This month I have been mostly eating... steak

Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 20, 2010

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El Viajero HostelT

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Stumbled dozily out off the overnight bus and back into BA. Within an hour we had somehow managed to book a ferry to Uruguay, go through immigration, and were standing on the deck of the ferry. 3 hours on the ferry and another 3 or so on a bus had us in Montevideo eating a McDonalds at the bus station - starved from all the travel.

Booked ourselves into a hostel and heard that the two Montevidean soccer teams Nacional andPenarol were playing a cup game in a few hours. Local derby so we went straight up to the stadium. Even though the game wasn't fully sold out they had closed the ticket office 5 hours before the game. Bit of a kick in the knickers. Ended up watching the game in a pub. Didn't miss much soccer-wise, but the atmosphere looked fantastic - and dangerous!

Got up the next morning and saw a bit of the city. They have a famous market full of parrillas (grill houses) where everybody goes for saturday lunch. Absolutely fantastic. You sit at a bar and they cook the food at the grill right in front of you. The steak was even better than Argentina.

Saw a fairly impressive tomb of one of the Liberators too. Right underneath the main square. Wandered down to the beach the next day. 

Montevideo was alot more relaxed than Buenos Aires - and the people were alot more layedback and generally nicer. We were kicking ourselves for not spending more time in Uruguay and seeing more of the country (though 2 days was plenty for Montevideo). We didn't have great expectations for Montevideo so maybe that's why we liked it so much. Either way, I thought it was great - though I have heard alot of people say they were fairly indifferent about the place - depends on your experience and expectations I suppose.

Back to BA for a night and then south for Patagonia. Aaron wasn't interested in seeing Montevideo so he's gone down to Patagonia ahead of us. Hoping to make it all the way to Ushuaia this week - 3500 kilometres from BA. Had planned to fly it, but the flights were too expensive (peak season) so its back to the buses.
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