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Uruguay day 2 – Going to Montevideo

Posted by on July 13, 2011

Well, it was another bus trip. Good thing it was short one but I ended up sleeping most of it for about 2-3 hours. I didn’t know why I was so tired but I was. Must have been the warmer weather as I was getting closer to Brazil. After getting into the hotel, I walked out with Guillerme to go to the Brazilian consulate as I didn’t have a visa for Brazil. I couldn’t get one in time back in the United States and ended up getting some help in obtaining one while I was traveling. Once I got into the Brazilian consulate with all the necessary paperwork ahead of time, I ended up meeting one of the officials, who with Guillerme’s help of speaking Portuguese and vouching on my behalf, accepted all the documentation. Unlike in the US where it would take 2-4 weeks to get a visa, I would get my visa in 2 days! I was amazed and even though it would be more expensive, I would never get this back home in the US!

Uruguayan parilla, food of Uruguay, meat, steak, sausage, pork, grilled, asadoWith the thought of being able to enter Brazil with no issues, I was in the mood to celebrate by eating some good food. For lunch, I ate this Uruguayan variety version of a parilla which was a mix of various meats such as lamb, chicken, pork, and beef. Meat is one of Uruguay’s specialties just like Argentina and it is just as good depending on who you ask. I think the food tasted better because I knew I was getting a visa!

Uruguayan parilla, food of Uruguay, meat, steak, sausage, pork, grilled, asado, mixed foods

Plate full of mixed meat, Uruguayan style

Because I missed out on the orientation walk because of my dealings at the Brazilian consulate, I walked around Montevideo on my own to see what this city could offer.

Montevideo main plaza, Uruguay

Montevideo's main plaza - this city was huge!

Montevideo main plaza, Uruguay, gate relic

It looked like to me a memorial gate of some kind

Montevideo main plaza, Uruguay, restaurants

The stroll of restaurants reminded me of Buenos Aires and Colonia - lots of good places for good food!

I finally found a wooden box for the toy motorcycle that I bought in Buenos Aires because the next day I wouldn’t get a chance to explore any more as the group would be going together to an Estancia, an Uruguayan ranch for the next several days.

Cool motorcycle made of wires

Looks like James' motorcycle is going to be safe in a nice wooden box.