Uruguay for a Day

uruguayAs one of the few ¨cinturon¨ countries (the belt around South America´s waist) that doesn´t require a Visa of Americans, I took advantage of its proximity and visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Colonia de Sacramento.   The slow boat  across the Rio de la Plata from Buenos Aires took 3 hours.  I was in Colonia by lunch time.

My first impression of Colonia was of the spectacular leaves.  The seasons are on the brink and Colnia is enjoying the brisk days of late fall.  Its a brown sprinkled with orange and yellow and red in subtle doses.  The trees are aspen-esque with their pale trunks and lighter leaves.  The leaves are dark in the absence of the sun, but resplendent with it´s presence.  When it shines, the canopy resembles stained glass.

The streets are Battle (Princeton) and Acorn (Beacon Hill)–cobblestone lined by ancient trees.

Colorful sidewalk cafes punctuated the walking tour of the old city, glowing in the shadow of the old ones, their leaves kaleidoscopes for the sun´s rays.

Transitioning back into relax mode on the Elaida Isabel, it was striking how quickly the day passed.  Returning to to Argentina 12 hours later, this is surely the shortest amount of time I´ve ever spent in one country.