So quiet but watching our backs

Trip Start Oct 15, 2012
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Trip End May 17, 2013


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Museo del carnival

Flag of Uruguay  , Montevideo Department,
Monday, May 6, 2013

Overview:
Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and has an interesting old town but is less visited than Colonia del Scaremento further around the coast. We found a pleasant albeit a little dead (strange for the weekend) town with a fabulous old town.

Our stay:
The first day we spent most of the day getting here, not arriving until around 5 and then it took around another hour before we found ourselves at our hostel (this was due to us asking for some information as well as having to wait in a long line for the taxi - the taxi only took about 10 minutes). So after settling into our hostel, relaxing, having dinner we had an early night.

The next day we decided to do a bit of exploring around the old town. We started at plaza Matriz which was near our hostel and which had a small but fabulous Saturday antiques market. I was surprised Gabriella did not buy anything......

We walked towards the mecardo del puerto where there are a number of Asado places. Surprisingly the town is dead and there really is no one around which you would not expect for a weekend (we would later find out this part of town is far more busy during the week). the old town is certainly nice with lots of 1920's styled buildings.

At the Mercado we walk around a bit but decide to have lunch at one of the other places the lonely planet recommends on the other side of town. We head towards to the port proper so we can find out about the direct boats to Buenos Aires (turns out there are not any you have to catch a bus to Colonia). After we briefly pass Museo del Carnaval which houses a number of costumes from past carnival celebrations and gives some of the history of the event, quite interesting and certainly very colourful.

We walk back towards our hostel and then towards the new town heading past the grand Tearto Solis on the way. We have lunch at a place called El Esquinazo which is the mecardo de la Abundancia and I had a nice tasty steak while gab had ok fish. We slowly make our way home stopping to get some groceries on the way for dinner.

Sunday Markets:
On Sunday we decide to head to Feria Tristan Narvaja a flea market which takes over a few blocks of the new town. On the way there we stop at the Teatro Solis and end up doing a tour which is interesting, we both enjoyed the fact they try to inject some music by having a couple of performers singing at certain points of the tour, and we both enjoyed the tour.

We continue towards the market. In honesty while we kind of knew that it was a flea market I think we were both hoping for something different, although I do manage to buy a converter plug (American) for my trip to Columbia and Ecuador. We stop at a random p,ace and have lunch which is fries and a platter. The platter is a weird selection but it is still good.

We decide to head to the. Us terminal to buy tickets for Punta del Diablo the next morning (we will be on our way just after 9am) and Gabriella also looks at buses going to Buenos Aires (turns out there are a few late in the evening that arrive early the following morning that would be perfect)

On our way home we decide to walk down to the waterfront and are pleasantly surprised that it actually a pretty nice waterfront which thankfully is not full of apartments in fact there is a lot of green which is a welcome change to most cities.

The Nitty Gritty:
Accommodation: Ciudad Vieja Hostel
: a really well set up hostel with reasonable sized spaces and massive bathrooms. The six bed dorm however is extremely cramped. It also has two kitchens which is helpful and includes breakfast
Cost: 280 pesos pp for a six bed dorm

Sights and Activities:
Museo del Carnival:
a small but interesting collection of costume from past carnivals along with some of the overall history of the event
Cost: 65 pesos pp

Teatro Solis: a small but grand theatre that is well worth a look. It is actually cheap to get tickets if there is something on that interests you however if not do a tour which you can do in English
Cost: 50 pesos pp in English (slightly cheaper in Spanish)

Getting There and Away:
We came from Tacuarembo. It approximately a five hour journey.
Cost: 523 pesos
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