Irregular Posts; Colonia to Buenas Aires

Monday Dec 19 2011, Hola que tal? Bright and warm this morning in Colonia.  Not a cloud in the sky.  Last night Orion was on the horizon as we headed up to our room at the hostel.   At breakfast we shared a table with two guys who were bicycling about.  These mid thirty year old guys, Luke and James, had met at a marathon near Mendoza, Argentina.  They decided to bike together in Argentina and Uruguay. James was originally from Atlanta, Georgia but had been living in San Paulo Brazil for ten years.  He no longer had an Atlanta accent; it had become Brazilianized.  Luke was from Belgium and spoke unaccented English.  I had met Luke Sunday PM as he was trying to peel a potato with a broken peeler.  “Just wash the skin.”  They had finished an easy 30 km ride.  Today they were off to Montevideo for the holiday.  “Visiting with some guys we met at the marathon in Mendoza.”  After that they would go their separate ways.  James back to work and Luke to continue his 4 month travel. An older lady from Seward, Alaska joined us.  Turns out she was originally from Peabody Massachusetts and had been in Seward for 25 years.  Now she was a safety officer at a fish plant.  Two months unemployed in winter so she travels.  She was biking a bit and then would join a friend for a Holland America cruise from Buenas Aires to the Antarctica waters for a week or so.  They do not land as the ship is much too big and there are a thousand people...

Irregular Posts; Colonia del Sacremento, Uruguay

Saturday, Dec 17 2011 Buenas Dias. After a breakfast of coffee, juice, and breads with toppings at the hostel in Colonia, we ventured out.  Last night was heavy showery, and windy but today opened warm and sunny.  I wore a jacket in case the rain and wind blew in.  But it was soon obvious that it was not needed.  It was too early for any of the museos or businesses to be open.  Those in the Barrio Historico open at 11:15A.  The first high speed ferry from Buenas Aires arrives about that time.  There were a few folks about.  All live or had overnighted here. Thin high clouds filtered the sunlight and made it gentle.  The breeze was warm.  Old buildings of rough natural stone or of colored stucco had nice texture.  Old stone streets from the 1690s were basically deserted.  These are not smooth cobbles, but very uneven stone.  They are not for folks with walking issues. Colonia was founded by the Portuguese from Rio de Janero in 1690 to keep an eye on the Spanish in Buenas Aires.  Old Portuguese architecture is of rough stone and slanted red tile roofs, while  Spanish roofs are flat. Last night we photographed a red 1947 Studebaker on a colonial stone street.  The rain gave it a shine that reflected the colored stucco buildings nearby. Today it sat in gentle sunlight.  Again we spent a few dozen images on the subject.  An Argentinian photog, a French woman, and Meg and I shot it from many angles.  A local friendly cat supervised our work. Lunch was in a little cheese and wine...

Irregular Posts; Boston to Uruguay

Friday Dec 16 2011, Away from the cold New England, we flew south.  Three packs; one of 15 pounds for cold weather stuff for Antarctica was checked in, Meg carried her usual 22 pounds, and I carried the typical 30 pounds.  For me, eleven pounds are camera kit, small computer, and associated electronic support.  The rest was the usual travel light stuff. Dallas was the layover on the way to Argentina.  The airport was comfortable and well laid out.   But the Dallas to Buenas Aires flight was a frustration.  It was to depart soon after 9 PM but didn’t take off until after 11, which pushed the airmeal supper to after midnight.  The 10 hour flight went OK but the arrival had us sitting on the tarmac for 30 minutes while they repositioned the gates since we were 2 hours late arriving. After trying to get some cash at the cajero automatico (ATM), we caught a shuttle into the city.  The V&S Hostal was convenient to services and we were HUNGRY by now.  They recommended an old local restaurant “Almacen y Restaurante” a few blocks away on the side street Suipacha.  Argentinian steak and wine for two please.  Meg had lomo and I had ojo con pancetta medium rare, fresh bread, and a bottle of Malbec.  Very nice thank you very much. Walking toward the obelisk on Avenida 19th de Julio, we came upon a demonstration.  Hundreds of folks singing and waving banners and flags.  All in the same red and blue colors.  Was it Occupy Buenas Aires?  No.  It was a demonstration by Futbol Club San Lorenzo.  They...