|Well we managed to get our passports back from the beaucratic Brazillian Bastards! First we arrrived at the embassy a whole 10 minutes early and were denied access to the little room by the security dude...so we thought we would camp out in the hallway for the time being...but NOOOOO...none of that either! So it was back in the elevator...to the ground floor to wait outside. Then it was back inside the building...to the 5th floor..and the grumpy guard...and a huge line of other passport collectors...and those people must like to be reminded of Brazil...cuz it was freaking hot in there! And everyone who went to pick up their passport was having some kind of problem....one couple did not have the address that they would be staying at in Brazil...so we lent them our guide book so they could find one. One guy only got approved for 16 days...but he was going to be there for much longer...another guy forgot his reciept so he was not sure if they would be able to find his stuff, another gal arrived right at 4 (as they tell you pick up time is between 4 & 5) and the gal at the desk told her she would have to wait until 5...and she had another appointment at 5....it was a little chaotic! No wonder the travel agent in Canada did not want to touch the whole Brazillian visa thing in Canada! But anywhoo...we got them back...which meant that we could once again move countries...so that is what we have done....
So far the transportation in Uruguay is as good as Argentina! We just crossed over to Uruguay this morning on the ferry and it only took 50 minutes...and it left on time!
We are in a small town called Colonia which was founded in 1680 to smuggle goods across the Rio de la Plata into Buenos Aires. Then the Spanish captured it in 1762, so the town has a variety of architecture. Its a pretty tiny place (with really cool cobblestone roads) so we pretty much did the whole town in about 2 hours. We checked out a couple of museums (NO PICTURES ALLOWED) one had some really cool dinosaur bones....and a petrified mushroom! There is some really cool tile work here and so we had to check out the museum in town dedicated to that as well....once again...NO PICTURES ALLOWED!
We bought bus tickets to Montevideo for tomorrow morning and after that were heading to another beach town called Punta del Este.
Our hostel is having a BBQ tonight so I think we are going to check that out and hopefully meet some other travellers.