Category Archives: Montevideo, Uruguay

The Rambla in Montevideo

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The Rambla of Montevideo is 17km long, a pedestrian boardwalk separating the road from the beach with many activities including groups sitting drinking mate socially.
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Only the beach are volleyball, futvolley (volleyball with soccer rules, no hands just feet, chest, and head), futball in bubbles, kitesurfing, wading in the water, and sunbathing.
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Constant calls of Helado (ice cream like gelato) from guys pushing carts across the sand.
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Montevideo Botanic Garden

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A basic collection of perennials from Uruguay, South America and other continents.

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Most of the plants were familiar, some I’d read about but not seen live, and a few were varieties of plants I hadn’t yet encountered.

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‘Cedron del Monte’ in the Uruguay section pictured here is native from Agentina to Texas.

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Sebastiania Blanquillo can apparently help remediate hydrocarbon spills after tests in Brazil.

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The greenhouse was neglected. I was surprised there are no volunteer groups keeping things up. Many of the plants signs were unreadable/missing.

I saw Cats Claw up close, every time I went to touch the leaves it clawed me.

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Interesting 1913 sculpture of a man with hands chained behind him and a woman.

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Alive! Museum of the Uruguayan rugby team 1972 plane crash

Welcomed by the museum founder, we saw real pictures and original artifacts from the crash. The founder was inspired by his best friend, one of the survivors, who reminded during a recent major recession that to survive winter at 4000 meters in the mountains, they discovered 100s burn just like 1s.

Of 45, after an avalanche, 16 survived 72 days to rescue, after eating the dead.

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The plane lost both wings at the top of a mountain. The mountaintop was the line between Argentina and Chile. The governments of Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina gave up the search after 10 days.

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One psychic was wrong about their location, another said with great accuracy where they would be. The governments said they had already searched there and no one could have survived, they would retrieve the bodies in spring.

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The plane crashed on Friday the 13th.
13 were killed instantly as the plane stopped abruptly.
13 waited for rescue (while 3 went for help).

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From Buenos Aires to Montevideo

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Our ship came in

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Bye bye Buenos Aires

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Cars offloading.

We picked up our bags off of an airline-like carousel and got on the bus in Colonia going to Montevideo.

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Windmills and GMO corn and soy, Uruguay looks like the middle of the US.

There were many block and mortar houses that would be considered tear downs outside the city.

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First glimpse of Montevideo

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The wheels on the bus…

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