Fondest memory: The people in Montevideo are very friendly. The conference attendees were treated to many local shows by the local organizers (as shown in pictures). Even the Uruguayan president and vice-president came to our conference to deliver their speeches!
Fondest memory: The fondest memory for me was on the day we left Montevideo for America. Our taxi driver, after finding out we were soccer fans, told us that he used to play for the Miami team in the USA and his uncle used to play for the national soccer team of Uruguay. This is a country of about 3 million people, and in the past 50 years they have won 3 world cup soccer championships! He was so excited about our appreciation for soccer he took a detour and showed us the national soccer stadium. From his 'special connections' we were able to get inside the stadium and have a grand view of the grounds.
Favorite thing: La Feria de Tristán Narvaja ofrece en sus puestos discos y verdura fresca, antiguedades y peces de colores, pájaros y libros. En la calle Tristán Narvaja, a lo largo de siete cuadras desde su esquina con la Avenida 18 de Julio, todos los domingos entre las 9 de la mañana y hasta las 3 de la tarde funciona una versión rioplatense del legendario Rastro madrileño
get to know the people as soon as possible. Wherever you go in the world, there is always someone out there who is willing to help, to point you in the right direction, it helps to have an attractive blonde from California alongside, that's probably why they are known as the better half.
Fondest memory: This will sound off the wall, but we were very taken with the trash collection system which is entirely taken care of by a contingent of people who have their territories marked off amongst each other. They go out on a daily basis and pick up the trash from the homes, often from a receptacle that is tied around a tree, off the ground, so animals won't upset them.
When their route is completed, they bring the collection to a large median strip, sort through and salvage whatever they can, at the same time, collecting and sorting glass from tin cans, magazines and cardboard, and whatever is absolutely of no use to them is then taken to the garbage dump on the other side of the median strip.
These folks live directly across from the dump, so they are 'at home' in these surroundings. Thus the collection of garbage is free to the people of Montivideo, recycling and salvage is a specialty of this group who, as I understand it, are not poor but are considered industrious. Is that not a great way to see a city?
Actually, we asked for it. Whenever we visit a city, the person that you engage to take you around expects to take you to the finest areas. We always ask to be taken to the worst. This was his choice, it is always of interest to see both sides of the picture. Palaces, mosques, temples, fancy buildings, they are all interesting and have historical significance, but the real people are the ones' who make a city work, or not.
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Fondest memory: This is the cathedral located in that plaza... sorry for not taking more notes. Hahaha... but I was just hanging with my cousin taking all these shots.
Fondest memory: I heard they sold good Chivitos in that building right there! Well, down in the corner restaurant of that building.
Fondest memory: I forgot the name of this plaza, but my father owned a kiosko (little coffee shop/newstand) across the street from it. It used to be located where the Ministerio de Transporte is now located.
Favorite thing: This is the view of the city from a nearby hill. Montevideo is situated on the River Plate stuary and has several beaches. The water is cold, but at least much cleaner than in the Buenos Aires area.