Well, we have made it through yet another (somewhat dubious) border crossing! Our first sea crossing went very smoothly, and was very quick - only 50 mins from Buenos Aires. The only issue was that the customs forms were all in spanish, and although we could decipher the majority, there were a few things we couldn't understand, thus we decided to ask the customs guys in Uruguay- however, they had other plans, they didn't check the forms and just kept saying "bye bye, bye bye" - thus they have in their possesion 2 uncompleted customs forms! oops!
We had a similar problem as we did in BA to start with - ie. no rooms to be found anywhere! This is apparantly due to it being a bank holiday wkend in BA - they all come over here - doh! This coupled with the fact that we were carrying twice our own body weight in luggage, made the situation somewhat difficult! However, atlast we stumbled on a nice hotel, that had just (literally 2 mins before we arrived) had a room become available - phew!
A note on the baggage situation - after about 5 mins of hauling the extra bags around BA, Sophie nearly passed out under the sheer weight of the load, and duely handed over the bags to Andrew! At that point, we both decided that we HAVE to send some of this bloody stuff home, despite the extorsionate cost, or we are gonna end up crippled!
On arrival at Colonia yesterday, we had a quick wander about and had dinner in a quirky place near the old harbour (they have an old car outside which has been converted to accomodate a table and chairs - Andrew wanted to sit here, Sophie bluntly refused on grounds that they may catch hypothermia!) We had a nice japonese meal there - very cool.
Anyhoo, the place is very nice, feels very Portugese, as it says in the guidebooks, and is nice and peaceful after the noise and glitz of BA. So, we are gonna have a wander around town, hopefully have a nice big seafood lunch by the old port, and then we are off to Montevideo tomorrow morning at 11am! All fun!