U are gay. (Uruguay)
Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
99Trip End May 07, 2008
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Got to Monty at about 9 o clock on Saturday morning and straight away we could feel that Monty was going to be a good place to us. Most things we had read and heard were that Uruguay was a boring place but we were willing to give the capital a try. Its a very European looking city with lots of colonial looking buildings and some great architecture around the main plazas. We found a nice little hotel called the casablanca with two funny old ladys running the place. We told one of the little ladys (about 75 years old) we were from Ireland. To this she replied in spanish "not the north eh" and made a gun shape with her hands and a couple of gunshot sounds. We fell around laughing. Conor wanted to give her a high five for her efforts but he thought he might break her hand in all the excitement. She said she´d have the room cleaned up for us so we headed out for ham and cheese sambo (every sambo is ham & cheese!) and left the bags with her. Smoking ban is in over here too Annie!
In the space of about 10 blocks along the main street there is at least 4 McDonalds. We haven´t eaten any McD´s since being away so when presented with this many we just had to. It´s the same everywhere in the world. Tastes good and is shite for you. The city itself is small enough to walk around and we found it really safe. In one area if you look down one street you can see the beach and if you look down the street opposite you can see the port where the ferry takes you to Buenos Aires. Such a cool city. Loads and loads of clothes shops, plaza´s, architecture and shops called TuGays!! Loads of cinema`s, theatres and pubs. We´re still trying to get used to the eating late scenario though. Conor ended up stuffing an enormoous steak down his gob at about 10.30 the first night before we hit the bar areas to wind away the hours drinking and people watching. There was of course the usual Irish bar that most major cities in the world seem to have. And it was of course packed to the rafters with a live band belting out the tunes till the wee hours. After a few tipples and the wine from din we walked home, in a straight line of course!
Travelling is all about seeing as much as you can in the short space of time you have and trying to suck in as much from the place as you can and cram all the memories into your brain and then try to do it justice by puttin it into words in this blog and put up amateur photos! One of the best ways to do it justice in South America is to share an experience with the locals and what do South Americans love most? - FOOOOOTBAAAALLLLL of course! We went to see Uruguay play Chile in a World Cup Qualifier match today.WOW! It was brilliant! Lou got her face painted in the the blue and white colours and Conor bought a dodgy hat! The build up walking down to the stadium was class, you could hear the roar from the stadium for miles. In Conor´s best spainish we managed to get two tickets in a decent seating area and headed into the game. The South Americans really know how to build up an atmosphere to a game. We were in the Mexican Waves, throwing the confetti, saw the fireworks and heard the screamers,rockets and bangers go off and all the toilet roll streamers! Every time the Chilean supporters sang a song the Uruguayans sang louder better and faster. Every time the ref messed up they would sing "Hijo da Puta" over and over, sorry Mammies but it means "Son of a bitch"!! Soy Celeste and U Ahh U Ahh Guy with intense clapping were the songs of the match. We saw the best dives, tackles and rolls from every player, especially in the peno box. When U R Gay scored in first half the crowd went mental, second half Chile scored then scored again and 7 mins before the end Uruguay sent home a cracker and the final score was 2-2. That was Lou´s best football analysis lads! After sore hands and lost voices we ventured round the town again. All in all Montevideo is worth the visit for the laid back people and the city itself is really nice. Out for another muther trucker steak, fish for Luisa, flies for Kermie, dos cervesa grande and some zzzz`s before Beunhos Hareez and the tango dancing tommorow... cant wait!