WHAT. A. WEEKEND.
I’ll start with Friday: After spending the afternoon in Palermo’s park with Tania, Sarah and Paul, I went out to Antares, a brewery/bar for my date. It was -WOAH- really cool. The only time I really drink beer is with my dad, who’s a fan and would take me to Burgers & Brew. This time though, it was really fun because we did a “tasting,” and got to try multiple cervezas all brewed in Argentina. The place itself was pretty posh -i guess you could say- and it was cool feeling like i was “in” with the locals (google it!). My date knew a lottttt about beer so he did the ordering and all that jazz, and I just got to enjoy! Another successful evening being wooed by the ever-charming Argentinians (who I’ve come to believe need to go to the states to teach the art of chivalry to the male masses there).
Moving forward to Saturday: My roommates and I woke at the crack of dawn to head to URUGUAY!! Que día!!
First we took a ferry over the Río del plata –apparently it’s the “world’s fastest fleet.” And, I mean, it did get us from country-to-country in an hour so I’m not gonna question that statement. Since we left before the sun came up, we tended to all fall asleep..
Upon arrival, a bus was waiting for us and whisked us away to a granja housing 4 different Guiness book of world record titles!!!!!!!
……it was weird. This guy holds the world record for largest pencil collection, largest pencil, smallest pencil, and largest keychain collection. haha Picture a rural countryside, and then all of a sudden a little house on a farm in the middle of no where….and you’ll understand where we went.
However, I DID fall in love with the horses he had out back. They were miniature horses….and they were doooohhh coooot.
On our way to historic Colonia, we drove through the coast of Uruguay, getting a glimpse of la vida cotidiana before reaching the main tourist attractions.
Walking through the historic district, we took a tour of Colonia’s streets. To enter into the town, you walk through a broken-down stone wall, that used to surround and seperate the entire city back in the 1600s. The town has both spanish and Portuguese influence, shown through the architecture of the streets. I was fascinated with the difference between the spanish stone-lined streets and the portuguese. The contrasts of colors, stones, and material created a beautiful, and unforgettable district.
Outside of the historic district, we visited a fería before proceeding to the beach to check out Uruguay’s lighthouse (it’s highest point), explore graffiti caves, and watch sunsets on the beach.
The coast is absolutely gorgeous. Looking out onto the Río del plata is breathtaking…especially taking into consideration it is a RIVER and not OCEAN. It’s the widest in the world, and it just goes and goes and goes as far as the eye can see.
It was a gOrGeOuS day and such a blessing to be able to venture to a country like Uruguay! I never thought I’d make it there, and I did 🙂