We decided to head to Uruguay this weekend. When we were searching for tickets on Tuesday, the prices were higher than normal (a last-minute summer weekend), so we decided to schedule for price, rather than convenience; due to this, we would be leaving BsAs at 9:30 a.m. Saturday to get into Colonia at 1:30 p.m. (Uruguay is 1 hour ahead), and leaving Colonia at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday to get back at 7:30 a.m.
After looking at hostels and discovering the prices to be more than originally thought, we decided not to get a hostel at all – after all, leaving at 5:30 a.m. would mean getting to the Buquebus station around 3:30/4:00 a.m. We figured we would be able to chill in a restaurant or bar until it was time to leave. Unfortunately, we didn’t get much sleep Friday night, so after spending all day Saturday in the sun, we were getting pretty tired when we were finishing dinner around midnight. Nonetheless, we headed to a bar/boliche that we had passed earlier, only to discover that it didn’t open until 1:00 a.m.
We decided to head to the Buquebus station, which was closed until 3:00 a.m., so we sat outside a gas station/minimercado until it was finally time to head back to the station. Though pretty empty when we first got there, the gas station got progressively busier as time wore on. There was a group of people at the table next to us that grew from one person to about 8 or 9; many in the group seemed like they might work at the bus/ferry station and were just drinking and talking before work. It was fun to watch because they seemed to know everyone that passed, including the police. It was also interesting watching all the high school and college age kids drive up on their scooters to get gas and maybe something to eat/drink.
Despite a slight lack of sleep, our 16 hours in Uruguay were definitely enjoyable. We spent the first part of the day mostly walking around and taking photos, before heading to the beach to relax a bit.
Below is our day through photos:
– Maddy, Alexa, & Abi