Mate', meat and peñarol
Trip Start Oct 28, 2007
24Trip End Dec 29, 2007
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"Hey, look at this crazy country - U-R-gay!"
Funny then. Funny now. Maturity is over-rated.
Hilarious name aside, Uruguay is also famous in the football world
Uruguay are lining up a bid for the 2030 World Cup.
Montevideo itself has been interesting. Not cheap, but interesting. Nice beach, on the Rio del Plata, and a small Old City. The Old City actually has a heap of old Spanish style buildings, that these days, no-one can afford to keep looking sharp. But, it's clear to see, that before the economy went bust, this was a stately and elegant city. My guidebook referred to it as being the 'Switzerland of South America'. Whatever. An thing I have noticed in my wanderings is that the locals seem to be completely addicted to mate´. Way more than Argentines. Way more
Montevideo has a perfect, bronze, replica of Michaelangelo's David. Random.
The main attraction in this town is the Mercado del Puerto (Port Market). Let me break this place down for you - it's a huge shed with a huge tin roof. Inside this huge shed with the huge tin roof are a heap of restaurants all selling one thing - huge slabs of meat. Huge steaks, huge sausages, huge chickens, huge ribs, huge everything. All cooked on huge racks by huge wood fires. And to wash it down, huge beers. This is what the Mercado is all about. Nothing else. Seriously. That's it. A more appropriate name would be 'Huge Meat Market of Death'. Clearly, how could I not spend a lazy afternoon here? Just me, a huge steak and a huge beer. Does it get much better? Not in this traveller's books. Surely heaven resembles something like this, but on some huge cloud instead of an old port, surrounded by other clouds (like the football cloud and the lemon meringue pie cloud), instead of container ships (one of which that was from North Korea). I do love steak.
Time to get back - back to Buenos Aires...yeeeeessssss!!!