for our long flight. RIP brown Primark leggings, RIP white broderie anglaise pyjama twin-set… we left them with the gay Schnauzer-esque flat owner. I do hope he didn’t keep them for himself.

The ferry ride over was smooth enough, and before we knew it, we had arrived in Colonia, Uruguay. Jamie and I stayed about 5km out of town in a small b and b where the owners were very grandparent like and didn’t speak a word of English - they were really very sweet, though, and it was nice to be mothered for a bit. What a contrast to Buenos Aires: Colonia is a small sleepy, colonial town with beautiful cobbled streets, and a charming atmosphere. Unfortunately it rained the entire time and much to my dismay was f f f freezing to boot. One day I had to wear 3 t-shirts and 2 sweaters just to stop my inner organs from chattering!

Colonia is really a place to meander around the old town and take in the atmosphere, which was hard to do with the weather we had. The only thing to soak up was the rain! But it didn’t stop us from hiring a beach buggy to cruise along the streets in! Despite my sensibleness, it was such BRILLIANT fun. Though didn’t really help with the dreaded cold - There were no windows, and certainly no heating in this vehicle!

The protection required to withstand the wind!

The protection required to withstand the wind!

Tee hee!

Luckily for Jamie (and my nerves) there were no gears to worry about, though Jamie driving (full stop!?) on the other side of the road did make me quite anxious. On the plus side, it meant we could travel easily into town and even explore right out too - we found an amazing beach with only us and a lone horse rider on it.

Veeeery windywoo, but really beautiful too

Veeeery windywoo, but really beautiful too

Only a short stay in Colonia, and before long we we were boarding the bus to Montevideo, where we are now. The coach drive made me laugh A LOT.  It all began because when we sat in our seats. Jamie wanted to be by the window. Fair enough. But then it bothered him that he had the curtains in the way of his view. Never mind! I suggested we move to the two behind that were spare. As soon as we had got ourselves comfy, a man got on the coach, and of course, we were sat in his seats…soooooo we had to move back to our original seats. In my head I had the Chucklevision music accompanying our ridiculous behaviour! Goodness knows what the locals were thinking. As Jamie began to fiddle with the curtains to tuck them away, the man in front reclined his seat at essentially a 180 degree angle,  right into Jamie’s lap. Well by then it was just tooooo much for Jamie to take and I quickly had to stop him from flicking a pair of headphones across the man’s head in anger, and explain that he was allowed to do it! Problem solved, Jamie sat in the seats across the aisle… and I stayed put. 10 minutes into our journey, another old couple boarded the bus and explained to Jamie that he was in their seat. I nearly fell off my chair with giggles! So I had to slide across behind the now sleeping fully reclined man, whilst Jamie sat in my seat… But no, Jamie’s not fussy, he’s just very particular! Then he snored the whole 2 hour journey there. Bliss!

The flat we’re staying isn’t as lush as we had anticipated, but it’s much more peaceful than Buenos Aires and in a beautiful antique building with everything we need to be comfortable. It’s nice to feel we can settle here for a weeks and get into some kind of routine. Though the lack of hot water is proving a little testing - showers are shared, and very military in their manner - “Right, you get under whilst I’m washing my hair… Quick! Moooooove! I need to wash out the conditioner before the water runs out!” We’re staying the the Ciudad Viejo (old town) which with hindsight is perhaps a bit quieter than we’d like - it seems to be the business quarter so very busy in the day, but much more low-key by nightfall.

An example of the scafolding over here - seriously, we see this stuff all the time. Sometimes 20 floors up!

An example of the scafolding over here - seriously, we see this stuff all the time. Sometimes 20 floors up!

Random old till in the Mercado del Puerto

Random old till in the Mercado del Puerto

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One Comment to

“Uruguay Here We Are”

  1. On October 22nd, 2008 at 6:22 pm Grace Harrison Says:

    Hi Miss Walker n Jamie
    nice blog lol haven’t heard from you in ages!!!
    I am loving Hayes but do miss Pickhurst a weeny bit…
    Lots of love
    Grace Harrison (6W)
    p.s keep up with the blog (every1 here is talking about it they r lovin it!!
    Speak soon Grace …xxx