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Center Plaza - Colonia

Natural History Museum - Giant Pre-Hist.Armadillo

Sign on 'Armadillo'

In Museum...

Sign on Skeletal Creature

More Natural History

Oldest Home in Colonia Still Standing

Some of the Tile Work Found - Note Date...1762

The 'Waterfront', & Mari

One of Old Colonial Bldgs on Main Street

Looking Down Cobblestone Main Street Toward Waterfront

In Old Town...Some of the Foundation Stones of Original Town

Some of Old Foundation Stones in Old Town Park


We woke to rain, thunderstorm outside. Easy morning since bus doesn't leave til 10:30am, but the rain never really stopped so we had to go to the bus terminal by taxi (only 8-10 blocks but rain not cooperating). A lot cooler today, skies overcast. Again, countryside all agriculture, cows (90% Hosteins or Herfords), horses, sheep...also we pass quite a few 'For Sale' signs for homes and land. Haven't seen this many (very few in Chile, Arg, or Brazil) since in the N. of Americas. Uruguay looks very prosperous, very WASPish (tho Catholic, ha) - clean streets, neat and orderly towns (most laid out in perfect perpendicular fashion). Bus system is very organized, leave promptly, all computerized even flat screen arr/depart in terminals like airports and not at all expensive compared to Brazil, Chile, or Arg. Don't see alot of new construction. The people are very nice/helpful altho we look just like them, in fact, have been asked a number of times for directions/information. Big difference is we don't carry a matte cup & flask of hot water everwhere we go like most of them do. They have special carrying cases for travel as well, look like oversized binocular cases.

By the time we get to Colonia the rain has stopped and it's beginning to clear. We check into Hostel El Espanol, just 4 blocks from bus terminal. Not great but dorms are clean and just for a nite...we have our tickets for 8:30am tomor to go to Montevideo.

Once settled we head for the 'old town' just blocks away where we get the $2.50 US ticket for all 8 museums but of course, being 3:45 and they close at 4:45 we hurry about...catch only 4 of them (they're small), 2 were closed and one too far away. The place reminds me a little of Cartagena, Colombia, tho on a much, much smaller scale.

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