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A trip to Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento & Montevideo

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On Saturday, the Swedish girl and I got a ferry to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. It is only a 50-minute ferry ride to get there, so we thought we might as well see another country.

Colonia is a very pretty town. It is touristy, but quiet. It is a very nice place to just walk around and enjoy a sunny day. In and around town, there are some beaches as well, but we did not go to any. At night, the town is very busy. There are bars and restaurants everywhere and many places had live bands playing that night.
Colonia del Sacramento 1

Colonia del Sacramento 1

Colonia del Sacramento 2

Colonia del Sacramento 2

Colonia del Sacramento 3

Colonia del Sacramento 3

Colonia del Sacramento 4

Colonia del Sacramento 4

Colonia del Sacramento 5

Colonia del Sacramento 5

Colonia del Sacramento 6

Colonia del Sacramento 6

Colonia del Sacramento 7

Colonia del Sacramento 7

Colonia del Sacramento 8

Colonia del Sacramento 8


For dinner, we went to a restaurant to eat the Uruguayan speciality, Chivito. This is a slice of beef covered with ham, cheese, bacon and a fried egg. On the side we got a salad, a russian salad and chips. We got a big plate for 2 and it was a very good meal. Definitely something to try when in Uruguay. There is a ‘burger’ version of it too, where everything is served in a big bun.
Chivito

Chivito


On Sunday we moved on to Montevideo. Unfortunately, nobody had told us that Montevideo is a ghost town on Sundays. The old town was empty. Everything was closed - even restaurants, bars and cafés - and there were barely any people on the streets. We had a very hard time trying to find somewhere where we could have lunch. We finally found the Mercado del Puerto, which is a market hall filled almost exclusively with restaurants. They mainly have barbecues like this:
Parilla at Mercado del Puerto

Parilla at Mercado del Puerto


We needed to save some money though and decided to get pasta: very good and cheap ravioli.
Montevideo 1

Montevideo 1

Montevideo 2

Montevideo 2


We then went to the Museo del Carnaval. A small, but interesting and colourful, museum about carnival in Montevideo, but also in the rest of the world.
Museo del Carnaval 1

Museo del Carnaval 1

Museo del Carnaval 2

Museo del Carnaval 2


At night, we had an encounter with the ‘Uruguayan Orange Daiquiri’ as we named it. At the hostel there was an offer on the daiquiris, so we decided to order some. The bartender said the only fruit he had was oranges. We had never heard of an orange daiquiri, but thought why not. We then watched the guy behind the bar peel 2 oranges, cut them into 4 pieces each, crush them a bit, mix them with Fanta and rum and then shake the whole thing. Shaking Fanta?? OK, the drink ended up tasting quite good, but it had no ice in it, 4 large pieces of orange and shaken Fanta! I imagined the 2 straws we got with it were supposed to be used as chopsticks to eat the alcohol-soaked oranges with. We had a good laugh about this experience and kept telling the story to everyone we met in the last 3 days, but the most important thing is that we enjoyed our drinks :-)
Uruguayan Orange Daiquiri

Uruguayan Orange Daiquiri


On Monday, Montevideo changed completely. The streets were filled with people and the shops, restaurants and cafés were open again. We visited the cathedral (nice, but not very special) and then the Museo del Gaucho y de la Moneda. The Gaucho museum showed an interesting movie about the Gaucho and his way of living. The rest of the museum was really interesting too. In the same building was a small natural history museum as well, so you get 3 museums in 1 and it‘s all for free.

In Montevideo, as well as in Buenos Aires, you can see ‘recycling families’ everywhere on the streets. These are people that collect the rubbish that is lying on the street and cart it away to a recycling place where they can get money for it. Quite an interesting concept: they get a chance to earn some money while they keep the city clean. While in Buenos Aires they pull their carts through the streets by hand though, in Montevideo they have horses! After we had tried taking pictures of this couple as secretly as we could, they rode away on their horse and waved goodbye to us. So we didn’t go unnoticed after all…
'Recycling family'

'Recycling family'


We then took a long walk past the coast to one of the nicer beaches in the city. Beautiful! After having spent some hours at the beach, we got a massive ice cream to have some strength for the 1-hour walk back ;-)
Montevideo 3

Montevideo 3

Montevideo 4

Montevideo 4

Ice cream in Montevideo

Ice cream in Montevideo


The night we spent at the hostel, cooking dinner and talking to the other people staying there. There was even a live band playing in the hostel.

The next morning we took a bus and ferry back to Buenos Aires to stay there for 1 more day before travelling on.

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