Colonia del SacramentoJanuary 30 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C
Having traversed a lot between Chile and Argentina we have done a number of border crossings but haven't been to a new country for a few months. This changed though as we got the short (but very expensive) ferry ride to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay.
Having booked a two night stay we quickly realised there was a reason why most people just visit for the day. A very pretty old town but not much else. So with Kat suggesting beach, beach or beach, we decided to head to the beach for the first time since we left Brazil.
On the first evening we were sat in the hostel when we heard the sounds of drum beats. So we went out to investigate and came across a group of drummers and dancers. This was our first introduction to carnival as it looked like a practice session. Having then spent the next five minutes practising her moves, Kat was convinced she was good enough to join the group. I said I was impressed with her enthusiasm and left it at that.
The price of everything was a bit of a shock compared to Argentina but the blow is softened by various tax rebates you get on purchases. For example in restaurants you get 18% off if you pay by credit card and an extra 4% on top if you pay by debit. So it was time to dust off Kat's Revolut debit card that we have barely used. Obviously I still had to carry it though as Kat is like the queen, she doesn't carry money.Read more