Montevideo, Uruguay Day 5
I did not plan for any tours of Montevideo – I figured I could just “wing” It. I had downloaded an eBook that was a walking tour, in case I needed it. So it was nice to leisurely get up and make my way to breakfast. The Oceanview Café is setup differently than I am used to on a cruise ship, so I had to figure out where things were – and I still missed some – but I have time to learn it all. They did have scrambled eggs with salsa and guacamole, so I was happy. I also found a nice place to eat outside.
I actually left the ship around 9:30, earlier than I expected as they were still loading up buses for people who had planned excursions. As I was walking out of the port, I was met by a woman arranging private tours for $25.00 US. Not a bad deal, so I joined a van that had a couple from Hawaii, a Carol and her son, Brian, from Detroit, and 3 people from Argentina. Pedro was our driver and guide. He first took us up the coastline, then to a very nice residential area. At the coast, we stopped at a light house that was guarded by a very large dog and a very complacent cat. We also went to Punta Gorda where there is a monument to a sea battle that occurred just off this point.
Of course, we had to pass by the football stadium built in 1930 for the World Cup. It seems they could build stadiums for 60,000 people in 6 months in those days. I guess they did not have to have a lot of building permits and other types of red tape.
We also passed a hospital that is specifically for people who cannot pay for their own medical needs. It is really part of a university hospital and people training to be doctors in Uruguay have to do their final year of internship at this hospital.
Then we went by the monument for the pioneers – the people who came to make their home in this land – before heading to the city centre. There, we passed by the very impressive parliament building, several statues of guys on horses and a market. We were given a choice of walking through the market back to the ship or riding back. I decided to join the mother and son team and walk back. We had a pleasant walk, even though we think the driver has a different definition of 7 blocks! I also mentioned that I was in search of an apron for the now infamous collection – and don’t you know, the next minute we found one. Must be fate!
I decided I needed more pictures – of course – so my new friends headed back to the ship. I took my pictures, and then I headed back for lunch, again finding a nice table outside in the shade. I just sat down when Carol and Brian joined me in the shade. All in all, it was a nice morning.
I spent the afternoon lounging by the pool. Some of my new table friends stopped by for a chat. I worked on blogs, and took a nap, listening to the salsa band. What a life!
I concluded my evening with dinner (cod fritters, leek and potato vichyssoise, pork medallions and chocolate mousse cake) and heading to the back of the ship for a set of sunset pictures. Here, I also met Ned and Linda from Boston who also like sunset pictures and they talked about getting one once with the green flash. We drank and talked until we got too cold to sit outside.
All in all, a nice day!