Uruguay is South America’s best-kept secret, especially the quaint town of Colonia, just an hour ferry ride away from Buenos Aires. As BA can be loud and bustling, I craved an escape, only one hour away is the perfect getaway from city life. Colonia del Sacramento is a city in the southwest part of the country and is renowned for its historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a laid back vibe and buildings from the Portuguese era. You can get there in just under an hour on the ferry, and it’s not too expensive. I still needed to pass immigration and security, so I’m glad I arrived with plenty of time before departure.
One of the most distinctive fashion trends I’ve noticed living in Argentina over the last two months has been the platform shoe. Porteñas love their platform shoes! They fill store windows, with a variety of designs and styles. Chunky wedges, platform boots, sneakers, as well as Birkenstock style sandals, have fused brick-like platforms into their designs. So in homage to everyone’s favorite platform-sporting 90s girl band, I give you five styles of zapatos de plataforma to spice up your life:
- Simon Miller: Leather Slingback Platform Clogs
- Stella McCartney: Elyse Lace-up Platform Shoes
- Prada: Embellished Leather Derby Shoes
- Gucci: Peggy Platform Sneakers
- Mui Mui: Glitter Crisscross Platform Slingback Sandals
You know that famous John Muir quote? The wines are calling and I must go. No? Well, I think if he had said something along those lines, he would have been referring to Mendoza, Argentina. The Mendoza province sits in the western-central region of Argentina in the Andes. It is home to Argentina’s most famous wine, the mouthwatering Malbec, world-class dining, and stunning views. Since I love wine and was going to be living in Argentina for two months, I knew Mendoza was going to be a destination that I couldn’t miss. To add icing to the cake, myself and eight other Remote Year ladies made plans from Córdoba for a lovely girls weekend getaway – making it one of the best sidetrips I’ve had this year!
Month 5 of Remote Year has brought me to Córdoba, a city smack dap in the middle of Argentina and in the beautiful foothills of the Sierras. Córdoba is a city of more than a million people – the second largest in the country, and just about everyone you meet prides the city and loves its people. There is a 90’s modern cityscape contrasted with some colonial monuments and centuries-old cathedrals. It’s also a very young and loud population due to its university with students from all over the world.