Uruguay
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.

  • Day22

    Day 20 - Not Punta del Este

    Yesterday in Uruguay ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    It seemed like a nice day as we pulled into the Punta del Este harbor and anchored about 7:00. Punta del Este is known as the St. Topaz of South America for it's long, pristine beaches and is a getaway for rich (and not so rich) Uruguans and Argentunes. The sun was out, although the forecast high was only 71. I had just gotten my tender ticket (another port without a pier long enough for the Eclipse) when the captain announced that the port was closed because of a deteriorating weather forecast after noon. That meant another sea day - bummer.

    Gail was not feeling well so I visited the Medical Center and got some patent medicine for her. She nursed a sore throat and headache in the room most of the day. I read a book I'd picked up in the Library and wandered around the decks.

    The Eclipse streamed up the Rio de la Plata to our next port Montevideo, Uruguay, as the weather closed in and the water got somwhat rougher. The Rio de la Plata (Silver River) separates Argentina and Uruguay and is about 20 miles wide at Montevideo. The captain announced we'd arrive about 7:00 PM and passengers would be free to disembark and return overnight and until we sailed next afternoon.

    Later, the captain announced that another ship was in the berth assigned to us and we'd now dock at 9:30 PM. In the evening, I went to the show (that they'd put together today, since the performers originally schedule to board for tonight's show couldn't board). The show was a variety of acts from the performance troupe and the violinist. Good, especially given the short notice. Gail and I had a light dinner in the buffet, rather than go to the restaurant.

    Into Montevideo tomorrow.
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  • 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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  • 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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You might also know this place by the following names:

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