Trip Start Nov 30, 2008
10Trip End Jan 28, 2009
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When arriving in Montevideo the bus station was packed with people heading out of town on holiday. It was the 30th and I had bad feeling things around town were going to be closing down so I mad sure I got a ticket out for the 1st and then headed out to see what I could before things shut down until after the New Year.
I am currently sitting in the lobby of the Days Inn Montevideo catching up on my blog. I really haven't got much choice because the city has turned into a ghost town. Every place is closed and has been since early yesterday afternoon. I couldn't even get a bus out until 11:30 tonight as even the buses have stopped running. I checked out of the hotel at noon and was hoping to go see a movie or two to help kill some time, but even they are closed. At least I found 1 restaurant that was open (after 2 hours of walking around) so I am not dying of hunger. I really chose the wrong time to come to Montevideo, if there ever is a right time time?
I went around to a couple of places last night that were listed in the guide book as "happening and cool places". Unfortunately they were either closed or completely dead. "Come on, this is New Year's Eve!" After an hour or so searching around in vain for a place to hangout I gave up and went back to the hotel and raided the mini bar. Lesson learned ---DON'T COME TO MONTEVIDEO AROUND THE NEW YEAR!