Noel partaking of the local drink, mate. The expression on his face suggests it is not his favourite!
Not a very exciting day to write about, today. Got the bus back to Montevideo and went home to Cyr and Johnny`s. Spent the day catching up on clothes washing, lounging about and watching TV!
Bit more exciting today! Caught the bus into town this morning and wandered around for a bit. Saw an ad for a Toyota Corolla being filmed, looks like it will be screened in Puerto Rico because had those number plates. Cyr tells us that lots of ads are made in Montevideo because the buildings are fairly non-descript and the weather is relatively stable, also costs are quite low compared to other places. Visited the National Historical Museum, which is within the house that General Rivera lived in.
Some of the drummers at Vicky´s birthday party.
Only the bottom level was open due to renovations, so didn´t take very long. Saw the original funerary urn of Artigas
, which is almost the same as the one he now rests in at the Mausoleum. Also went to the Torres Garcia Museum in a lovely old building with parquet floors at the entrance to the Ciudad Vieja. The museum is over two floors and gives lots of information about the artist´s life. Everything is in Spanish (fair enough, being probably more aimed at educating locals about one of their more famous exports), but would be good if they had something in English because Torres Garcia is not unknown to the rest of the world. The Gurvich Museum was also very interesting, with two floors of Gurvich exhibition and the top floor with temporary exhibitions.
One of the streets making up the Tristan Navarja market.
Gurvich spent his early years in Montevideo and then moved away, never to return, spending much of the rest of his life in Israel. He has quite a religious bent to much of his work, and interesting to search the paintings for little Jewish symbols or figures, some of which blend in quite a bit. Next door to the Museo Gurvich is the Cathedral, and for a national church, is quite plain compared to many others we´ve seen (which is very refreshing!). Met our friends Ignacio and Juan and indulged in chivitos for lunch (yummy type of hamburger), then walked down Av. 18 de Julio to visit a couple of the artisan markets. This evening Cyr, Johnny and Davier and his girlfriend went to see a stand-up comedy show while we wandered around the Montevideo Shopping Centre, and then we all went to a birthday party near the port.
A streetside asado stall, enjoyed a delicious choripan from here.
Very fortuitous, because the birthday girl told me that one of my old exchange student friends was trying to reach me (a long story, but she knows someone who knows someone!). There were some fabulous drummers at the birthday party, so quite a beat going on during the evening.
After our late night at the party, we were very impressed with ourselves at getting up at 9.30am!! We caught the bus into town to meet Ignacio and visit the Tristan Navarja market, a huge street market that covers blocks and blocks of Montevideo´s centre. You can buy everything here from pets (including lizards and spiders and tiny puppies in cardboard boxes) to clothes to antiques to food to anything else you can think of! We spent most of the day just wandering around. We bought a mate and bombilla for our souvenir collection, and then went for a chivito. Afterwards, indulged in coffee and cake before heading home to pack our bags. Had a wonderful evening with Cyrl, Johnny, Davier and two of their friends. Davier cooked his special stew (a recipe of his grandfather´s), which was so good people took pictures of him with his creation! A terrific way to end our stay in Montevideo.