Montevideo and beyond

Trip Start Feb 14, 2006
Trip End Mar 19, 2007

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Tuesday, March 7, 2006

We reluctantly left Colonia to see some more of Uruguay. After a quick pit stop in the bus station in Montevideo we moved up the coast to Piriapolis. This place is a popular beach resort and really there was nothing outstanding about the place. We werenīt too impressed by the hostel we chose, it was the main IH hostel in town but after the place in Colonia it seemed like a rip-off. It was a huge place as well and there were very few people there, it gave the feeling of the hotel in the Shinning.....I half expected the little kid on his tricycle to come squeaking down one of the empty corridors!

Itr was a typical resort really, touristy shops, hotels restaurants and not much else. The beach was right off the main street and seemed to have had half the sand robbed from the place cos it was like lying on concrete.

The one big landmark was a huge hotel īhotel Argentinaī that swallowed up half the promenade. It did look impressive at night , but a bit out of place during the day.

Naturally we didnīt waste any time getting out of the place and decided to go back to Montevideo for a night. We got a decent enough hotel for pretty cheap and it was in a good central area. We didnīt get to walk around till that night and the place seemed a bit dead.
The next day we strolled around taking in the sights. Tadgh wasnīt a bit impressed with the place, I didnīt think it was all that bad! We went down to the port area to this market where they basically have a load of restaurants in one big open area with each one trying to better the other with the size of its grill and the amount of red meat they can pack onto it! It was some sight seeing a huge open flaming grill with the meat of a few animals taking up every available space! Unfortunately we werenīt long after breakfast and didnīt fancy tucking into half a cow that early!

We strolled on up to the main street. A lot of the biuldings seemed a bit disheveled but there were a few nice plazas and some nice architecture, (although our opinions on that differed as well!). The shops were a bit on the tacky side so Tadgh had no problem keeping me out of them for a change. All in all we werenīt really impressed by the city and had expected it to be a bit better maintained considering Uruguay supposedly has a stable enough economy.

So it was back to our favorite spot, Colonia, that evening for a bit more relaxing (like we needed it!)
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