Fine, healthy looking mosquitoes

Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

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Hostel Palmero
Hosyel Palmero

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Saturday, October 31, 2009


It must have been Halloween because all the children in the city of Montevideo were dressed up in costume and carrying pumpkins to have filled with money and sweets. They were running from shop to shop to plead with the owners for goodies. The parents seemed to be having as much fun as the children

 We arrived in Montevideo after a 176 kilometer ride which saw us through some of the poorest neighbourhoods we've seen in Uruguay. We were searching for a particular Hostel which we could pick up on our Zumo GPS map. After turning off the main highway down some very dodgie streets, we were quite concerned at some of the stares we were receiving. I saw a young guy scuttle out of a wheelie bin with his mates helping him with the stuff he'd pulled out of it. At a street corner a guy in a car said to Des, "What are you doing in this neighbourhood? It’s not safe for you here, get out, get out, quickly" Des relayed this on the walkie –talkies to Lou who was leading at this stage, and we quickly tried to get back onto the highway, after getting separated for awhile in the back streets. It was a bit scarey riding through that area on my own, but luckily, I soon found the others, thanks to the radios we all had on the bikes.
Later we pulled into a service station and asked the very kind, very smiling attendant, with sign language, if she would make a call to a Hostel in Montevideo, The Hostel Palermo. I don’t think she even knew I couldn’t understand a word of Spanish, because she just talked and talked, and the more I said “Si” the more words she used. I don’t think she drew breath for 20 minutes. But she arranged the accommodation for us and our vehicles, beautifully by phone, drew us a clear map and in no time we were ensconced in a neat 2 story Hostel in Montevideo.

Cecelia, the receptionist, gave us some good tips on where to sightsee and more importantly, where to eat. So we caught a taxi into town for $2.50 and had a thick steak meal in a Canadian Restaurant. Des and I were unable to draw any money out of the ATM so Lou and Lynn paid for our meal for us.

Our room had a two square meter balcony, so we poured a drink and toasted to Uruguay.

4am - mozzie slapping time. On went the light…… Lou, Des and Lynn were in a flap about the mosquitoes in the room. When I turned on the light, I could see their dilemma. We got some wet flannels and each got out of bed to do a mozzie massacre. The ceiling is about 10 or 12 feet high so we had to throw the cloths up to dislodge the mozzies and smack them on the way down. Lou stood up on his bed to kill a few more. By this stage, we were in fits of laughter, hoping not to wake our fellow lodgers. None of the windows have screens here, and it’s a very wet country with lots of greenery, hence the mozzies. But Lynn told us Uruguay has no Malaria, only Dengue Fever, yay!

We lost count after squashing fifty mosquitoes, but we were pretty relentless and got every last one of them. They left some nasty bloody marks on the walls, but, being well brought up the way we were, we cleaned off all the marks.
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