Into Uruguay

We had a fantastic time in Buenos Aires. We parked the bus in a lot for the week and stayed in a penthouse. Yeah, you heard that right. Honestly, it was just a large room on the top floor of the hostel, but we had a great balcony and they brought in an extra mattress for Bode.

I spent most of my time shopping.  My mom is coming to visit in a week so I figured it was my chance to buy a few things to send back with her. My custom-made leather coat turned out great, too. It was pretty fun to take an existing coat design and change up the cuffs, collar, buttons…I even had them add in some extra pockets on the inside. Totally one of kind. All for not much more than off the rack.

A tango show, a few nice meals out and it was time to get out of the big city. We’d splurged, but enjoyed it. Simon and MC were flying back to Montreal, and we headed the other way- to the ferry terminal. On to Uruguay.

We wandered around Buenos Aires for another couple of hours before we had to check in for the ferry.  I was expecting we’d return to drive the bus onto the ferry, but once we’d checked we were sent right through a very efficient Argentina/Uruguay customs process. Bode and I were ushered into a waiting area that was equivalent to a very nice airport. Jason was sent to the bus to load the car.

I didn’t have anything with me, no backpack, no money no entertainment for Bode. I was freezing in a skirt and the flip flops I’d changed into after walking B.A. I had planned to change on the ferry because it was getting cold.

Meanwhile , Jason got the complimentary drug dog inspection at the bus. Finally, we were allowed on the boat, which was very exciting to Bode. It was a hydrofoil, and looked like a fancy cruise ship inside, complete with duty-free store and snack bar.  Jason finally showed up with some entertainment for Bode and a bottle of wine for us.

About an hour later, we were in Colonia, Uruguay. After unloading the car, we were pulled out of line since we had the only ‘foreign’ plate. The cops  gave us a hand-written note that appears to be our temporary vehicle permission.

It was dark, but the town looked nice. The gate to the municipal campground was open, but it was closed down and the bathroom doors were locked. Since it was late, we  just popped the top anyway.


6 thoughts on “Into Uruguay

  • May 15, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Still going! I love it! And of course you know how much I love your border crossings. What number is this now? ¿País número 16?

    Buenos Aires really does have very European look and feel. Don’t know anything about Uruguay, so I’m looking forward to your next few posts.

  • May 16, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Did I miss a photo of Angela’s new jacket?

  • May 18, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    Love the picture of the old couple doing the tango on the street . . . but what’s with the girl in the hot pink top carrying a fire extinguisher in each hand?

  • May 18, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Haha! I didn’t notice that. I guess this is one place in South America you can say, “Safety First!”

  • May 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    an ipad is not a practical device to take photos with

  • May 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Ignacio – huh? We don’t have an iPad, but our point-and-shot camera isn’t very good either 😉

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