Uruguay Capital

Trip Start Jan 10, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

We arrived in Montevideo mid afternoon, got on a local bus and headed downtown to check into an older hotel.
Then we hit the streets for some sightseeing. We had the one evening to spend here and we intended to make the most of it.
We wandered around town. It was a beautiful warm Friday afternoon. The city has a slight Buenos Aires feel to it, in that it has some older colonial style buildings. People also seem to be relatively relaxed even though they all must have been at work or just coming back from it. None of the rush rush, hustle and bustle that you see in north America. The main square (Plaza Independecia) is beautifully lined with palm trees and has a couple of very nice buildings off to one side of it. Unfortunately the other 2 + sides are surrounded by mid 80's style, kinda modern, kinda communist style buildings which leave a lot to be desired. While we were discussing their lack of appeal, we bumped into a polish couple, in Uruguay for an extended long weekend (6 days).
We spent the rest of the evening walking the streets, enjoying the old town which has a wonderfully renovated main strip with nice buildings, shops and cafes.
A lady at an information both had told us that there is a parade in town, so we went to check that out and it turned out to be the final preparations for Carnival. So we joined into the big party on the street with the folks beautifully dressed up in their shiny fancy costumes. Incredible music was blasting from the dozens of drummers walking along in their costumes. All the drums had their final preps done on the street which meant little fires here and there as the drummers stretched and tuned to their drums to the heat. Right downtown. AWESOME!
Our bus to BA was leaving at 7, so wake up was needed at 6 am. We got back to the hotel around 2, quite happy with what we got out of Montevideo in such a short time.
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