A detour to Wisconsin on our way through Uruguay.
Montevideo Travel Blog› entry 233 of 251 › view all entries
September 16th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
Today we had to drive from Colonia to Montevideo, but first we set off in the opposite direction. Steve and I wanted to check out Aarón de Anchorena, a National Park just 30km on the other side of Colonia.
As we got near the park it became clear to both of us that we had somehow been transported to Wisconsin. Green hills dotted with cows and the occasionally copse of virgin forest rolled out around us. Men in old Ford pickup trucks drove by slowly, on the way to deliver a calf or fix a fence, I imagine. A pastoral poem. Just like Wisconsin.
We pulled into the empty parking lot and joked about being the first to arrive again, not guessing that the park was actually CLOSED.
The drive to Montevideo was uneventful. Just past Colonia the skies became gray and dreary, but things brightened up a bit as we got into Montevideo. We passed by the garbage heaps and trashed buildings on the outskirts, skirted the bleak waterfront, and drove all the way to the other side of Montevideo. Our new hotel, The Best Western, is in a nice neighborhood, right on the beach. It seems much better than Old Town.
After checking into our room, we headed out in a search for food. This took us through a bit of our neighborhood, called Carrasco. It’s pretty residential, and newer, and nice. We found a grocery store for supplies, and then we had a picnic on a bench near the beach. We topped this off with free welcome drinks back in our room (they gave us a sweet Uruguayan wine called Medio y Medio), and prepared for yet another travel day. Tomorrow: a return to Argentina!
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!