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Entonces, Uruguay

I flew in from Sao Paulo (the new Terminal 3 built prior to World Cup 2014 looks pretty awesome). The flight was supposed to be 2 hrs 45 min but I think we made it in 2.10. The plane landed at around 8 am and the airport was almost empty.

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A small but cozy MVD Airport

There is a currency exchange booth in the luggage claim area, but the rate there wasn’t as good as in the arrivals (21 vs 19 for a dollar). I picked up a map (a great one, btw) at tourist information and found out how to get to my hotel at Tres Cruces, right by the bus station. The public bus from the airport was $45 URU ($2 US), a pretty good deal.
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Parque Rodo

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La Rambla

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At the southernmost point of Montevideo

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A German RV on La Rambla

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Streets of Montevideo

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Plaza Independencia

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Canadian Embassy right at the corner of Plaza Independencia

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Street art

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Palacio Legislativo

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A couple of old Soviet clunkers still cruizing the streets of Montevideo

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Too many dogs here. Not strays, but many of them look like they haven’t really been cared for. It’s not uncommon to see a dogwalker with 10-12 dogs

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Food in Montevideo is pretty expensive. I’ve had lunch at food courts a few times and averaged $15 USD per meal, it’s usually the same or less in the US or Canada. Interestingly, at malls and other public places security don’t allow baseball caps, or you need to wear it backwards, for security cameras. I’ve never seen that anywhere else before.

 

Punta del Este

I took a day trip to Punta del Este – a resort town some 130 km east of Montevideo, 2.5 hours by bus for US $20 round trip.

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Tres Cruces bus station

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Even through the traffic here isn’t as crazy as, for example, in Brazil, I’ve seen two horrific road accidents

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Bus station at Punta del Este

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La Mano

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Two mermaids and a mer-guy

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Seagull fighting for fish scraps at a fish processing place at the port. A sea lion showed up but didn’t get much

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How about a swimming pool on your balcony

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The only Subaru I’ve seen in Uruguay

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I was walking down the street and a car pulled over and woman asked me for directions.

– Espere, voy a ver el mapa

– No eres de aqui?

– No, no soy

– No eres uruguayo?

– No

– Argentino?

– No

– Chileno?

– No

– Brazilero?

– No

– Y de donde eres?

– Ucrania…

– Dios mio…

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The building on “lock down”, too much sunlight here

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Another Soviet Niva

Back to Montevideo, got packed up and ready for a trip to Buenos Aires on the following day: by bus to Colonia and then on a ferry to Buenos Aires.

 

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Our bags are getting reloaded on a ferry. I thought I’d made a big mistake by checking my bag on a ferry, thought I’d be waiting for it forever at Buenos Aires baggage claim, but to my surprise it came out super fast.

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At ferry terminal

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The guy in blue shirt is an Uruguayan border officer and the one next to him is Argentinian, so you actually cross the border to Argentina in Colonia.

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Cars start lining up for the ferry

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The boat

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On the ferry

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