Exploring the Uruguayan Capital

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

We stayed in Montevideo for three days. Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and has a population of about 3 million people. The city has many beaches, that we enjoyed strolling along during the day but the actual tourist attractions are quite limited. The main central area felt quite worn down, and we noticed lots of homeless people. I felt like the people here were very poor, but in a different way to those that we had seen in Bolivia and in the mountains of Peru. The people in those countries are honest farming folk, who have little opportunity to improve their situations and lifestyles. The people in Montevideo seemed to have lots of issues with drug and alcohol problems and I wondered if they had used the opportunities that they had been given badly. It felt quite rough and I were warned by a few people not to walk in that area in the evening or at night. As we were staying in the nicer part of the city we had no reason to venture into the central area anyway, but the whole of Montevideo felt like it could do with a lick of paint and lots of the buildings looked worn around the edges.

We went to the weekend market, which had lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, along with lots of meats and artisan breads, pastries and cheeses. There was also an overwhelming amount of tat, with lots of stalls trying to sell old remote controls and 20 year old mobile phone chargers, along with things that looked dusty and moth eaten.  Not surprisingly Kory and I made a bee-line for the food and then left fairly quickly.

Although we enjoyed our time in Montevideo we were eager to get to a beach that was a bit smaller and had a few less skyscrapers. The area that we were staying in was very developed and there were office and residential sky scrapers covering any spare space, up to the beach.  However, there were surprisingly few restaurants or cafes making the most of the sea and beach views.  We were excited to check out somewhere else but it seemed strange that we wouldn't be cycling there. We had decided to leave our bikes in Montevideo, as the hostel seemed safe and they had secure luggage storage. As we only had a few days, it didn't seem worthwhile to cycle there and back, as that would only give us one or two days to relax and enjoy our “holiday”.
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I've thoroughly enjoyed the blogs of your trip. I'm hoping to keep in contact with you, too being that Kory is at home. I really do think you are very courageous staying there to volunteer, you do have a very BIG heart. I wish you the Best... over there and do keep us posted... Love and hugs

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