Back in Buenos Aires after our visit to Uruguay we had an apartment from airbnb that was both large and comfortable in the Las Cañitas neighborhood. The location was very good, both close to the subway and a lot of restaurants. We stayed in Buenos Aires for a week. On the sunday we went to the Feria de San Telmo, a huge market where you could buy more or less anything from old tools to hand painted signs in classical Argentinean style.
We did not buy anything as we know that if we did we would have to carry it around the rest of the trip, but it was still a lot of fun to see all the possible and impossible things people were selling.
Montevideo and Uruguay is renowned for their free range beef. In the 1500s cattle was introduced from the neighboring countries and allowed to roam freely because the land was not too attractive to settle at that moment. The cattle prospered in the wild and were soon in the millions. Now meat is one of the most important industries of Uruguay, and it is all grass fed, without both antibiotics and growth hormone. The way it should be done.
In Montevideo in the port there is a place called Mercado del Puerto. It is a hall of different restaurants offering classic barbecue, called Parilla. Most of the restaurants offer more or less the same menu, at similar prices. We sat down at the third one we walked by, mainly because the waiter caught us with a glass of complementary sparkling wine.
When we came back to have dinner here at a later date, we found out that the only meal served at Mercado del Puerto is lunch, they close at 16:00. One restaurant that was halfway inside the building was open though, so we did not have to starve.
After Cabo Polonio we rushed our way to Montevideo to meet up Linns friend Emilia who joined us for two weeks. Finding each other has gotten both cheaper and easier with apps like whatsapp and messenger, I think we used the latter to give a meeting point when we both arrived at the Montevideo Tres Cruces bus terminal.
We spent most of our time in Montevideo eating amazing cuts of beef in different restaurants. We also hung out on the beach some days. Many things are to be said about Montevideo and its beaches. We spent some days on Playa Pocitos which was in close vicinity to the apartment we found on airbnb. The beach itself is rather nice, but the water does not give a feeling of being too clean. This is mostly because you are not really swimming in the sea, but rather in the river caller “Rio de la Plata”. The river has with it some of the pollution from Buenos Aires, but mainly red sediment that makes the water look brown. It is no problem to bathe and swim in the water, but if we were ever to go to the beach in Uruguay again, Punta del Este is much more preferred.
At least the dirty water did not stop us from playing on the beach!
A usual sight in front of us in the evenings in Montevideo, a standard size of a portion of beef seems to be 400g, at least! At first we had some misunderstandings about how we wanted the meat cooked. The term “Rojo, media rojo” seemed to be the one that works best in conveying that we want it red in the middle, but still be cooked and not just flipped on the grill.