Montevideo Travel Blog› entry 10 of 38 › view all entries
September 7th, 2007 – by: atropos10
Things in Montevideo are coming to a close. Yesterday, I bought my bus ticket to Santa Fe, Argentina (an arbitrary choice influenced by the bus schedule rather than any particular knowledge of the place) and today, I had my last Spanish class.
I have mixed feelings about leaving Montevideo. On one hand my legs are beginning to itch and I am excited to move forward with my trip and experience new places, on the other I am sad to leave behind all of the amazingly kind and wonderful people I have met here. Montevideo is not the cultural juggernaut of Buenos Aires but the beach and the colonial buildings make it a pleasant place to visit. The pace of Montevideo is a bit slower and more relaxed than Buenos Aires and the people are always helpful and friendly.
I will certainly miss my conversations will my hostess Maria. She is an extremely interesting woman who has travelled many places and explored many things. I enjoyed staying in her house immensely. I had a great time exploring the countryside and culinary delights of Uruguay with Carol, who was so kind to me. My Spanish teachers, particularly Luis, were always patient and willing to listen to me destroy the verb tenses of Spanish. Last night I went out to a bar with one of my classmates, Masimi, who works at the Japanese embassy here. I took a taxi home and realised how much my Spanish has improved. I was able to direct the driver to my house, agree on a price and even have a bit of small talk where I understood everything he said. The taxi driver who took me to the ferry in Buenos Aires two weeks ago was convinced that I was French because I used words from every language I knew to communicate with him.
My bus for Argentina leaves tomorrow evening and will deposit me in Santa Fe at approximately 4 30 in the morning after a ten hour bus ride leaving Uruguay through Paysandu.
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