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Friday, December 29, 2006

Montevideo, Uruguay

The marido and I had a conversation about whether people know anything about Uruguay. I don't. All I've learned was between the airport and the hotel. Montevideo is the capital. Don't ask me more!

Without googling or checking a book, what do you know about Uruguay? Anything? (Nothing is an acceptable answer. It's mine!)

We got on the plane in Buenos Aires, and it was hot. Not a little hot. A lot hot. Parents were taking clothes off their little kids and babies, putting water on their bodies and fanning them. The flight attendant said until we had clearance to land in Montevideo, they couldn't turn the engines on, and until the engines were on, the AC couldn't go on.

Then, there was a couple in the seats in front of us who just decided they would sit together. (After all, possession in 9/10ths of the law.) This displaced a number of other people, and it was crazy, but in the end, they were permitted to stay in those seats. (I would have moved them if I were the flight attendant, just out of pure annoyance.)

On to a city bus to go to the hotel with my big backpack and no seat on the bus. The driver was bad too, throwing everyone around and out of their seats. Not fun. But now we're here.

There are daytimer and calendar pages all over the sidewalks. I think it must be an end-of-year thing--rip all the pages out of last year's calendar and toss 'em up in the air or out the window. I'd whip my pages out of the hotel window if I had my calendar here, just to get into the spirit of things.

8 Comments:

Blogger meno said...

I'm afraid my answer is nothing as well.

I know what continent it's on, does that count?

7:03 PM  
Blogger KC said...

Montevideo. Yep, that's it.

Interesting tradition. Or was there an office-supply truck incident?

8:49 PM  
Blogger jen said...

nice.
i know that it almost rhymes with paraguay.

and I think it's landlocked? could be wrong about that but am too lazy to google it right now.

12:11 AM  
Blogger QT said...

I only know what I wrote in my last post about. Also, that either Cuidad or Punta del Este is supposed to be a big resort town. I guess I have an advantage in that my mom is from South America.

And jen, Montevideo has beautiful beaches. Bolivia, tho, does not : )

7:53 AM  
Blogger gr said...

My high school Spanish studied the country briefly and I can recall the pronunciation is something like 'ooowruguy'.
Glad I can help!

8:09 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

I'm in the nothing camp. That's my excellent geography and world knowledge schooling for you!

But, thanks to you, I'm pretty sure I'm going to know more than nothing about it in a post or two!

Have a great time.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Thailand Gal said...

Geez, I've hardly read or heard anything about Uraguay since the early 70s.. with the whole Nixon/Allende/CIA covert ops stuff going on. It's hard to remember all the details of that now. I guess I'd have to be included in the "not very much" category. LOL


Peace,

~Chani

1:56 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I've just caught up on your blog and it looks like you're having a great trip! Sounds like a place I'll have to visit some day.

9:22 PM  

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