Week 9— Street Art and Colonia, Uruguay

Welcome back to my blog! A couple weekends ago, March 31- April 2, I went on a couple excursions with ISA, my study abroad company.

20170331_101918Friday we went on a street art tour, in which we walked around the Coghlan neighborhood of Buenos Aires and looked at graffiti and different kinds of street art. It was actually more informative than I was expecting, and I now know the names of different types of graffiti.

Our tour guide was a lot of fun, and she analyzed the art for us.

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This is a very famous street art in Buenos Aires in which only two guys painted it, and it took only two weeks.

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This one above was made by a couple from the U.S. about their travels and all the animals they’ve encountered.

These are made by a street art group called Primo, and they’re some of my favorites, especially the guy playing the tuba.

And, here are all the others we saw during our tour.

 

In the eveni20170331_202134ng, I had a tango performance for my class, and here’s a quick photo of me and my dance partner, Dino. We had a lot of fun, despite the fact that I messed up a lot.

There’s definitely a video out there somewhere of my performance, but there’s no way I’m about to show it. Sorry.

The next morning, I woke up at 6 a.m. to meet ISA at the Buquebus station, which might sound like a bus station, but it was really a station for boats. We crossed Rio de la Plata and docked at Colonia, Uruguay around 11 a.m.

Colonia, Uruguay

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Colonia was beautiful. I would definitely move there if it didn’t cost $500,000 for a one-bedroom apartment. Everything was antique and colorful. The buildings were beautiful, and colorful pink trees were spruced around the town.

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Our tour guide was very intelligent and funny, and she told us the best stories about the town. Stray dogs roamed around the streets, and the townspeople call the public dogs. They all have names, and the people make sure to take the dogs to the vet to get shots.

Everyone was super friendly and the atmosphere felt different. It shocked me this town was only an hour’s boat ride from Buenos Aires.

After our tour, we had free time to explore. I went with my friend Christina to walk around, go to some weird museums and climb a lighthouse. It was a great day, and I would love to explore more of Uruguay. I think it has a lot to offer.

Here’s a slideshow of my experience in Colonia with some captions.

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Thanks for reading my blog about Uruguay!

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