Sometimes the strangest...
Sometimes, the strangest things happen. I was shopping in the market when all of a sudden a high school band started marching by. Everybody stopped and went out to watch and cheer. After that, they went back to their respective business.
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We were arriving in the ancient district, we went through Puerta de Campo (the main gate) and suddenly began a militar parade: some guys dressed like Portuguese soldiers of the colonial times paraded along the main street playing drums... We do not know exactly what it was, but probably was something like a typical militar manoeuvre of the ancient times.
Estábamos llegando al barrio antiguo, atravesamos la Puerta de Campo, y de pronto comenzó un desfile militar: algunos hombres vestidos como soldados portugueses de la colonia desfilaron por la calle principal tocando redoblantes... No sabemos exactamente qué era, pero probablemente se tratara de una maniobra militar propia de la época antigua.
Los Fuegos del Sacramento
Before, during or after visiting Colonia del Sacramento, you can read anything about this charming place. An excellent novel is "Los Fuegos del Sacramento" ("The Fires of the Sacrament") by Uruguayan writer Alejandro Paternain; I do not know if it has an English version, but if you can read Spanish, look for it.
Antes, durante o después de visitar Colonia del Sacramento, pueden leer algo acerca de este lugar encantador. Una excelente novela es "Los Fuegos del Sacramento" del escritor uruguayo Alejandro Paternain.
Well, it's pretty likely that you'll be visiting Colonia del Sacramento from Buenos Aires or Montevideo so maybe it's more accurate to think of Colonia as the off the beaten path location. You can get to Buenos Aires by ferry in around three hours or less than one hour if you take the faster ferry. To get to Montevideo, you can take a bus for around $8 US.
I shot this photo of Buenos Aires from the front of the ferry when I was returning in the evening from Colonia.
This spot we came across by chance, as those little treasures that remain untouched waiting to be discovered by someone. I don't know what it used to be, though I assume it might have been a hiding place during the times of the Colony, when invasions overruled the city.
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