Chilling in Uruguay

Trip Start Mar 17, 2008
Trip End Jun 08, 2008

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Friday, March 28, 2008


Uruguay seems to be a very cost effective destination so far. The staff interacting with each other at our hotel, Hotel Palacio reminds me of the scene from Little Britain in the book shop where you never see the owner´s wife, only hear her name ¨Margaret!¨ That seems to be the way they locate each other in this tower of a place. It´s faded charm that´s for sure, massive rooms with wooden floors and a bathroom with a genuine roll top enamel bath. We commented that it´s the sort of place Duncan would love to get his hands on!! At US$12 each per night, we are not complaining!

Yesterday we arrived and enjoyed some chilling time on the beach in Montevideo - culminating in an amazing sunset viewed from the top of a hill overlooking the sea and downtown MV. Without realising until afterwards we actually ate in arguably the best Parilla in MV, Los Leños on Avenida San Jose - or so Copnde Nast Traveller magazine would have us believe. It was outstanding and we ate plenty, enjoyed our first Uruguayan beer, Patricia (as delicious as Quilmes in Argentina), and had a half bottle of decent local wine. All for less than 18 quid!

Our second day was punctuated by a mix of great results and frustration. After spending 3 hours downloading photos, cvatching up on emails and trying to map out the next part of our route, GB went back to the hotel and promptly got lost in both directions. A 10 minute round trip took 90ish... Atmosphere was less than chilled when she eventually turned up at the Internet cafe. Of course I didn´t show enough concern (I thought she´d maybe gone shopping) so our lunch was eaten in silence in Plaza Independecia.

After that though we followed the old town walking route and were cheered enormously by ending up at the port just in time for the most amazing sunset I´ve seen for a long time - enjoy it for yourselves. Our eagerly anticipated tapas supper at a restaurant we discovered during the afternoon turned out to be dreadful, apart from the 4 different types of chocolate dessert and superb wine which made everything alright again. It was a lot hotter today, so we slept with the window open and fan (air con is not included at Palacio) on at full pelt. I awoke to no less than 8 new mosquito bites - lesson learned. Dad, the mozzie bite zapper you bought is absolutely genius, if a little over used for my liking!!!

We´re off to Punta del Este today, the so-called St Tropez of S America. Anticipation is high both for the place, the weather and the fact we have booked into the swish AWA boutique and design hotel - our first real luxury. And the bus only costs 4 quid each for the two and a half hour journey, plus the buses look proper comfy. Punta here we come...
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