A weekend in Uruguay

Uruguay was a spontaneous trip that we decided to do last-minute. Being so close to Buenos Aires, we couldn’t resist a visit for at least the weekend. There are different ways to get to Montevideo over land: from the most expensive direct ferry, to the longest and cheapest bus routes. We opted to meet in the middle. Our journey started on Saturday taking the 9:30 am ferry from Buenos Aires. After 3 hours of a comfortable ride on the La Plata river we arrived at Colonia, Uruguay.

Colonia del Sacramento is a small cute town near the Plata river. Its narrow cobble stoned streets are full of trees and old colonial houses. One thing we noticed immediately was the easy pace of living compared to Buenos Aires. Keep reading!

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Chilling in Buenos Aires – part two

Tonight is our last one in Buenos Aires. I took a stroll this evening around Palermo SOHO and as I walked back, looking at the people sitting outside the restaurants in the plaza, walking their dogs in the park, and a local singer playing live bossa nova in the street I was already missing it. This is our first little experience living in a big city and we loved it! Our highlights in the last ten days are: completing our Spanish and photography classes, visiting one of the nicest neighborhoods: Recoleta, , witnessing our first real tango experience, and tasting the pizza at a famous local restaurant: El Cuartito.

On Wednesday evening we attended a Milonga at an underground salon called “La Catedral”. After some searching we spotted a normal random door without any sign marking it in the middle of a busy street in the city. We climbed a set of dark stairs and found ourselves in our first tango dance hall. Keep reading!

Chilling in Buenos Aires – part one

It’s time to catch up! I know it has been a long time since our last post, but we have been living a somewhat normal life in Buenos Aires for the last 18 days. Although our life has been “normal”, there is still plenty to write about!

About BsAs– The capital of Argentina; colonial and modern at the same time; definitely Latin, but with a European feel; a mix of music, culture, art and fashion; filled with many tourists, but they blend well with the locals. With a population of 13 million, BsAs is the most populated city in South America. It is huge! with lots of everything: cars, Keep reading!

Cusco

We spent a few days in Cusco before and after our Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu. I can’t say we got to really know it, but at least we got a little flavor of this cute little town in the Andes. The first night there, despite a bit of altitude sickness (Cusco sits at 11,200 feet), we went to Plaza las Armas to try some local food.

We walked along narrow cobblestone streets,stopping at many of the art galleries and artisan shops. There were also many food options. After much deliberation we decided to stop at a restaurant where a group of locals were eating. As we predicted, the food was very good and we were surprised by a trio of musicians playing typical Andes songs. It reminded us of the banda musicians at some Mexican restaurants and, although I hate to admit it, the Andes music was much more pleasurable while eating dinner. Anyway, it was a great first impression! Keep reading!