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Feb 20, 2005 - Uruguay - Montevideo

MVD has a very European feel, which is probably due to the range of immigrants that have arrived here over the centuries...(different feel to Woking though!). There is a great and interesting mix of architecture, especially in the old town and enough museums and cinemas to fill a couple of days. A big highlight was the Mercado del Puerto - where we happened upon a tapas bar serving jamon iberico- serious heaven!!! Uruguay seems to be the place for bumping into travellers we met in Brazil - so it has been good meetig up and trading stories...

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Feb 11, 2005 - Montevideo

Hi everyone! First make sure to check out the photos I've added to my Colonia entry (Feb 7). I was in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, last week-end. I only stayed a day and a half in Montevideo. The first reason was that I managed to arrive at the beginning of Carnival and found myself in a very busy hostel sharing a dorm room with 9 other girls, where the hot water would constantly break down and the common spaces were full of smokers. Needless to say I wasn't very comfortable. The other reason is that overall I didn't find Montevideo...

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Feb 4, 2005 - Las Llamadas

The once-a-year parade called Las Llamadas has been going on for a while here. Las Llamadas means ¨the calls¨ and is called this because the slaves here used to communicate with each other by beating on drums. In the parade, which lasted about 5 hours, there were huge groups of people beating on drums to represent this. Everyone was dressed very elaborately, it was like nothing I had seen before

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Jan 21, 2005 - Warming up for the Rio Carnival

We arrived in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay bright and early. The city is really small considering it is the capital of the country, but then again Uruguay is pretty tiny itself. The main street is pretty cool, walking down it leads you to a pedestrinised street and then into the oldest square in Uruguay. It was good, there is a massive palace that seems to protrude into the square! We visited a Gaucho (Cowboys) Musuem which was interesting, it had all the tools and clothes that the cowboys used to wear including some pretty mean...

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Trip Journal

Our trip home ....

Jan 11, 2005 - Uruguay - A diamond in the rough

Due to our lack of internet time lately, I'm going to wrap up our travels, brief as they were, in Uruguay in one entry. From Rio and our New Year`s Eve festivities, we took a day to relax, then decided to make a beeline for the border. The buses getting out of Rio were pretty packed, so even though we wanted to break up our trip to Uruguay somewhere in the middle, at a lovely sounding place on the coast called Florianopolis, we ended up with a 24 hour bus ride to a non-coastal city (despite the name) called Porto Alegre. In reality, the 24...

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Jan 8, 2005 - Montevideo

We left Punto del Este behind in the morning and excitedly jumped on the bus to Montevideo. Pure luxury awaited us at the other end. While searching the internet to book our accomodation the night before we´d somehow managed to stumble across the Sheraton website. After a quick scout of their prices we found that for a mere $76 we could spend the night, and at only $40 more than the shambles of a hostel we were currently staying in. The thought of such a bargain was to much to pass and we promptly booked ourselves in for a night. It was an...

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Jan 2, 2005 - Colonia and Montevideo

Initially, Damien and I thought we would spend a couple of days in Colonia and Montevideo and then return to Buenos Aires to go to Iguazu Falls. We changed our minds on the ferry to Colonia and decided to travel East along the coast of Uruguay (a favourite holiday destiniation for Montevideans and Argentinians) and then head north to Brazil. Colonia was wonderful. A very relaxed colonial town with cobble stoned streets, old fashioned street lamps, old fashioned cars and great people. The hostel we stayed in was rather run down but had a lot...

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Jan 1, 2005 - New Years Eve in Uruguay

New Years Eve in Uruguay "The secret of adventure, then, is not to carefully seek it our but to travel in such a way that it finds you. To do this, you first need to overcome the protective habits of home and open yourself up to unpredictability," Rolf Potts. Well, well, well, I just spent a very fun and unusual New Years Eve day. I arrived in Montevideo, Uruguay, Dec. 29. Caught the Buquebus from BA at 9 a.m. to Colonia. Very nice ferry, comfortable seats, big enough that it didn't rock too much. I spent the first hour wandering around the...

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Jul 7, 2004 - Montevideo, Uruguay

We took the bus from Colonia to Montevideo on July 7, about a 3.5 hour ride through rural scenery. About 1.3 million people live in Montevideo (pronounced Monchee-video, which surprised us - we expect the video part to be like vee-deh-oh), a large percentage of Uruguay's 3.3 million. We stayed at the London Palace Hotel, a top-end hotel but still only US$35 a night. Ted's cold had gotten worse, so we spent the rest of the day watching movies on TV hoping that the day of resting would help. The next day, Ted wasn't much better, so we just...

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May 12, 2004 - Notes about Brazil

Though we've only hit a small portion of this huge country, we think we've gotten a good grasp of the way they live. This country is more like the U.S. than any country we've ever been to, for a number of reasons. This place is about as big as the U.S. The people here believe that they are the best and so is their land. The diversity of people and speaking accents is like the U.S. For instance, a rude New Yorker (Rio) and southern hospitality (Bahia). The landscape is also as diverse with the amazon, deserts, jungle, beaches and mountains....

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