We never really planned to see Uruguay. It sounds like it would be amazing during the summer but we were in their winter so all these beaches are rendered somewhat useless during this period. The beaches were still very nice but I can stroll along windy, rainy beaches at home. I am glad we saw Montevideo though. We decided to go to Montevideo as a visa run. Our visa was expiring from Argentina so we wished to get a fresh one. For those who do not know, you can just leave the country for ten minutes and return to extend your visa. We had plans to travel Patagonia and then go all the way up north so we required more time on our visa.
We arrived in Montevideo and just chilled out after a manic few days in Buenos Aires. We got a 8-10 hour bus from BA to Montevideo. The hostel we stayed in had an extensive DVD collection which we made the most of. I spoke about being able to walk on cold beaches back home but we made the most of the DVDs. There are no DVDs at home, Brian? Is this hypocritical? Yes, most likely. It has a lot to do with laziness. Walking on beaches takes considerable amounts of energy while watching DVDs takes less. Fun fact. We rented bikes and cycled up and down the coast which was a lot of fun. Montevideo is a relatively big city that is beside the coast.
You have an excellent contrast with high rise buildings to the left and beaches to the right. Myself and Omar set up a biker gang. “Biker $lutzz”. Needless to say, 2 adults cycling around wearing shorts were very intimidating.
As huge football fans, Uruguay was always going to interest us. The very first FIFA World Cup was held here in 1930. We went to the Estadio Centerario (where the first World Cup Final was held) and the museum that was inside. It was a brilliant day out. The museum was fascinating. Getting the chance to see the very first World Cup trophy was pretty sweet. We got the opportunity to walk around the stadium also which was great fun. We were allowed in the press room which we thoroughly enjoyed. We pretended to field some difficult questions from the press. Well worth a look when in Montevideo
We were planning to explore more of Uruguay but the weather was fairly rotten and it was far from cheap. Our desire to explore Patagonia was growing. While evacuating
The FIFA mascot takes a sinister turn when someone is cowering below it. Menacing.
MacDonalds one night in the lashing rain, Omar thought he would be clever and “cool” by jumping over a massive puddle. He did not make it and nearly drowned. It was a hilarious moment. I know this has no relevance to anything but I know if he reads this, he will not be impressed. This makes sense but I found it surreal at the time
Our hostel in Montevideo was pretty empty but we did meet two interesting Irish guys. They met for the first time in the airport. One of them posted questions on boards.ie about travelling around south america for a few months and typed up his route. The other guy read this and also had the same route planned. So, they decided to travel together. That is so weird, aint it? When we asked how they knew eachother and said through the internet, I assumed it was a joke. I have joked that me and omar met on a dating site while away.
They didnt even seem to get along very well. I can imagine there being big problems for them soon. One seemed really nice and cool but one was a big country lad. I can imagine him describing himself as great banter when in reality, he hasnt much of a personality and makes crap slags at other people. We had a few drinks with them and exchanged some stories. It was good fun. So, we did not do a whole lot in Montevideo but it was an entertaining trip nonetheless!