Estamos en Montevideo

We spent 8 Days in Montevideo… our longest stay in one place on the whole trip so far… what can I say, apart from it’s a good job we liked it!! Although, I have to admit that ‘like’ is a bit of an understatement – for my part – I LOVED it… I even went so far as to start researching ESL jobs there… what can I say it was awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Translates as ‘I love my suburb Montevideo’ – I’m not alone in liking Monetvideo heaps!

We spent our days in an Airbnb in the suburb of Cordรณn, and felt right at home… it was close to a supermarket, and a short walk from the Park Rodo and the Rambla… we even had a craft beer placeย  (which would have been rude not to try) on our street, and a fruit and veg market on our street on Tuesdays too ๐Ÿ™‚ what a fab location ๐Ÿ™‚ Our host was cool too… check out the welcome message and recommendations he left us in the airbnb…

Our welcome message… we only managed to try one of the recommendations (Hey Chopp) but it was a lovely touch and we appreciated it ๐Ÿ™‚

We liked the markets in Montevideo… on our first full day we went to Feria de Tristan Narvaja.. it was a huge street market, and I swear you could buy everything you could possibly want/need – from antiques to clothes to food and drink they had it all ๐Ÿ™‚ It was here that I understood that a vego could not just survive in Uruguay but that a vego could really enjoy food!

Yum… vego food at the market… PB even went vego as the offering was just too good!!!

We also liked strolling along the rambla… there was a nice beach – playa Ramรญrez – not far from our apartment, and it was a geat place to people watch ๐Ÿ™‚

The beach by the rambla… check out the sport players… looks like some kind of disk-based boule game – will that be me and PB in 20 years!?! We enjoy barefoot bowling already so I guess we’re almost there!!!

Further along the rambla is a more famous beach – Playa de los Pocitos – which was another nice place to relax.

The famous Playa de los Pocitos

It’s also cool as there is a big sign on a hill nearby that says MONTEVIDEO… I like signs that announce where you are, although I’m not quite sure why they exist as I’m not sure how you wouldn’t know where you are… especially when they’re so generic?!?

I thought I was in Buenos Aires but now it’s clear I made a mistake… We’re in the big smoke of Uruguay… Montevideo… Playa de los Pocitos is in the background.

Walking to Pocitos wasn’t far enough… we continued on… I take full responsibility for this, as I’d read an article about food in Uruguay, and it told me that the best tortas fritas in Montevideo were just a little past Pocitos on the waterfront by a skatepark… It was shut when we arrived ๐Ÿ™ But when we returned they looked like they were opening so we hung around… 45 minutes later, we were very cold and hungry, but then things took a turn for the better as the shutters opened…

According to a random article on the net – this is where you get the best tortas fritas in town!

Did Pepe El Rey de las torta fritasย really serve the best torta frita? In a word… NO!…ย  but, hey they were pretty good, and after that wait we deserved one!!!

The Rambla stretches for kilometres… and as we had so much time in the city we decided to also take a stroll out east… The eastern suburbs were pretty nice… our route took us through the suburbs and then back along the rambla ๐Ÿ™‚

A cool looking church in the eastern suburbs
A beach in the east
Cool art near Malvin beach
I thought I was just getting a double expresso… Eastern suburbs rock – they know how to serve a coffee… i.e. with sparkling water, orange juice and a meringue ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

We also saw some of the more traditional Montevidean sights, as we spent a day in the old town and the central area. They were pretty touristy but were nice to stroll around (during the day!!)… Central was home to my favourite building too…

El palacio Salvo… my favourite building… hope you like it too ๐Ÿ™‚

We also went up the Antel Communications tower which was cool, and afforded great views over the city ๐Ÿ™‚

The telecommunications tower that you can go up for FREE!!!
The legislative assembly from the top of the tower
A view of the city from the tower

Then there was the agricultural market… craft beer ๐Ÿ™‚ and tortas fritas and much much more – if I’d already secured that ESL job I would have been shopping there for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

Montevideo is also where our mate habit became serious… the thermos in the airbnb just didn’t pour well, so we went out and bought one!!! Mate culture in Uruguay is a bit different to other places… but more about that in another post…

Still not sure when I’m moving to Montevideo, but I will definitely be back… this big smoke with a little town feel was fab ๐Ÿ™‚

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