Montevideo Travel Blog› entry 88 of 177 › view all entries
Had a very enjoyable sleep in today, before heading out with Cyr and Johnny around Montevideo. They took us to the Cerro, from where you get a wonderful view of the whole city and the bay. En route we stopped at the Memorial to the Disappeared Detainees from during the dictatorship. Johnny pointed out the name of one of his professors - these things become so much more moving when you can actually put a real person against the writing. The man had been in charge of the funds for a political group, and was taken just because the secret police wanted the money - apparently there was very little political motive about many of the abductions, it was just a financial exercise for the abductors. We visited the fort at the top of the Cerro, which is full of history about Uruguay with lots about the various battles and the hero Artigas.
We then made our way back down to the port where we stopped for lunch at the Mercado del Puerto. The actual building is lovely, an old train station that was actually destined for Buenos Aires but was commandeered by the Uruguayans customs people en route for their own use. It is now full of parrilla restaurants and some shops. Saturday lunchtime is very busy, so fascinating to watch all the waiters running around like chooks without heads (as we say in Aus!). After our lovely meal, we headed home for a siesta before going out to a dance show at El Milongon. The show performs the different types of song and dance popular in Uruguay, so we got a taster of candombe, tango and folklore. This is not the type of thing we would normally have gone to ourselves, but it was actually extremely good and well worth visiting for the overview of Uruguayan musical culture. Cyr and Johnny had never been before either, so it worked out well for all of us. Drove home in the rain via a chivito for dinner - first rain we´ve seen in a couple of months.