Bienvenidos a America del Sur
Trip Start Sep 22, 2010
28Trip End May 17, 2011
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We spent our time in humongous BA wandering around and trying to get used to the shockingly high prices of South America (when coming from Asia). The prices led us to our first stay in dorm beds as well as our first trip to the grocery store since three meals a day at a restaurant was no longer in our repertoire. The Palermo and Recoletta neighborhoods were highlights of our stay, and we wish we had devoted more time to the city in retrospect.
After a few days in BA, we took the ferry over to Uruguay, an amazing country that´s surprisingly off the radar for many travelers
From Colonia, we ventured over to Montevideo, which seemed like a mini version of BA, but with plenty of unique character. We saw beautiful plazas, tons of street-side artists, and great pedestrian markets. At the Puerto Mercado, an old port warehouse turned restaurant central, Jay met and fell immediately in love with his favorite new sandwich, the chivito. It´s a steak sandwich. With ham. And bacon. And egg, cheese, and toppings galore. Always served with french fries. One highlight of the city was visiting the University of Uruguay, where Susie´s dad, Basil, studied when he was Susie´s age. He always talked about his wonderful days in Uruguay, so we´re sure he was happy we visited his old stomping grounds.
After Montevideo began our vacation from vacation
One last notable thing about Uruguay was the matte obsession. We´d heard about matte, a tea-like drink, in BA, but Uruguayans take it to a whole new level. The closest we could compare it too was if 90% of US adults carried around a coffee mug, a french press, grinds, and a thermos of hot water all day long.