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Montevideo, Uruguay

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The ship docked in Montevideo, Uruguay where the temperature was finally quite balmy. The city is quite tourist friendly and I believe this could be quite the up and coming city to visit in a few years. A free shuttle meets the ship and drops you off at a leather shop and you can hop back on a bus at the shop after you have walked around the city.

This is a very old city, not very clean and with much decay but with some interesting buildings that resembled many European cities. A small section of wall from early battle days still existed in the Plaza Independencia. A bus tour took us outside the city to a beautiful and wealthy residential area. The contrast to this part of Montevideo versus the downtown area was quite striking. Many public buildings and monuments were covered with grafiti.

We lucked upon an antique fair in the main square which was fun to browse through.

I was okay walking around but felt I needed to keep a certain sense of alertness as to my surroundings.

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