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Day 63 – Rainy Montevideo for a Beach Vacation?

December 12, 2010

Location: Punte del Este and Montevideo, Uruguay

Date: Sunday, December 12, 2010

Ahh, yes. The best laid plans of mice and men. Today was supposed to be another beach day, but the weather spoiled that. Yesterday’s sunshine traded itself for pounding rain. With no signs of clearing, Marie and I traded in our bus tickets for tomorrow for a bus ticket today. If we were going to be trapped indoors, we decided rather do it Montevideo instead of Punte del Este. Rain in the city isn’t as much of a downer as it is in a beach town.

Fredrico once again played savior from the rain and gave us a ride to the bus station. Have I mentioned that the Uruguayans I’ve met are remarkably friendly?

A couple hours later we were in Montevideo wandering the streets, the rain gone but not the clouds. We went back to retry our hands at Estancia del Puerto at Mercado del Puerto. Alas, Estancia del Puerto was closed. We had to settle for another meat counter which was good, but couldn’t recreate the magic of our first experience. Some things you just aren’t meant to experience twice, I guess.

We ended up at the same hostel as a couple of Brazilians and a guy from Georgia (the state, not the country). We headed out for a light dinner and, while the rest headed out in search of Montevideo night life, I crashed out for the night. In the end, no beach today, but at least it wasn’t raining.

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GALLERY: Click here to see bonus pictures of more Montevideo graffiti and Montevideo pictures.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2011 5:40 pm

    Is Montevideo still filled with vintage American cars?

    In 1970, they still had ENORMOUS duties on new automobiles, so everyone kept the old ones going, and you could see an endless array of 1940s and 50s Detroit iron everywhere…..plus an occasional ’30s touring car. It was magical.

    I hope that the sandbagged streets wherever there was a police station are gone – the Tupamaros (I checked, and that WAS their name) were doing drive-bys and it was just plain “war” in the city. We didn’t spend much time there, for that reason – headed north for Brazil.

    One last thing – I have photos of the most incredible hearse I’ve ever seen, and I wonder if they still have the “Magic Kingdom”-style hearses running around……I’ve never seen anything like it before or since!

    I’m quite green, reading these posts….such great memories.

    • January 6, 2011 7:32 am

      More on this later, but the short answer it “Yes.” Montevideo is a time capsule of sorts. Very cool.

      No sandbags, but Montevideo still isn’t the kind of place that you’d want to go wandering around alone at night. Of course, you could probably say that about any big city.

      I never saw a memorable hearse. Have a pic you can share? I’m curious. . . 🙂

  2. Doris permalink
    January 6, 2011 8:37 am

    Love the first pic!

    • February 4, 2011 8:29 am

      Yeah, it’s a good one. There’s so much awesome graffiti in South America I decided I wanted a picture with some.

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