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Published: March 25th 2009
At the yearly Gaucho festival in San Jose, an hour outside of Montevideo
I had a busy weekend. I arrived in Montevideo in time to get dressed for a Tango concert at the Theatre del Solis in the historic part of Montevideo. Strange to be one of the people going out in the same area as the hotel last week. The inside of the theatre was grand, something out of the past, a bit like the Royal Albert. The music was traditional tango by various artists. Later we went out for pizza. Who knew pizza in Uruguay was so tasty?
The next day we headed to San Jose for a gaucho festival. 1000 horses and riders congregated at the park near the zoo. It was tricky walking for many reasons. ha ha Before the parade dignitaries met to hear the national anthem and then the flag was raised. We watched the gauchos parade past, on to the main plaza. There, we visited the cathedral.
Later we had grilled beef and salad and returned to Montevideo.
The next day we walked to Holocaust memorial near the beach. If you go, make sure you enter the correct way, and can read Spanish (or go with someone who can). This memorial was created to fit into the
Behind me is the President´s box in the Theatre del Solis
coastal landscape and is quite moving.
Sunday afternoon I took the bus to Punta del Este (think Miami Beach) for two days. (next blog) Currently I am back in La Polamo.
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