A Gent’s Photo Diary From a Week in Montevideo, Uruguay

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Greetings,

I’m writing this with a smile as the sun is shining over Montevideo, Uruguay. I really do quite like it here and could easily spend a month hanging out, eating steaks and going for frequent seawall strolls to see what’s occurring…. That said, the show must go on and my goal isn’t just to find somewhere sufficient and live happily ever after in some routine; it’s to see the world and feel that priceless sensation of seeing somewhere for the first time and being glad you took the trek to get there…

These photos are from a wonderful week I spent here Montevideo.;  hard to leave this place but glad I came.

I did a halfway decent job of seeing a good chunk of the city but most of the photos are from in and around Pocitos or my trip to Old Town with a stop at Plaza Independencia. If you do come to Montevideo, I’d recommend staying in Pocitos, it’s a nice area with all the amenities you need and the seawall is solid. I enjoyed the seawall early morning but if you want to see it in all its glory, hit it up mid afternoon just before sunset actually and it seems like half the city is there.

While here, do try the steak. Whether you eat at some fancy restaurant or grill it on some cue in the backyard, it will probably be some of the best beef you’ve ever tasted. Seriously, you can’t go wrong and it’s so cheap it makes you almost confused. Hmmmm, is that steak really roughly the price of a chocolate bar? If you really want a crazy experience go to Mercado del Puerto and eat at one of those barbeques. They look sensational and it came recommended from a friend.  If you’re with a few friends though, you can’t go wrong cooking your own, especially if one of such said friends is Uruguayan…

Apart from that, I’ve found the people here to be quite warm and welcoming albeit a bit guarded. I will note though that living in Pocitos has been a bit of a treat and if you were to say book a room in Old Town; you’d probably feel like you were held hostage at night. I got a bad vibe from that spot mid-afternoon so can only imagine once the lights go out. Apart from that, basic awareness is needed but it had a decidedly less devious vibe than Buenos Aires and beyond glad to have gotten so well acquainted with it.

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When leaving somewhere you really like always remember that if you hadn’t left the last spot, you’d of never found it…

Tips hat,

P.S: Big thanks to my new local friends in Montevideo, it’s been fun!!

20 Comments

  1. the welsh wizard

    December 4, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Really like the pics.

    • Rob

      December 4, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Thanks, I really like the steaks! Staying another day for a final fiesta.

  2. Milene - My Cup of Travel

    December 4, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Awesome! I’ll definitely make sure to visit Montevideo… Thanks for sharing :D

    • Rob

      December 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Pleasure and worth the trip for sure. :)

  3. Jeremy

    December 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Looks like a really nice place, very BA-esque.

    • Rob

      December 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Indeed, good sir.

  4. James Shannon

    December 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Europe meets America look with cheap-as-chips steak? Sign me up! Hopefully with the plans I have afoot for the next 18 months, this area will be on my itinerary :)

    • Rob

      December 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      That’s the plan and when you get there, have a thick steak for SHABL. ;)

  5. Ayngelina

    December 5, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Awesome insights into Uruguay, thanks for this :)

    • Rob

      December 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Pleasure and a really cool spot.

  6. Cam

    December 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Ah, your photos bring back some great memories. I love the slow cooking BBQ style in Uruquay. Looks like a fun trip!

    • Rob

      December 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Indeed, tempted to describe the city as simply delicious.

  7. Clint

    December 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Great photos, Rob! I was in Uruguay last January but had to skip Montevideo entirely (unfortunately). Only spent time in Jose Ignacio but it was amazing. Uruguay should be added to everyone’s list.

    • Rob

      December 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      I’ve heard amazing things about Jose Ignacio. Supposedly it’s kinda like what this place was like before lots of new money poured in and turned it into a city from a seaside town.

  8. flips

    December 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    hey bud… new email BTW… I have been trying to get my wife to move Montevideo for years now.. her company have a sattelite office there. How much fun would that be. Phil’s charters mmmmm sounds like a dream… Nice pics….

    • Rob

      December 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      It would be amazing and I’d be couchsurfing while getting fat with you eating steaks like it’s our job. Seriously, look into switching and I better know when you launch those charters as I plan to be on the maiden voyage.

  9. Georgina AKA 'Uruguayan Beef Master''

    December 6, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Sounds like I’m ‘THE BEEF MASTER’ Super cool. Now i got to understand how male foreigns appreciate Female BBQ skills more while Uruguayan Men say that BBQ and roasting beef is a ‘guys thing’. Biggest lie EVER.

  10. Rebecca

    December 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Uruguay isn’t a place you read about on many blogs, so thanks for the insights. The meat looks amazing!

  11. Dan

    December 23, 2013 at 1:37 am

    This is fascinating to me. I have only talked to one other person in my life who has been there… it sounds amazing and yet; rarely makes people’s travel list. I am hoping for a S. America tour in the next couple years; I will add Montevideo to the itinerary! Thanks for the pictures … and making me hungry.

    • Rob

      December 23, 2013 at 6:59 am

      Pleasure and most just breeze through Uruguay to beaches or skip it because its’ considerably more expensive than Argentina. That said, I didn’t find it too bad but hit it a few weeks before high season…

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