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A rainy day in Punta del Este, Uruguay

The weather didn’t look promising when we woke up this morning in Punta del Este, Uruguay. It deteriorated from there. As the day progressed, sprinkles became drizzle became steady rain.

While it was still in the drizzle stage, we drove a few miles up the coast on the river side of Punta del Este. The picture above shows the peninsula with all the high-rises jetting out to the right. Ours is the last one on the right.

This is the point where drizzle turned to steady rain.

What do Kathryn and I do when it rains? We look at churches. The Cathedral of Saint Ferdinand of Maldonado, pictured above, is in Maldonado, just a few miles from Punta del Este. Maldonado is the capital of the department in which Punta del Este lies.

Here’s a photo of the main altar. Almost every time I visit a cathedral, I want to kick myself for forgetting to take a photo of the bishop’s throne — the cathedra — which is what makes it a cathedral. This time I got it by accident. It’s the high-backed wooden chair cut off on the right edge of the photo.

This looks like it should have been a spectacular side altar, but I don’t see anything indicating an altar at all. Hmm.

Anyway, after the rather brief pilgrimage, most of which was spent trying to parallel park in the busy center of Maldonado, we went to a nearby shopping mall, which was surprisingly quiet for a rainy day. Kathryn bought herself a nice gift from Uruguay, which she’s already wearing.

We had lunch back in Punta del Este, both of us ordering a chivito, which is the national sandwich here. It’s thin-sliced beef and ham and a fried egg with cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a soft roll. Then we returned the rental car early and decided to call it a day.

Somehow, shortly before sunset, the clouds parted for a while, and I was able to catch the sunset from the rear stairwell of our building.