Colonia, Uruguay, a quaint little town 3-hours ferry ride from Buenos Aires. Uruguay is (supposedly) the least corrupt country in Latin America. They also have (had) a cool president (reputed to be the ‘poorest president on earth’) who received a million-dollar offer for his VW Beetle, and rejected it.
‘What’s getting so much attention in the world? That I love in a small house, with very few things and drive an old car? Is that news? Because then the world is crazy because they’re surprised of what’s normal.’
“Worse that drugs is drug trafficking. Much worse. Drugs are a disease, and I don’t think that there are good drugs or that marijuana is good. Nor cigarettes. No addiction is good. I include alcohol. The only good addiction is love. Forget everything else.”
I felt excited as I walked along the streets and took in elements that shouted ‘Uruguay! Uruguay!’
Admittedly, what enthralled me most was the fact that I had stepped foot on Uruguay once in my life. This country that was so, so far away in my geographical imagination – I had seen a (very tiny) part of it, and I felt lucky for that. I probably touched only the very tip of the iceberg, but I still felt lucky to have visited a part of it.
One of my favourite places to run around spotting doors and windows.
1. Book ticket from https://www.buquebus.com
– book in advance for cheaper tickets; the ticket I bought the night before had its price doubled. The return ticket I bought on the day itself was tripled in price.
2. Get to Darsena Norte – https://www.buquebus.com/BQBWebV2/web/Estatica?html=FAQ.html
It was easy, I dropped nearby and asked around and walked to the ferry terminal. Everyone knows where it is.
3. Buy ticket, or redeem online purchase for actual ticket (still need to queue to do so – note to go slightly earlier)
I was surprised at how developed and comfortable the ferry was. It was selling food, had a shop within it, had multiple stories (seen in last picture), and was extremely comfortable.