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After a week in Buenos Aires getting the motorcycles sorted out and
arranging the sale of the motorcycles we finally handed over the
keys... and it was a sad day indeed. Nothing worse than watching someone
drive off with your motorcycle. The sale of a motorcycle in a foreign
country, especially Argentina, is a bit difficult and a "shade of gray"
This is how it went down. The sale of the motorcycle needed to happen between
borders in the "no-man's land." This is easily done between Argentina and
Uruguay since there is a passenger ferry that runs between the two
countries. We met the buyers at the ferry docks, purchased tickets for the
same ferry and got our passports stamped out of Argentina and into Uruguay.
Melissa and I went through customs and drove the motorcycles onto the
ferry, canceling our temporary import papers for Argentina. The ferry
between Buenos Aires took about 1 hour, giving us time to sign the titles
over to the new owners and exchange a bit of cash. Once we landed in
Colonia the new owners drove the motorcycles off the ferry and received
temporary import papers for Uruguay in their name. Now they are free to
travel between countries with proper paperwork in their names.
Melissa sold her motorcycle to an Australian and I sold mine to a guy from
Seattle... no kidding. Looks like I will be seeing El Higo back in Seattle
later this summer. I was even able to swap my duffel bag for the hiking
backpack he was using to travel with. So it is official we are now
Colonia is a beautiful colonial town. Very small and only took about 30
minutes to walk the town in total. Our first night we decided to try out
the "Parrilla libre" a barbequed meal which consisted of three different
types of sausage, steak, pork, chicken and some other interesting parts of
the cow. Oh and did I mention it was an all you can eat meal for $15 and
only served meat... delicious! After we had definitely had our fill of meat
and looked forward to some veggies for the next few days. That was until we
found out that they were having an "Asado" which again is a meat heavy
barbeque consisting of different cuts of beef and chorizo, similar to the
meal we had in Buenos Aires with the "Norms". Again delicious.
We spent another night relaxing and planning our trip up the coast of
Uruguay and trying to decide which beach to visit first.