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Published: August 30th 2005
Jody and i decided to take a side trip to Uruguay ..sorry, my camera died right as we got there so i have like four pictures... we went to montevideo and colonia. they are very close to buenos aires. colonia is a small town that has the colonial town feeling from the 1700s.. not much to do there.. small houses, no big buildings.. the pace of life is a lot slower. and the locals do things the more old fashion way.. so we spent like 3 hours walking the town then caught a bus to montevideo. it is about 2 hours away. the drive was pretty. lots of green hills.. and cows and horses. like a country side.
montevideo, in my opion, is boring. the capitol is very small. even though it holds more than half of the country population. they have one main street that has all th shops and historical buildings. the buildings are older than Buenos aires but still have some influence from europe like spanish and portugese. the buildings are not as tall or decorated. montevideo sits on a penisula and is surrounded by water. when i went the water was brown and not pretty, but i went during winter and right before a storm.
one good thing about montevideo is that the city is very safe. it has the second lowest crime rate in a major city anywhere in the world. and it is really easy to walk around becuase it is so small. but the town shuts down at 630pm.. everything closes except resturants and hardly anyone is on the streets after sunset. jody and i ate at a really nice seafood place.. had really good shrimp and dinner and desert. the total came to like 700 urugain pesos... so 350 each.. divide by 24.. and we had a feast that would of cost $80 US for $15... it was nice. also went to the only casino the country. nothing big just slot machines.. i had some luck.. made a profit of about $185 pesos!! which is a little less than $7.70US
one more thing.. they talk the same as Buenos aires with the accent and everything. except their voice is alot lower and they talk a lot faster. they dont annunciate and they blend their words.
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