Salto, Concordia, Villa Maria, Montevideo, Santa Teresa/Chuy
17.02.2012 - 23.02.2012
The group had separated in the morning as some wanted to leave super early but I needed to have a bit of lie in lol. Fiona and me made our way towards Posadas and from here we decided to take an over night bus to Concordia. It was a long day but it was nice to be inside an aircon bus:o) Once we arrived we had to take a bus towards the border of Argentina/Uruguay the joke was that everyone in the bus station (we the people that worked there) were telling us that we had to pay 20 pesos for an 30-40min bus journey ok it was like £3.00 but we figured that there was a local bus that took us there for £0.60! It is always best to speak to the locals! We were dropped a km away from the boarder which we had to walk to. I thought it would be nice if someone could hitch us a ride so for a joke I stuck my thumb out and someone pulled up. I know what you guys are thinking and how stupid I am but I had a good feeling. This guy basically took us through the boarder and had dropped us off at the 1st town in Uruguay, Salto. We basically managed to hitch hike 600km with 3 diff drivers the last driver was an old man must have been in his 60’s driving one of those big hefty trucks! In the passenger seat I felt like a giant it was an amazing experience. The whole 6hrs being on the road all Uruguay had shown me were acres of green grass land, some used for crops/farming and other areas were just unoccupied. There were loads of green small parrots just flying casually just amazing. We were planning to get towards Montevideo but once Walter had dropped us off we were back walking this time it was approaching evening. As he had left his truck and jumped on his bike he did tell us if we can’t get on another form of transport then we could stop over at his which was 3km away. Out came our ‘Montevideo’ sign and off we were. After 3km nada, we did see Walter bike outside his home. We walked in the supermarket next door brought a few things for dinner and knocked on his door. He was so happy to see us and so were we. He has invited over his nieces/nephew to join and then later they had taken us to a carnival party which was diff. The evening (like midnight) has kicked off with an hour of live comedy and then followed by dancing, we then stopped off for a carnival procession on stage and the night ended with more dancing. We came back at 6am and work up a few hours later, so now we were only 70km away from Montevideo as we were hang no luck with another hike we decided to get on a bus and I am glad we did.
The next few days we actually spent day and night at the bus station (and I am glad that we did not have to pay to use the toilets lol and that it had many restaurants that were opened more and less for 24hrs) because due to the many carnivals all the hostels were booked up and the hotels were highly priced. Uruguay is not cheap! Fiona and I waited for the rest as they were arriving at midnight. When everyone had reunited we decided to go to Chuy, 5 hours away from Montevideo. We took the late/very early bus so we had arrived at 6am. The minute we had arrived there it was pouring with shite load of rain…great! We had paid to get in the campsite and have a smooch but to be honest there were no way that the tents we had were going to stay up let alone keep the rain out. Thank god we were given our money back and off we were back to Montevideo lol. What a joke! Once back to our home heheh I now had to think about my plans which sometimes you end up going along with the rest of the group on what I had to and wanted to do. With only a week or so to go before I am on the plane to my next destination I needed to get to Buenos Aires! So there I was looking for a bus, any bus to BA. Found a cocha cama – the full bed bus! The bus which only the elite take but I thought this is my last bus that I will be taking in SAmerica, I had to get to BA asap and also I just slept (we tried to) on a plastic chair for 3 days! The service was impeccable! We were greeted with a dinner plate all ready on our seat, I slept like a baby and when arrived in Buenos Aires I had a breakfast plate ready for me – well worth the price!