to Colonia, Uruguay was an interesting
experience that I’ll always remember. I
never thought I’d get a chance to travel to Uruguay, but sure enough this trip
provided me with yet another great experience.
The Spanish influence was definitely prevalent with the obvious language
selection as well as other noted cultural icons like the bullring outside the
city center. There were also the stone
walls, gates, and cannon that one would expect in a Spanish port city. My other impressions of the city were that it
reminded me a lot of Paris
but on a much smaller scale. The Spanish influence was definitely prevalent
with the obvious language selection as well as other noted cultural icons like
the bullring outside the city center. The
cobblestone streets, welcoming alleys, and quaint shops and bars gave it that
Parisian feel. Despite this mixed
cultural feeling that I gathered, it was hard to get past the “touristy” feel
that had seemed to take over the city.
At times it seemed like I had run into more Norteamericanos, English,
and Australians than I had natives. The restaurant
and shop owners seemed to expect this because far more of them spoke English
than in Buenos Aires. Exploring the city was further made easier
due to the fact that it was very small and renting bicycles, scooters, and ATVs
was extremely cheap and easy to do.
Paying for everything seemed complicated at first due to the two-step
process of converting from Uruguayan to Argentine, and then Argentine to
US. However, it was made easier since
every place I visited took all three currencies, further proving that the place
seemed to be designed for tourists. Everything
that I experienced combined with the beautiful weather on Sunday made for a
great getaway that was much needed from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires.