Gran Hotel Fray Bentos
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... mate. It’s a safe and small town, and children run around on the roads without fear of the cars passing them.
We landed a job teaching English in a primary school here about a week after we arrived in Montevideo at the beginning of October. After walking around the city for six days and getting refused everywhere (it’s now the beginning of the summer holidays so nobody was hiring) we were relieved and enthusiastic when we heard back ...
The land west of Montevideo is the less visited 'real' Uruguay - little river towns separated by large expanses of land for cattle grazing and wheat fields. Except for Colonia del Sacramento it's far off the tourist trail, but provides a useful way of crossing back into Argentina via a land border. With James back in Buenos Aires we spent the next few days bussing our way up the west coast towards the ...
... br> It is important to point out that Durazno has an alternative
international airport equipped with modern runways. At this airport, air
traffic may operate without any inconveniences when the weather
conditions determine that Carrasco should be closed. Furthermore, the
railway leaving from the Montevideo Central Station crosses the city center and reaches the City of Rivera, on the Brazilian border.
... like this for hours. I have managed to change my Chilean money to Argentinean and call my bank in the morning. In order to change the money I had to register with that institution and tell them my passport number !!! When I called my bank I was informed that my card hadn't been stopped at all. And then 5 minutes later it started to work again (a miracle) :) I left the city as soon as I could without turning my head back. My glasses ...
... February 7 and 8 - Giovanna and I headed to the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo. Now as far as capital cities go this place is super mellow, all the people are layed backed to the point where they basically appear to sleep through life. One thing I really noticed here is how popular the drink mate (pronounced mar ta) is. This is basically a bitter but not at all unpleasant drink made from the leaves of the mate plant. The locals are ...