Over the border and through the river, to Uruguay we go

Hola a todos!

It’s hard to believe that we just finished our second week of classes in Buenos Aires. This week we continued to explore and eat our way through the city, ending with a weekend getaway to Colonia, Uruguay. Before I recap our weekend excursion, let me fill you in on the rest of our week.

We continued taking classes at ECELA during the mornings and ended our week with two different afternoon activities. One afternoon we  traded in an afternoon in the city and visited the ecological reserve. After about a twenty minute walk surrounded by stunning landscape, we arrived at a small rest area looking out onto the Rio de La Plata river. We enjoyed a small picnic with different snacks and mate. Mate is a caffeine rich tea, made by steeping yerba mate leaves in hot water. This drink is especially popular in Argentina and Uruguay. Our other afternoon activity was spent watching an Argentinian film titled: Nueve Reinas.

As the title mentioned, we ventured to Uruguay to visit the historic  town of Colonia. Originally settled by explorers from Portugal and  eventually Spain, this area is filled with small cobblestone streets,  several local shops and artists and beautiful views of the Rio de la Plata. Bright and early on Saturday, we took a boat from the port of Buenos Aires across the river to Colonia. Some members of class took the  early afternoon to visit the beach or explore the town before checking into the hostel. We participated in a walking tour around the town and had the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the history of the  city. Before dinner, our group wandered through the town, listened to  the waves hit the shore, and watched the sunset paint the sky full of  different colors. Our night ended with a feast of several different  types of Uruguayan meats and vegetables. On Sunday we took advantage of the hot and sunny weather and spent the day swimming, reading and napping at the beach. This evening we departed Colonia, sun burned and rejuvenated from a relaxing weekend.

This week marks our last week of classes and our last week in Buenos Aires. Stay tuned for the final week of adventures!

 

Hasta el proximo vez!

Cassie

A picture of our group in the streets of Colonia, Uruguay.
A sunset from the shore of the Rio de la Plata.
A picture of me (Cassie) with a mate at the ecological reserve.