Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Montevideo, Uruguay

Jan 3, 2013 - Montevideo, Uruguay

Today we have to pack and have cases ready for collection tonight. Made a start then decided to go to town first. Caught a free shuttle to a leather factory. This was handy as lynne wanted to check out the leather goods and it dropped us right at Independence Square between the old and new parts of the main city. From there we caught a tourisimo bus on a 2 1/2 hour trip around Montevideo with both Spanish and English commentary. It was good, what an impressive city. Uruguay is a welfare state. The streets are very clean. Monuments and parks...

Jump to full entry

Sep 16, 2012 - Entry 10 - Uruguay, Home Of The World Cup

Hola Otra Vez! (Hello Again)! This is just a quick installment to cover a few highlights from the last few days & Uruguay which was only a short 5 day stay. First things first, our last night in Buenos Aires truly ended on a high. The Tango lesson, dinner & show far exceeded any expectations we had. The truth is the only reason we were going was because it was included as part of our package that we had already paid for. So off we went & oh what a night it was! Both of us can now boast that we know the basic steps to Tango. Lauren took the...

Jump to full entry

Jun 20, 2012 - Montevideo

Après Colonia, nous avons passé 2 jours à Montevideo, la capitale de l'Uruguay. C'est une jolie ville au bord du Rio de la Plata d'environ 3 mio d'habitants, presque tous les uruguayens vivent à Montevideo. Saviez-vous que l'Uruguay est surnommée la Suisse de l'Amérique ? Les raisons sont sa tranquillité, sa petite taille et son secret bancaire. C'est à Montevideo que nous avons fait notre première expérience de couchsurfing. Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas le couchsufing c'est un réseau mondial de voyageurs qui permet d'aller dormir...

Jump to full entry

Feb 12, 2012 - An Unexpected Change

We are back in Uruguay. After spending the Christmas holidays in Montevideo, we realized that this was where we wanted and needed to be. We spent hours discussing the pros and cons. Would we be sending the kids the wrong message? Living in Tbilisi was tough but life lessons were learned. Were we teaching the kids that you could quit when things got tough? The boys had been struggling with the cultural barriers in Georgia but there was value in experiencing exclusion. Life isn’t always fair. Graham had asked to return to Uruguay for his...

Jump to full entry

Feb 6, 2012 - Montevideo

6th February Travel by car this morning to Montevideo. We have a driver and a guide. The driver does not say much but we find out that his English is pretty good and he is better informed than the guide (in some ways). She is Uruguayan but of German parents, her English is pretty good and we assume that is why she has been selected to look after us. We get some maps and a little background into Uruguay and its history. As suspected, it has been a bit of a ping pong ball between Argentina and Brazil and most of the time just keeps its head...

Jump to full entry

Jan 25, 2012 - Montevideo, Uruguay

We are on our own in Montevideo. Although only 600 Km across the Plata River from Buenos Aires, it is quite a different country. We walk away from the pier and immediately encounter street vendors. Many streets are set aside for pedestrian traffic only. We walk to the center of town passing parks with fountains and statutes. One park was full of street vendors selling antiques: silverware, glassware, leather, books and metal items. Many beautiful buildings in eclectic style outline the streets. After exploring the city, we are ready for a...

Jump to full entry

Oct 31, 2011 - Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo

Aft breakfast today we decided to bus it to the Ciudad Vieja (old city) of Montevideo. It didn't take long to get there and the ride there was half the fun. Entertainers seem to ride on the buses for free and a man and a woman declaimed, played and sang to the passengers for most of the journey. Overacting is putting it mildly, but it drew rapturous applause from the passengers. Later on the bus back had a traveller on board who tried to sell pens that doubled as torches and what we think were diaries. While we had a map, we really had no...

Jump to full entry

Oct 30, 2011 - A slow bus to Montevideo

After sleeping in, courtesy of Valium and a cold and flu tablet, I emerged from our room in Colonia for breakfast at about 0830. Breakfast was typical apart from some of the sweet spreads. These included squares of quince paste that were not overly sweet, and a sweet brown paste ubiquitous in South American cooking called 'dulce du leche'. It is made by boiling down milk and sugar. It is often used as a filling in cakes. The Posada was able to reserve us seats on the 1045 bus to Montevideo and a taxi to take us to the Bus Station, so it was...

Jump to full entry

Mar 22, 2011 - Adios Uruguay

We enjoyed the cultural offerings in Montevideo. I went to Teatro Solis, their national opera house built in the classic European style to watch, of all things, the digital broadcast of Lucia di Lammermoor from the Met in New York City. The theater is a gorgeous venue and soprano Natalie Dessay was fabulous as Lucia. The next night we saw 'Una Mujer Justa' de Sandor Marai! The Mexican film Biutiful was too tragic for us, but Allen practiced Spanish in the absence of subtitles :). To complete the round of the arts, we stepped into the...

Jump to full entry

Mar 19, 2011 - Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo is the third national capital we've visited on this journey; Buenas Aires and Santiago being the first two. Montevideo is similar to BA. The cultures of Argentina and Uruguay are closer in personality than either is to Chile; the former two are more Italian, while Chile has a more German & English influence. Uruguay has by far the most pronounced 'Matte flavor'. Far more so than in either of the other two countries do you see people walking the streets, riding the buses, sitting on park benches holding / drinking from their matte...

Jump to full entry

Jan 30, 2011 - Montevideo

Sunday, January 30, 2011 Four Points Sheraton was a very classy hotel: rooms were spacious and comfortable, well-placed toiletries, a bright bathroom, and very nice breakfast. They offered free ½ hour Internet service on their business computers, not your own. Using your own computer would be charged by the hour. Time was limited; therefore it didn’t pay to buy time, just quickly check my e-mail on the free service. We were definitely away from the equator! A cool 70° with low humidity and a nice breeze had some wearing light sweaters....

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


South America

Jan 27, 2011 - Montevideo

Bus leaves at 8:30am...on the dot! Almost left Mari behind (Bon told driver to wait & she went to get her)...We'd been waiting for bus to arr for half an hour but just when it arr and was loading luggage Mari went to the bano, very typical of her I'm afraid tho she says not so, oh well, she didn't t get left and alls well! The further we go in Uruguay the more obvious to me their propensity for orderliness, neatness i.e. maintanence. Not that there is no litter, but overall I seen no heaps of rubbish/ piles of trash accumulating as I...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


South America Plus

Previous -- 0 1  2  3  4  5  ... 11  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com