BA Argentina, Montevedio Uruguay
09.02.2009 30 °C
Friday the 6th of Febuary
After another late night, full stomach (steak and wine) we got ourselves out of bed at 12pm!!!!! Krystal was very impressed by this and thinks its the first time she has ever known me to sleep in until PM.
We got ourselves showered and dressed andheaded out for some lunch (missed breakfast) before jumping on the underground and heading to one of the famous attractions of BA, La Recoleta Cemetery. This place is where the most important people ever to be involved in BA or Argentina for that matter are laid to rest. It was quite an amazing place and the temple/tombs were bigger than you could imagine. The most important person to be buried in this place was a lady by the name of Eva Peron who was the presidents wife in the early 20th century and also famous for her devotion to the poor within Buenos Aires.
Once satified with ourselves and everything we had seen in BA we walked back along the main road towards our hotel before stopping off for a relaxing drink along the way. We then headed to another steakhouse (I think we are turning into cows) and had another great meal before heading back and relaxing in the hotel for our final night in BA.
This city is an amazing place and if anyone is heading to South America make sure you give yourself planty of time here. You can spend a month very easily!!!
Saturday the 7th of Febuary
Up and at it we were this morning. Pcked and into a taxi and on our way to the port for our border crossing between Argentina and Uruguay. We were heading from Buenos ires to Montevideo via boat then bus as it was cheaper than going all the way via the boat.
We checked in, got our entry and exit stamps, and hopped on board for a quick 1 hour journey across the bay, sea, ocean whatever you want to call it! We arrived in no time and headed to the bus terminal and then on our way again we were! 2 and 1/2 hours later we were in the bua terminal at Montevideo booking tickets out of Uruguay! We decided that we are tired of seeing stuff that we only see because the Lonely Planet guide book tells us to and have chosen a 20 hour bus ride straight into Brazil for 5 days on the beach!
Once we sorted that part out we hailed a cab and made our way to our hostel. We arrived only to be greated by this ding bat (great aussie slang) of a lady who had no idea what was going on! This was the first time of many. After many conversations of Spanish (which we are no pros at) we finally managed to show her our booking and that we had booked for a 4 person dorm, not a 16 like she was trying to put in in.
After the dramas we headed into town to see what was happening and the difference between here and BA was amazing! It was a ghost town. Completely dead at 6pm Saturday night!
We walked around for a little while, I had some rocks thrown at me by a little kid wanting a cigeratte before heading for some dinner (steak again) and some drinks. From there we headed bck to the hostel as there was nothing going on and called it a night.
Sunday the 8th of Febuary
Up and out to the breakfast table nice and early this morning and we were treated to a great feed and beautiful fresh fruit. It was proberly the best breaky we have had since being in hostels in SA i think. After breakfast and another run in with the stupid lady of the hostel we headed out for a walk along the water. It was a nice relaxing day and we wandered round until about 3pm before making our way to the supermarket to collect some supplies for dinner.
We headed back to the hostel with beers in hand and set ourselves us for a few hours of TV in the common room. Watched some telly, I nearly had a blew with a Spanish guy who thought it would be good to play his guitar next to us while we watched TV. He whinged and complained to us so I told him to dry his eyes and go away which he did and we set back to watching Gladiator.
Cooked some dinner, played some table tennis and then glued our eyes to the internet and read about the devestating fires happening back home. Our hearts go out to all involved and hope things improve soon. We then headed to bed for some sleep before the 20 hour bus ride coming up tomorrow.
Monday the 9th of Febuary
Again treated to a great breakfast we packed up our stuff and handed in our sheets to check out. There was a different lady on the counter which I new was going to spell trouble as the stupid lady I have been fighting with before hd no idea about the prices of things. I got in another fight with the lady as she had another price and was adding more things to the total so it was all going swell. I told her look I dont care just give me the fricken price so we can leave! Finally sorted in out and headed into town to kill some time before our bus journey to Brazil. After lunch we hopped into a cab and headed to bus terminal and then hopped on our bed for the evening and headed out of Uruguay. We hit the border about 10pm, got our exit and entry stamps and we were on our way to relaxation!
Tuesday the 10th of Febuary
After another shitty nights sleep (well for me anyhow) we arrived in Florianopolis around 11am. We hopped off the bus grabbed our bags and headed inside the terminal to arrange a couple of bus tickets. We managed to book our final two buses that we would be taking before heading home in a matter of minutes and we were both very relieved to have everything under control and our transport into Rio for carnival settled.
Once done, we grabbed a cab and headed out of town and onto Ilha De Santa Catarina where we would be spending the next 5 nights. The island is beautiful with around 20 beaches from North to South and many resort towns, bars, and places to eat and relax. We headed to the hostel and to our disapointment had to stay under cover as the rain was coming down pretty heavy! We decided that today was not to be a beach day so we ralexed around town and in the hammocks on offer at our hostel. The hostel we are staying at is more like a beachouse that a hostel with only 22 beds in total in 4 rooms. Its a really laid back atmosphere and very very relaxing place to chat and have a drink with the others staying here.
That night the hostel was putting on a seafood dinner for whoever wanted to eat there as one of the owners boyfriends is a fisherman and he headed out that morning and caught plenty for everyone. We handed over our 20BRL (about AUD15) and were trated to a fantastic meal that seemed to never end! After dinner we sat around, had a few beers before calling it a night around midnight.