Paddy´s Day in Montevideo
Trip Start Mar 02, 2009
63Trip End Aug 05, 2009
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Landed up to Shannon´s bar for 2.30, but it didn´t open till half 6. Not easily deterred, a scouser had the genius idea of going to the supermarket to buy cerveza and wait it out in style. Pretty soon, more and more people copied her idea and we had the makings of a great Paddy´s day. Hours passed, hundreds of people arrived, and the polica sealed off the street to let us party in peace
It was funny to see the locals wearing "Today I´m Irish" t-shirts, throwing beer over each other, and making shapes at the six hand reel! We even met this burly Uruguayan who, despite not speaking English, knew every word to "The 7 drunken nights"! Next thing we know, a TV crew show up and come running over after they heard there was an actual Irish person there, especially one sporting a suitably festive ginger beard!
An hour or so later, and loads of randomers are shaking Shane´s hand and asking to get their photos taken with him. Initially confused, someone mentions that we made the national news, with translations from the legendary Irish-Uruguayan musician, Conrad O`Neill.
Best Paddy´s day ever. We loved the Uruguayans and were sad to be leaving, especially on a 25 hour bus to Mendoza!