Tour Montevideo with Evelyn

Trip Start Jan 09, 2008
Trip End May 15, 2008

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

The best thing about travelling is not only seeing things you have never seen before, but the people you meet along the way. An even better occurrance if you get the chance to meet them again in their home country. I met my friend Evelyn in Ushuaia, Argentina and got to reconnect with her in Montevideo, Uruguay. Itīs definitely nice to have a local guide you around the city and you just playing follow the leader. Sometimes, it takes some energy and frustration to get to the right places, but when you got the local, everything is on auto pilot.
I probably did more in Montevideo in 3 days than most people see in week. For my first night in the city, i went to a Casamiento(wedding party) of one of Evelynīs friends. We basically ate empanadas, drank wine, and had conversations with a mixture of english and spanish. The people i met at the party were wonderful and was a great way to begin my stay here in Uruguay.
The next day we walked around the east side of Montevideo to see its Playas and street markets. Afterwards, we had a great Chorizo lunch at the Mercado del Puerto which was the best place to eat in Montevideo. The Parilla here is right in your face and you can feel the heat and smell the wonderful food being cooked. Definitely not the place for vegetarians. Our next stop was at another side of town which is rarely visited by tourists on the west side of Montevideo. Here we went to one of the few remaining Fortresses where a small museum of Montevideoīs history is held. From this Fortalezza a great panoramic of Montevideo could be seen, probably the best panoramic view of the cityscape and port.
For Sunday, we went to a huge outdoor street market which has everything and i mean everything. You can buy antiques, snakes, rabbits, puppies, kittens, sunglasses, clothes, electronics, basically if you can think of something itīs here. We didnīt buy anything though, except some overloaded hamburgers with actual ham in the hamburger. Here you can choose various toppings for your hamburgers, like onions, peppers, olives, and various salsas. itīs quite different from a american burger. For the night scene, we checked out a traditional musical concert in Ciudad Vieja at a place called Espacio Guambia. Here we saw a very eccentric musical concert of 15 males on stage with flower costumes and singing at the top of their lungs. They were also dancing telling jokes and acting out skits. It was nothing like iīve ever scene, so i took a video of it and i will try uploading it once i find another decent computer. This was probably my favorite event of Montevideo and would recommend it to anyone visiting the country. ī
All in all, my trip to Montevideo was wonderful all in part to Evelyn cause i wouldnīt have seen anything, but the old city if she never came and took me out of it. Cheers!
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