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The first time we visited Uruguay was via neighboring Argentina, it was no coincidence that the Portuguese founded their southernmost city exactly there: Colonia del Sacramento is the closest point to Buenos Aires on the other side of the River Plate. at various times by boats (buckets) from three companies.

Buquebus is the most traditional. It has fast boats (1 hour crossing) and slow boats (3 hours) and therefore offers more timetables; all bouquets carry cars. There are also fast shuttles to Montevideo (3h)

1. Colonia Express is its most traditional competitor. It only operates with fast boats and does not load cars. The service, however, is quite unstable. The company usually cancels operations at the last minute. We went for this one, because we like to pay cheap!

2.Seacat has compact and fast catamarans and does not carry cars.

3.Colonia is a small colonial city, on the water's edge, founded by the Portuguese, a UNESCO heritage site, populated by inns and restaurants and galleries... If you're in Buenos Aires or Montevideo, don't miss it!

What to do in Cologne?

Walk, photograph, have a coffee or a glass of wine in the sun. By purchasing just one ticket you can visit all of the city's museums -- that is, as long as there aren't a group of schoolchildren inside, at which point the tourist is asked to wait. We rented a golf cart and saw the whole city.

Master's degree in Uruguay?

Yes, you heard that right! Master's degree in Uruguay.

Due to its modular teaching model, I applied for a master's degree in education at the Universidad de La Empresa, which has three centers: one in the center of Montevideo, one in the Pocitos neighborhood and another in Colônia. The student has to go to Uruguay 5 times for 4 modules of 13 days each and once again to defend their dissertation. The program is taught by some Brazilian professors from Federal and PUC, but the vast majority are Uruguayans. The cultural and philosophical exchange makes the course worthwhile, which must be presented in accordance with CAPES standards so that it can be validated within 180 days after its completion in Brazil.

The month of July is generally colder due to low temperatures reaching 2 degrees, but the dulce de leche, the Uruguayan parrilla and the European style of the city of Montevideo make it worth the stay for studying. If you have any questions about what I spent two years studying in Uruguay, just ask in the comments.

What to eat?

Starting with the name parrilla, which is that base with iron strips where the meat is placed to roast, it is also what we call restaurants that sell meat a la parrilla, the side dishes are reduced, usually rice, fries, boniato (the orange sweet potato and delicious locals) or a basic salad.

I suggest eating at Parrilla Trouville and the Pollo y Curry (Chicken with curry) sandwich at Camélia cafeteria, both are in the Pocitos region.

Also eat the traditional sweet milk McFlurry called lapataya with broken oreo cookies.

Uruguay was a country that welcomed me very well as a student, and welcomed us as a couple when we were tourists, the cuisine, architecture and warmth are worth the trip that we already paid R$550 round trip with taxes leaving SP.


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