Departamento de Montevideo

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  • Day13

    Montevideo, Uruguay

    December 22, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Really surprised how inviting this city is. Its clean, lots of beaches nice parks homes and attractions. The people are happy and well looked after by the state. Took a city tour starting in city centre/square.

  • Day37

    Montevideo, Uruguay/Addendum

    February 9, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅

    Okay, it stopped raining so we went out again.
    There is a big pedestrian mall that we walked down and saw many beautiful buildings that are definitely tattered. We are in the part of the world where meat is a mainstay and barbecue restaurants are extremely popular. Our guide yesterday told us that there are very few vegetarians here.
    Headed to Brazil tomorrow and will be there for the next 3 weeks in various ports including the Amazon!
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  • Day37

    Montevideo, Uruguay

    February 9, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅

    This was a short visit for us. It is thundering and lightning, but we went out anyway. We decided to come in after we decided that being soaked through to our underwear was enough to chase us back to the ship.

  • Day337

    Montevideo, Uruguay

    April 8, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅

    Uruguay is a small country with just over 3 million people, It’s known to tourists for its’ beautiful beaches and for hosting the world’s longest carnival (40 days).
    Originally, we’d planned to spend more time in Uruguay, but decided beaches weren’t how we wanted to spend our time away.
    We stayed in the old town of this capital city and were surprised by the endless wall of (mostly modern), high-rise condos lining the shoreline for miles on the way from the airport to our hotel. The historic center was much more charming with many pretty old colonial buildings and churches, though many are in disrepair. Overall, we enjoyed our time here and spent our few days walking through the city (though the dog poo is possibly worse here than in Argentina or Chile – we are so over it!).
    We also visited the cowboy museum and explored a much more inventive restaurant scene than what we encountered over the past few months, with a bigger focus on fresh ingredients (finally!). It was a brief, but enjoyable visit.
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  • Day20

    Winding Down

    December 17, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

    All good things come to an end...that's part of what makes them "good things", right? On our last day in Montevideo, it rained most of the morning and we used the downtime to pack and visit with Juliana and Augusto, her "brother" from her host family. Then we took another long walk around town and on the Rambla (got to get those steps in!) and Ubur-ed over to the original and still used football stadium (built in 1930 in just 40 days in time for the first World Cup) and museum celebrating the world's favorite sport.

    OK, World Cup fans. Who scored the winning goal in the historic 1950 Uruguay-Brazil match? Did you guess Uruguay's Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia? He's another national hero.

    Tonight we head home. It's been a whirlwind 20 days for us. We're grateful we could make this once-in-a-lifetime trip. We appreciate so much Juliana's willingness to plan a really interesting Montevideo itinerary and keep an eye on her often out of synch grandparents.

    And we're so honored by all of you who took the time to read this, look at the photos, and include your comments.
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  • Day18

    A Day Around Town

    December 15, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    We rambled on the Rambla today, which is "the avenue that goes all along the coastline of Montevideo, Uruguay, and also the longest continuous sidewalk in the world." (So sayeth the Wiki.)

    It was a lovely day in this European-feeling city, probably near 75° with definitely enough UV for a sunburn. Hard to believe it's a week before Christmas. Caught a parrot building a nest in a palm tree, walked through a memorial to revered national hero José Gervasio Artigas, self-toured the Teatro Solis opera house, enjoyed casual meals outdoors, and, dare I say, visited a shopping mall. Julie accomplished 12,494 fitness steps!

    Most importantly, it was time spent with Juliana.
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  • Day17

    On the River of Silver

    December 14, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    Imagine the common air traveler: Getting to the airport early after a so-so night's sleep waiting for the alarm to sound, waiting in line at the airport to check in, waiting in a security queue, waiting to board the plane then sitting back down to wait another hour when the flight is delayed, waiting...waiting... It doesn't matter where you travel, it's pretty much the same. And I do know...it could be worse. 😏

    But we made it to Montevideo, Uruguay (yay!), a broad city of nearly 1.5 million people on the Río de la Plata (River of Silver)--the widest river in the world--and we are grateful. We were welcomed into the temporary home of our granddaughter, Juliana, who is on a university exchange here. Wonderful to see her after four months away from Corvallis. We caught up over wine and dinner, then dropped hard into slumber, all content.

    Our photo of the day is a downtown Montevideo restaurant recommendation from a fellow flyer.
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  • Day19

    First Tango in Uruguay

    December 16, 2018 in Uruguay ⋅ ☀️ 86 °F

    In yesterday's "footprint"--that's FindPenguins speak for "blog entry"--I included a photo of Palacio Salvo. Today we toured that same ornate 30-story building, constructed in just five years and completed in 1928. Afterward, in the ground floor Tango Museum, we learned about the somewhat unseemly origins of this sultry dance and its first composer (his sister helped, but wanted no credit), Uruguayan Matos Rodriguez.

    At a restaurant for lunch, I finally had the chance to use my most practiced Spanish phrase: "¿Dónde está el baño?" I was very proud. 😊

    The day was very warm, probably mid-80s. For our finishing flurry, we headed back to the Rambla to watch the sunset and dip our toes in the river. I thought there'd be just a few observers, but the area was thronged with people riding carnival rides, browsing the wares of craft vendors, wiggling their behinds to some catchy Carnival-style drumming, and lined up at McDonald's for a late-night beef fix.
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