Ferry across to Uruguay

Trip Start Mar 09, 2009
Trip End Aug 04, 2009

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

A VERY early rise set me on my path to get to Urugauy today. A three hour ferry and I was transported from the bustling buenos Aires to a laid back South American neighbour in Montevideo. The usual search for a cash point to get some local cureency, a guessing of the exchange rate and a successful hunt for change (fluttering your eyelashes at the local bank cashiers) meant I was soon set up for action. This city steps down a gear from BA and has  heaps of beaches to boot. Todayīs pretty stormy but that can only add to itīs characterof curmbling art deco buildings side by side with 1970s creations. The side roads to the beach from the life filled squares reminds me of the streets in Baz Luhrmanīs Romeo And Juliet...some of the facades looke like deacying theatres and come in a pretty mix of colours but are grubby like some of the wandering homeless, junkies and drunks that you always bump into. The architectuireīs a mismash of a time gone my and a 1970s Benidorm. But Montevideoīs no Spanish beach resort. The streets are scattered with little cafes and bars with decor to rival any major city. Thereīs several theatres and live music venues. Yes itīs no Buenos Aires but itīs well worth checking out. The sunnier the better as dull days donīt show it up to itīs best.
Iīm offically the only person from Europe around and English is nobodyīs forte here. But that can only help me learn the lingo more quickly. Iīm also one of only two girls in this hostel which is pretty empty, but itīs a good chance for me to catch up on reading, writing and learning and I have the luxury of my own room which probably wonīt be happening for a while again....Montevideo is my chill out zone for a day. Tomorrow Iīm off to nearby Colonia, the dreaded backpack will be hoisted again.
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