Uruguay + More Thoughts

23 10 2009

Uruguay

I spent a few days in Uruguay this past week, and I loved it. My only “complaint” was that I was in the capital, Montevideo, over the weekend. Weekends mean family time and church time for South Americans. Thus, the city was pretty much deserted on Sunday.

Montevideo reminds me a a little bit of Buenos Aires in the sense that it has European-looking buildings. It’s just way smaller and way less congested. After Montevideo, I took a bus over to Punta del Este, a city known for its beautiful beaches. During summer (tourist season), it’s packed with people. Since it’s only Spring here, there were very few people there, both tourists and residents.

The beaches were really beautiful and relaxing. It had been the longest I had ever gone without seeing a beach (five months), and it was so great to stick my feet in the sand and walk around with the beaches to myself. I thought about going to a few other more remote beaches a few hours away, but I decided against it for safety reasons– didn’t want to be by myself.

Here are a few pics of my trip.

Wine and Steak on the Grill

Wine and Steak on the Grill

Interesting Graffiti

Interesting Graffiti

Atlantic Ocean

Atlantic Ocean

Empty Street

Empty Street

Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach

Hand Sculpture

Hand Sculpture

More thoughts, Experiences and Observations

  • The service in South America is slow and inefficient. There are two or more lines for almost every store you enter. Example: One line to get a ticket for what you want, another line to give the ticket to the cashier to pay, and a final line to give them your receipt and get what you paid for.
  • Many people think I look Argentine. I’m not sure why.
  • People trying to make money pass out stuff on the metro and at coffee shops and want you to look at it. They range from pens to flashlights to toys. If you want it, you buy it. If not, they take it back. It makes the coffee shop experience less enjoyable.
  • The Halloween and costume stores here are very enjoyable. They have tons of accessories and props, which are really fun to look at.

Coming home in a little less than a week!