|Montevideo skyline, viewed from the north|
Special aside to my friends from New Jersey: you would find driving in Uruguay surprisingly similar to the Garden State. Lots of rotaries, jug handles and full-service gas stations only.
One crucial difference -- from New Jersey and any of the other 49 states -- is how incredibly polite Uruguayan drivers are. (Well, except for the woman in the Chevrolet Spark who flipped me off driving through Montevideo. I just smiled and waved.) They will often get over into the shoulder to let you pass. They yield at the rotaries. Drivers don't respect the sanctity of lanes, but they completely respect other drivers. It was surprisingly easy to drive here.
I got into Montevideo when the sun was still out. Since I was coming in from the west, and heading southward into the city, I got to see a different view of Montevideo. For example, I saw this building. The Telecommunications Tower, also known as the Torre Antel, or Torre de las Telecommunicaciones. It's the tallest building in all of Uruguay.
|Torre de las Telecommunicaciones|
This was a great vacation. It was not packed with nonstop action and sun-up to sundown sightseeing of incredible sights. But if a successful vacation is discovering a new place, experiencing a new culture, getting out from the stress of ordinary living, and recharging the mental battery, then this was a successful vacation.
I also finally got to snap a decent picture of the signature building of Montevideo: the Palacio Salvo.
|Palacio Salvo, viewed from Plaza Independencia|