Two of the Hostel workers
Went to Montevideo
for Semana Santa, and the entire place was a complete ghost town from Friday to Sunday. Almost everything was shut down when we got in during the morning. However our hostel, Red Hostel, was very nice and the workers were friendly. Since there wasn't much to do because everything, including museums were closed, we went to one of the Municipal beaches. The water was really dirty so we just passed out on the sand, however there were vendors yelling "Manzana, manzana, manzana" and "HELLLAAADDDOOOOO" for about two hours straight.
On Saturday, we went walking down to the seaside mini-amusement park, but it was closed so we just ate lunch at one of the open restaurant and the server informed us that the Ferria Criolla was open for Semana Santa, but only after 4pm.
Walking along the Rio de la Plata
..that's also when the park opened. We went back to the hostel and took naps and around 4 headed over to the ferria, it was actually worth it. Had to pay a little bit to get in, but there were regional vendors selling mermalades and other products. There was also a display of traditional dances, which were interesting...and just a whole bunch of trinkets to go shopping for. That night, we went out with the hostel to a place called Pony Pisador, on one side of the street it was a restaurant but when you crossed over to the other side of the street there was a boliche. We went with almost everyone from the hostel and there was a live band for part of the time, so it was quite an enjoyable experience. The cover charge also included a drink.
Sunday, of course, was easter. So, still everything was closed and so we sat around playing cards all day. On Monday, the last day we had there people came back to the city and it was bustling! We walked around trying to find one of the museums and just to look at the city. There were lots of little ferrias with trinkets to buy and nice views o the city. We went to the Catedral towards the old city, and it was pretty. Nothing too spectacular but certainly not dingy. After that, caught the bus to Colonia and then BuqueBus to Buenos Aires.