A whole new country
Trip Start Apr 17, 2006
44Trip End Jun 14, 2006
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Montevideo is a city of some three million, located on the River Plate, and with beaches all along its coastline, right in the heart of the city. Having arrived in the dark, I was rather taken aback when I looked out the window of Pablo's tall apartment building in the centre of town the next morning to see a beach and a palm tree
Pablo sat me down the night I arrived with a pen and paper and told me to prove that we were related, otherwise he'd be charging board and lodging. We managed to work out that we were third cousins, and had the same great great grandparents. Quite impressive, huh? His Parents, Pedro and Eva, took us all out for lunch the next day and Pedro was able to fill in the blanks. It's quite interesting so here goes: my Mum's Grandad, Arthur, and Pablo's Dad's Grandma, Sabina, were brother and sister in Switzerland. Arthur came to England and married, and had my Gran, who had my Mum, who had me. Sabina had Pablo's Gran, Cecily (this is my Gran's cousin - confused yet?), who married a German, Charles, and being Jewish they were forced to flee Europe in the 30s, and came to Uruguay, owing to that being the only place prepared to have them at the time. They had Pedro and Anita (who I will be meeting in Buenos Aires, back in Argentina), and Pedro had Pablo. Fascinating stuff.
I also went to the movies to see the Da Vinci Code with Pablo and his girlfriend, Sylvia, thinking I would have no problems as it was in English with Spanish subititles
Pablo deserves a MASSIVE shout out here for being such a kind host, insisting I make myself totally at home, offering me unlimited assistance with the remains of my journey, giving over his whole weekend to me despite recovering from his ironman triathlon (which, by the way, he completed in around 12h50m, astonishingly almost the exact same time as last year), and refusing ever to let me contribute to expenses. I don't feel a mere thank you is enough, but I can at least say in the presence of these many witnesses that Pablo, you have an open invitation to visit us in England whenever you wish!
Miles munched: While Pablo was at work on Monday, I went around Montevideo on my bike, to snap some photos. Somehow I managed to cycle about 30 miles. Taking photos. How?