Why did we go to Uruguay? Because it was there.
Colonia del Sacramento Travel Blog› entry 5 of 5 › view all entries
September 28th, 2007 – by: trhoades
We arrived on a high speed hydrofoil and headed straight toward the historical area of downtown. It's a sleepy little place. In fact, we nearly had to wake up the owner of the restaurant to get fed. After quick tour of downtown, we rented some motorbikes and drove along the riverside to a racehorse track. There wasn't much going on given that it was a Friday morning, but you could imagine it being the best place in town to hang out on race day (if they have any). There was also what's left of a bull ring, though it was only used for a few years. Bullfighting has been illegal for almost a century. Sheraton was building a brand new golf resort nearby which provided an interesting contrast to the area.
Lunch was my standard meal on the trip, consisting primarily of a gigantic cut of meat and beer. I'd give the Uruguayan version of that lunch an A+. Two pork chops that fell right off the bone plus the best beer I had in South America. The brand Pilsen was crisp, with a nice bite to it, and absolutely perfect with food. That's all beer needs to be, and they understand that in Uruguay. One thing we did notice about the locals was they like their mate'. We saw plenty of people sipping the herbal drink in Argentina, but Uruguayans took it to another level. Seemingly everyone in Colonia was drinking mate'.
Well, didn't want to miss the boat back to Buenos Aires. It was worth going to Colonia, but I can't imagine spending more than a day trip there. When we got back, BA felt strangely like home. We went to a high end Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant for dinner, then out on the town for about 12 Fernets con coca cola. A lively end to an otherwise sleepy day in Colonia.
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