We were staying just a couple days in Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay, across the Rio Plate from Buenos Aires. The sunset on the first night was spectacular, all clouds and brilliance from the well-hidden sun. We watched from a picturesque little bar with tables outside.
The next day, we decided to take an organized tour of Colonia. It incorporated walking around the most historic areas of this tiny town — where we learned the different ways Spanish and Portugese colonists built roads — as well as a bus drive out to what was once going to be a bull-ring but is now just a relic of someone’s dream. It reminded us, in some way, of the grayed-wood cabins that liberally dot the American West.
That night, we decided to head back to the riverside taverna for another cerveza and hopefully another beautiful sunset. We weren’t disappointed.
Then I backed up and included some of the riverside rocks in the foreground instead.
and it went faster and faster….
Until plop, all of a sudden, it was gone.
Fini. The End. Can’t bring it back, can’t snap the shutter another time, can’t make time stop, can’t refocus, can’t have a do-over on the sunset.
Just a little bit like this series; even though every morning I’ve thought of something (usually brilliant, of course) that I should have written or needed to include in a previous post — once up they stayed the way they were.
Writing every day this month has been a challenge. Fun, but still a challenge. By last week, though, I realized I only had a few opportunities left within my self-defined deadline.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t write about the topics still banging around in my head.
We didn’t have a clear sunset the first night in Uruguay, but certainly did the next. As I remember it, those crystalline days were followed by heavy rain in Argentina. I’m an eternal optimist. Like Little Orphan Annie sings, “the sun’ll come up tomorrow, so you gotta hang on ’til tomorrow” — or realistically, maybe a few days after that, if there happens to be cloud cover.
I will likely be returning to subjects centered around trips here and there in blog posts to come, but for now, I will not be doing so every day. To you who have joined me on these adventures, I say THANK YOU for reading the series.
See you on down the road.
“Travel, voyage, and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” ~Seneca