Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Saga Continues

After a relaxing morning in the hotel, recovering from a long journey, and maybe a little too much wine at dinner, we ventured out to buy our tickets for the rapido boat ride to Colonia, Uruguay on Friday.
It is now 5PM and we have just returned to the hotel after a busy day of flaneuring through Microcentro, Congresso, and San Telmo. We had a late lunch (by our standards) at Museo del Jamon, yep, you guessed it, the Museum of Ham. First it is not a museum, although they do have a lot of hams hanging in exhibition. Check the link. I had a tortilla con gambas (like a fritatta with shrimp) which was very good. Frank had Fabada (white beans, and sausage in a tomato sauce). Lunch took 1 1/2 hours - oh so very civilized!
We took our first ride on the Subte, or subway, riding is one of the remaining old wooden trains. Very interesting, and a fast way to travel any distance.
We have found all the people very friendly and helpful. The restaurant staff is very professional, but friendly at the same time. And they help us along with our limited Spanish.
We both enjoy walking the streets, taking in the sights and sounds of a city, and trying to absorbe some of the local atmosphere and culture. So far, we have been successful.
Now for a low-light, the opposite of highlights. We walked past a Hooters and TGI Fridays in the port area today; an area of old warehouses now occupied by many fine restaurants. These two were so out of place. And as most of you know, when I am traveling in a foreign country, I dislike the ¨Americanization¨ of any country. That is my soapbox for the day.
Otherwise, we are having a great time. It is hard to realize that we are in South America, south of the equator for the first time. It is winter here, but the weather has been great with clear skies, and temps in the mid 40s to mid 60s. Perfecto I say!

Chau for now

1 comment:

Paul said...

Well, at least it wasn't a KFC/Pizza Hut directly opposite the Pyramids at Giza. ;-)

I'd like to visit the Museum of Ham. Yum!