A quiet town... I mean, city

Trip Start Jul 14, 2010
Trip End May 18, 2011

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Flag of Uruguay  , Montevideo,
Saturday, March 26, 2011

         Montevideo is prety great.  It´s hard for me to make a judgement on Uruguayans, but if Montevideo is any indication they sure are relaxed, nice, and generally good people.  I got a chance to stay with a really wonderful couchsurfing host and he showed me a great time riding bicycles around the city, as well as giving me plenty of time to read, practice my spanish, and eat awesome food that he, I, and another couchsurfer prepared.  Between the crepes, freshly made pasta, and amazing steak I think I ate some of the best food I´ve had so far (the steak was especially delicious).  Montevideo itself was pretty excellent as well, although generally speaking it was pretty much the same as a lot of other cities, but with mellower people. 
         We went to this awesome flea market that took up a 6 x 6 block radius filled with all sorts of junk.  The unique thing about this flea market was how much stuff that, if you found it in the US, would be incredibly valuable.  One person had nearly every McDonald´s happy meal toy I had ever seen and there were tons of ancient comic books, including first printings of all the TIn Tin books in the original French (which, if it isn´t valuable, should be).  There were even people selling Axolotl´s which is one of those animals I have always wanted to see.  They were bigger than I thought, and cheaper too (7 dollars for each one). 
         This is where I got my first real indication of how crazy people are for maté here.  I figure that if you see one person walking down the street in Montevideo, there is a 30% chance that they are carrying a maté, some yerba, and a thermos full of hot water.   I estimate that there is a 10% increase in probability for every extra person added, meaning that if there are 2 people walking down the street, there is a 40% chance that one of them has maté materials.  If you see a group of 8 people, it´s practically a guarantee.
         Anyways, the basic thing about Montevideo was that it was great and I am a little bummed I didn´t decide to spend more time there.  Owell, I don´t think it´s going anywhere.  Ciao!
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