Montevideo Round Dos

Trip Start Oct 17, 2012
Trip End Mar 27, 2013

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Che Lagarto Hostel Montevideo
Read my review - 3/5 stars

Flag of Uruguay  , Montevideo,
Thursday, November 1, 2012

Originally, our plan was to return to Buenos Aires on either a ferry or an overnight bus. Unfortunately, however, due to our bus breaking down multiple times and causing a few hours of delay we missed both of those options. At the bus terminal we purchase our tickets for the next days travel back to B.A. then we took the public bus in to town to find a hostel for the night.

The hostel is in an old mansion and was once a truly magnificent building. Now as a hostel, it's a bit dingy and most definitely has an odor but it will do for the night. We are fortunate enough to once again get a multiple-bed dorm-style room all to ourselves making things a bit more comfortable. We spend a bit of time on the Internet and then pass out as it is pretty late.

The following day we have until mid afternoon to check out more of the city of Montevideo. We wake up early-ish; eat a standard hostel breakfast consisting of white toast with butter and jam and/or dulce de leche, cereal, and coffee; check-out, locking our packs in hostel storage and start wandering the town. We check out the various plazas highlighted on our tourist map with the final goal to end up at an empanada restaurant that was featured in our Lonely Planet guidebook. If you don't know, Kendra has a bit of an obsession with empanadas dating back to an empanada restaurant in California. Her favorite is a fried empanada with cheese and onion filling, which we have not been able to find anywhere yet. Carne or ham and cheese have been the only two options at pretty much any restaurant or food stand that we've checked out. We were hoping this place with the promise of many many different types of empanadas would finally be our holy grail. Alas, we get there and it is closed. :-( In hopes that we are just too early we wander around the neighborhood to kill some time...

We happen upon a huge cemetery that is simply stunning. A few interesting points here... The dead are buried in above ground tombs, with grand, ornate statues covering them or in a wall stacked alongside and on top of one another. You'll see this all around South America and in Europe, but I still think its interesting. Another point is that this cemetery was chalk full of people cleaning off their ancestor's graves. Uruguayans celebrate Dia de Los Muertos (day of the dead) just like our Mexican friends, and the day was just around the corner. The cemetery had signs posted for extended hours on this day and the families were preparing the graves for this purpose. The third note was that this cemetery had signs all over it warning that the Mosquitos here had Dengue fever! Ahhh! We didn't think we had to worry about that till much later in the trip (if at all). Luckily, I'm writing this several weeks afterward and we are both healthy with the exception of a cold so, I guess we are safe.

After our time in the cemetery we head back to the empanada shop to, unfortunately, find it still closed; so we grab some food elsewhere, para llevar, and get back to the hostel for our bags. To be noted we got a huge two person serving of ravioli and several empanadas of standard filling for under $10USD.

Back at the bus terminal we board a bus that takes us to Colonia de Sacramento, where we transfer to a ferry. We had hoped to spend a few hours in Colonia, as it is a major historical /tourist attraction. Years ago, it was a smuggler's port for several different countries and today, all of the buildings have stayed the same and the streets are original cobblestone. Supposedly very picturesque. Due to our bus delays we now have to skip Colonia and we say Ciao to Uruguay (South Americans say Ciao as opposed to Central Americans saying Adios).
Ciao Ciao!
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