The famous concrete sculpture La Mano rises out of the sand at Playa Brava in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Photo taken October 2017.
A few hours short of seventeen days, and we’re back in our own home. A cold beer has been cracked, a first load of laundry has been started, and our bed is waiting.
After a nice breakfast and a long morning walk through the city here in Montevideo, Kathryn and I are having a bit of a siesta in preparation for what will likely be an enormous steak lunch. That gives me time to post several leftover photos from Punta del Este. Just a few blocks from our … Continue reading Photographs from Punta del Este, Uruguay
Now that we’re back in Uruguay for the last few days of our South America trip, I thought I’d share an interesting value-added tax scheme being used to promote tourism in Uruguay. Apparently, if you dine at a restaurant in Uruguay and pay with a non-Uruguayan credit or debit card, the value-added tax or VAT— which … Continue reading Value-added tax refund scheme for foreigners in Uruguay
We’re on the road again, retracing our steps from Punta del Este back to Montevideo. It’s bittersweet, as we’re now moving closer to the end of our trip both in time and in space. We’ll be spending our last two nights in Uruguay in the same guest house we stayed in when we arrived. The … Continue reading On the bus back to Montevideo, 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 … Continue reading A rainy day in Punta del Este, Uruguay
I’m up a bit early on our third morning in Punta del Este, Uruguay, after our drive yesterday to Jose Ignacio. I’ve opened one shade so I can see the waves crashing on the rocky shore on the Atlantic side of the peninsula. The sand is wet from the overnight rain. The sky is a … Continue reading Driving along the Uruguayan coast, Punta del Este to Jose Ignacio
Our stay in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, was rather short, less than twenty-four hours. However, the charming old barrio is compact, so tourists can take in the highlights in a few hours. Some even visit as a day trip from Montevideo by bus or from Buenos Aires by ferry. The weather during our brief visit … Continue reading A few photographs from Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
For those of you who don’t know us personally, Kathryn and I don’t really dress up when we go out to dinner — or anywhere else, for that matter. We assume that’s at least part of the reason why, in the United States, when we show up at a restaurant, we’re typically given a table … Continue reading Dining in South America: Would you mind sitting by the window?
Today we walked down the street from our apartment in Punta del Este to a small park at the mouth of the Plata River, where a Uruguayan flag more or less marks the southernmost point in Uruguay. Unfortunately the wind wasn’t cooperating with my photography. Although I recognized this right away as being the southernmost … Continue reading Southernmost point in our journeys, Punta del Este, Uruguay
We arrived in Punta del Este, Uruguay, late yesterday afternoon and took a short taxi ride to our rental apartment. As is often the case with any sort of online booking, you don’t know what you’re getting until you get there. The location is excellent. We’re on the eleventh floor of a high-rise near the … Continue reading Arrived at our apartment in Punta del Este, Uruguay
Our short stay in Colonia del Sacramento is coming to an end. We’ve checked out of the hotel here and are waiting at the bs terminal for a ride to Montevideo. We won’t be there long; we have onward tickets to Punta del Este and a small apartment reserved there for the next several nights. … Continue reading Waiting for a bus, onward to Punta del Este
We’ve checked into our hotel in Colonia del Sacramento. We’re on our way out to explore the historic city and, with a bit of luck, figure out how to get to our next destination.
We’ve finally boarded the ferry. It’s late, naturally. We chose a different company this time, and it’s a much nicer vessel.
We’ve just finished a long breakfast at our hotel in Buenos Aires. The ferry from Colonia del Sacramento was a much smaller vessel than I expected. Luckily I didn’t get seasick; I’ve had issues in the past, though usually on slower moving boats. The arrival at the port yesterday afternoon was a bit aggravating. Buenos … Continue reading After the ferry from Uruguay, first morning in Buenos Aires
We’re having lunch at the bus terminal in Montevideo, Uruguay, waiting for a bus to Colonia del Sacramento, which will transfer us to a high-speed ferry to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Buying the ferry tickets online was a challenge I found far too overwhelming. Even when I could read the website, I’d get through all the … Continue reading Taking the bus-ferry combo from Montevideo to Buenos Aires
After about twenty hours of traveling, including an overnight flight, our first day in Montevideo should have been a throwaway. We did have a short power nap when we arrived, but shortly after that we began a walking tour of our neighborhood and the surrounding areas. Two blocks from the guest house we found Teatro … Continue reading Montevideo, our first day of sightseeing in photographs
Earlier today we ventured a short walk from the guest house to the Montevideo Port Market, which has been referred to as “Disneyland for carnivores.” Once inside, we spent perhaps a half-hour walking from stall to stall, watching the masters work their grills and attempting to gauge how happy their customers appeared. The wood smoke … Continue reading Lunchtime protein orgy at the Montevideo Port Market
We’ve arrived at our guest house in the Ciudad Vieja area of Montevideo, after passing through the ultramodern and quite efficient international airport here. The host has given us the lay of the land, and we’re probably going to rest a bit before exploring. We’re impressed with what we’ve already seen.
We should be heading to our departure area right now, but the flight to Montevideo has been delayed yet again. The manager came around to let us know the lounge stays open late when flights to South America are delayed. We’ve used all our premium drink coupons, so we may have to switch to well … Continue reading Temporary stay
We’re safely on the ground in Miami. I already like the Admirals Club lounge here better than the one in Phoenix; this one gave us each two premium drink coupons when we arrived. As far as beer goes, anything better than Budweiser is considered premium. I do miss US Airways. It looks like our flight … Continue reading Chilling in Miami
We’re in our seats for the leg to Miami. Everything is running smoothly so far.
Kathryn has been wearing me down for the past week, trying to get me to upgrade to business class on the leg to Montevideo. After witnessing considerable stompy-footing at the airport, I caved. The good news is, with an international business-class boarding pass, we can use the first-class lounge. Just think, if I order only … Continue reading Another upgrade story
Our trip to Uruguay is officially underway. We’ve passed the TSA checkpoint, which for me is the most stressful part of air travel. Like a woman who stands by an abusive boyfriend, I’ve learned that if I’m submissive enough, the high school dropout working the body scanner will let me go without molesting my genitals. … Continue reading TSA: one’s dignity is a small price to pay for fascism