Another Stamp in Our Passports

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:

Clearly we’re super happy to be up and waiting for a ferry.


Pulling away from the port in Buenos Aires


One of many old cars in Colonia


Sailboats by the pier


Historic Colonia


Pink flowers to go with pink houses


Mime and something historical


Our buddies for the afternoon (that didn’t get along with each other)




Catching a wink where we can.

– Maddy, Alexa, & Abi


13 thoughts on “Another Stamp in Our Passports

    • Yea we ate lunch at the first place we saw because we were sooo hungry but it turned out very nice! And for dinner we found this place with a view of the sunset, so we sat outside and just ate good food for a few hours!

  1. When you screamed in that video, I immediately thought of stink bugs. But the most enjoyable part was probably the creepy guy you found in the woods

    • Thank GOD there aren’t stink bugs here….just a bunch of mosquitos. And the creepy guy was really nice, he just told me “tranquilo, tranquilo” because he saw how scared he made me! Everyone in the town was super chill!

      • haha someone tell me to relax?! Thats totally something says right before they kidnap you! All I heard was you say bye, which was clearly a good choice.
        ps- we just got a ton of snow, so I hope you’re thoroughly enjoying summer.

  2. Nice article and great photos – we’ve just been and had quite a nice time there though we only went for the day, the majority of which was spent in a little bar called ‘Drugstore’ on the corner of the old square, a wonderful afternoon, drinking too much wine listening to a guy play guitar.

    Hilarious you have a picture of the black and tan dog – our friend adopeted him, she was thinking of ways to get him back to BsAs – she even names him ‘senor!’

    Great blog btw!

    • Thank you so much! We were only there for a day, too. A day well spent!
      We saw the “Drugstore” place; we had no idea it was a bar! When we had dinner there were two girls playing guitar & accordion. Everyone in Colonia was so chill!
      Thank goodness “señor” was still kicking.. We left him in a park & it didn’t sound like he was getting along with the other dogs. I guess they’re all pretty tough. I’m glad you had as much fun as we did!

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