Trip Start Jan 2003
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Two more days in uruguay's capital and while it lacks any 'must-sees' or 'must-dos', it's inexpensive shopping has kept us entertained. Perhaps too well entertained. It may only be October but the life of a backpacker necessitates early purchasing of Christmas presents. Unfortunately the Uruguayan Postal Service have had the audacity to go on an indefinite strike (although no-one has seemed to notice) and the only way to prevent the carriage of excess baggage in the form of useless items has been to succumb to the extortionate world of DHL. On the positive side, at least this parcel might actually make it home.
montevideo was probably in its prime thirty or forty years ago. While many buildings, particularly in the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) maintain their charm, their protection and restoration seem low on the list of priorities
It's been difficult to make sense of the fact that Montevideo is not part of Argentina because the similarities are so strong. Indeed to describe our time in Uruguay I would say it's "Argentina's little brother". I deliberated for a while over which metaphorical gender a country should take but then decided that any country that eats more red meat per head than Argentina had to be masculine!