Report 4th of November

Report 4th of November
By Robert

Today we drive from Luján (Argentina) to Salto (Uruguay) via the border crossing at Paysandú.

In the morning we say goodbye to Marcelo, Diego and the other people in the SOS Children’s Village in Luján.

01 Checking the route

01 Checking the route

02 Trudy, Marcelo and Dirk saying goodbye in Luján

02 Trudy, Marcelo and Dirk saying goodbye in Luján

03 Goodbye in Luján

03 Goodbye in Luján

Diego helps us getting out of town. It has been raining heavily over the last days, and the centre of Luján has been flooded. We are lucky though, as the weather is clear and sunny today.

04 Floodings en route

04 Floodings en route

On the way we pass the Rio Paraná on two enormous bridges.

05 Bridge over Rio Paraná

05 Bridge over Rio Paraná

06 Waiting for 2nd bridge over Rio Paraná

06 Waiting for 2nd bridge over Rio Paraná

07 Crossing Rio Paraná

07 Crossing Rio Paraná

The delta of the river is beautiful, a wetland full of birds. The T-Ford scares a stork on the side of the road. It flies of in panic and hits a powerline. Feathers fly around in the air, but the stork manages to make a safe landing.

08 Delta of Rio Paraná

08 Delta of Rio Paraná

We stop for lunch at one of the many Parrillas.

09 Wouter at Parrilla

09 Wouter at Parrilla

We cross the river Uruguay at Colón. On the Uruguayan border the officials spend more time taking pictures of the cars than to deal with our papers. I think we are on quite a few facebook sites tonight.

10 Border crossing at Paysandú

10 Border crossing at Paysandú

11 Welcome to Uruguay

11 Welcome to Uruguay

12 Entering Uruguay

12 Entering Uruguay

We don’t know anything about Uruguay, but we like the country immediately. At dawn we drive through an area with beautiful palmtrees, and we are surprised to see a lit, tarmac running track between two villages. This seems a well organised country!

13 Palmtrees in Uruguay

13 Palmtrees in Uruguay

The SOS Children’s Village in Salto is hard to find. We have no adres, we only know that it is outside the city and that everybody knows it. It’s dark as we reach Salto, and after asking for directions four times, we reach the village. We are welcomed by Franco and have a good nights sleep in the guest house.

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