Our last capitol city!

Trip Start Jul 22, 2008
Trip End Dec 10, 2008

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The first thing that struck us about Montevideo was its bus station! Not usually a place where you want to spend any time longer than necessary, the 3 storey station has a shopping mall, a pub, and peachy clean toilets.
In South America, it is very helpful for travellers when one bus terminal covers all your options. In Peru, this could be all over the place, with odd bus companies scattered across town, but Argentina and Uruguay seem to have done the sensible thing and put them all in one place so you can choose you best option for getting around.

Anyway, transport hubs aside, Monetvideo is a compact capital city, with River, Sea or Ocean on three sides of its main downtown area. Like Colonia, this gives the city a refreshing feel.
Our hotel was right in the action, and was really comfortable and cheap too. It's not exactly picture postcard material from the outside, but great inside.
The main Plaza Indepencia has some pretty cool buildings, including the previously tallest building in South America, which is this lovely art deco piece that we guessed was built in the early 20th century. Underground, there is the tomb of General Artegas which has some cool stylings too.
The city reminded me quite a bit of Budapest, with its architecture.

We met up with one our Inca Trail friends Erin, who took us to the Mercado del Puerto for some delicious medio y medio (half wine, half bubbly), and of course, a giganto plate of meat. It was great to chat to an English speaker other than a spouse after quite a few weeks staying in places without much other person interaction! Thanks Erin!

We went to Bar Fun Fun for a little fun fun, but there is only live tango music later in the week, so we sipped out Patricia beer and headed homeward.

So Montevideo is another Uruguayan hit, Punta del Diablo next...
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