South America Trip – Part 13: Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Tuesday, 1 April:

We woke up, got ready, and took a cab to the Buquebus terminal in the Puerto Madera district of Buenos Aires, arriving about an hour early, as recommended by our ticket agent. Customs control was fast and efficient, with an Argentine officer stamping us out right next to the Uruguayan who stamped us in, a huge improvement over our experience going from Argentina to Chile via bus!

As is so often the case, having arrived at the designated time, we spent over 30 minutes waiting around as the ferry arrived and docked. Eventually we were allowed to board and made our way through a set of convoluted corridors on the second level of the under-rennovation Buquebus building.

Not only did it have an upstairs VIP lounge, but there was a (large) duty-free shop, and many, many rows and columns of seats, which were spacious and comfortable, at least by US airline standards.

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South America Trip – Part 12: BsAs’ Sunday markets and other diversions

Saturday, 29 March:

A Peregrine Falcon got the day off to a good start as it flew close overhead while I had coffee on the terrace of our apartment. Although I’ve seen Peregrines a number of times before, this one provided good looks.

After a light breakfast we all walked to Avenida Santa Fe and caught the Subte green line to downtown Buenos Aires, an area also referred to as “microcentro.”

Microcentro (downtown)

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South America Trip – Part 11: To Buenos Aires

Thursday, 27 March:

We woke up ungodly-early and caught a pair of cabs to the Punta Arenas airport, careening wildly in the light rain. I’m not sure, but we think the cabs may have been racing each other the 5 miles to the airport. If so, Jim & Diane’s driver won, but only barely. Once boarded we had a 1.75-hour flight north to Puerto Montt, and another 1.5 hours to Santiago de Chile, where we had a too-long 3-hour layover and ate a terrible meal at the airport’s Ruby Tuesdays. Fortunately the last leg of our many-hop day was only one hour from Santiago to Buenos Aires, and on a comfy plane with personal seat-back entertainment to boot.

At Ezeia (Buenos Aires’ international airport) we contracted a Manuel Tiendes car for AR$125 to our apartment for the next week and a half. This was a fine arrangement, especially for 4 of us, although we had to help the driver find where we were staying – a good thing S & I had studied the local maps beforehand!

View from the back window of our apartment

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Hey, where did all of the food-related posts go?

If you were asking the question above, fret not! I have moved all of the food-related content from this blog to a new blog: Eating With Adam This should allow me to keep this blog more photography and nature focused, and I’ll no longer have to worry about the flow of interspersing restaurant reviews with…

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South America Trip – Part 10: Pelagic, Penguins, and farewell to Patagonia

Tuesday, March 25 (continued):

We’d arrived a bit early for our 4:30pm departure from the Punta Arenas docks, and milled around at the end of the road in the wind for a bit before they started letting folks board. The ship, a re-purposed auto ferry, was large and of a 1960’s vintage. We sat down in hard plastic chairs and steeled ourselves for the ~2-hour ride along the Straits of Magellan to Isla Magdalena, seasonal home to a colony of thousands of Magellanic Penguins. Although we were much too late in the season to see any young, we were assured that the adults were still plentiful.

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One of those weeks

Sorry it’s been so quiet here for the past week+.   I managed to get a case of acute tendonitis in my right hand early last week, which required me to minimize typing and especially mousing, and then picked up a 48-hour flu’ish bug mid-week, uggh!   I’m feeling much better now, though, and hope to resume…

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