To answer my own questions in previous posts, I found Montevideo to be very
safe. My first impressions of my neighborhood were skeptical, but I quickly
realized this is a safe area. In fact, I felt quite comfortable wherever I went,
and I walked in almost every area, even in some slum areas. Even late at night I
walked some streets I was warned to avoid, no problem. I guess there is always a
potential for crime as in any area, but non was encountered. I stayed at the
Apart/Hotel Bremen located in the Palermo section of the city close to the
Barrio Sur area. The owner and staff were very accommodating and knowledgeable.
They also run a German style restaurant that is very good and has live
I found a pocket map made by "Eureka". I purchased both the pocket version and
the fold out version. The pocket version has all the bus routes , which turned
out to be a quite useful, although you may need a portable electron microscope
to read some of it, well worth the 99 pesos.
Public phones are okay when using a phone card, but I found it better to just
use an Antel phone store, there was very little delay when calling home ( U.S. )
and there were no wasted minutes as with a calling card. The price was exactly
the same as well.
Overall I found Montevideo to be quite nice. I almost walked the entire City.
The people were friendly, the food was good and plentiful. Although I may be a
bit biased, having been born there. The Ciudad Vieja is very cool. I spent most
of my free nights roaming that area. There are lots of stray dogs walking about, but they
never bother anybody. In fact I saw a German Shepard cross a busy 4 lane highway
like an expert, better than most humans.
I?ll definitely be back
Here is photo link http://www.pbase.com/zallakab1/montevideo_uruguay My fondest memory of my visit to Montevideo would have to be seeing my Aunt ,Uncles & first cousins for the first time since I was 3 years old. ( I was 45 during my visit. ) Seeing the hospital where I was born, and walking by my parents first house. I should have made this trip 25 years ago!