Cementerio del Buceo

On our walk down to see Greetingman we passed two cemeteries. The first is the British Cemetery and the second larger one is the Buceo Cemetery.  I could not resist so Joe and I took a walk down just a few of the streets and I was amazed at the unbelievable statues, monuments and crypts.

The cemetery dates back to 1835 and has some striking religious and other artwork.

I was pretty perplexed at some of the statues, like the one above.  Who is this of, the deceased? I just did not get many of the statues and then all the busts, I have never seen a bust of the deceased on his grave.  They sure do it different here in Uruguay.

It is a very impressive cemetery, not something I will soon forget.

Greetingman

If you have followed our adventure for the past few months you will already know how the Uruguayans are into their statues and monuments.  This is way cooler than anything we had seen before.

Greetingman stand 6 meters high unveiled back in 2012.  Its main artist is Yoo Young-ho (South Korean sculptor) and there are a series of these statues, this being the first – the second in South Korea and the third in Panama City, Panama.  The statue depicts a man bowing in a typical Asian greeting.  The color blue means lack of prejudice.

The statue overlooks the water in this Buceo neighborhood.  I am bowing in return to show my respect.He is some huge dude.

Shopping Cart or Like I Call It The Old Lady Cart

montevideo-2-12-34Some days our shopping consists of just a few bags, but those bags can be heavy. Getting a taxi is easy but the supermarket is only 2 blocks from the apartment. So if we can walk it we do. In our walking around town we noticed so many people young and old alike pulling one of these carts behind them while they were walking home.  For $15 we bought this beauty and have used it several times both from the Supermarket and the Sunday Market.

It holds a good amount of packages, is pretty easy to either push or pull and stores well right next to the front door so we will remember to take it when we shop.

Yes, I hear ya, we are officially old.  Bring it on!!!

A Small Act of Kindness, In The Big City

Montevideo is a pretty big city having a population of over 1.3 million people and many of those people have dogs.  Here you will not likely see dog poo on the sidewalks or streets.  We have not seen dogs roaming free, all are on leashes and someone is walking them. And we have seen the people around our apartment using baggies to clean up after their pets.

While walking on one of the side streets just a block or so from our apartment, I saw an empty large gallon water container tied to a tree. I could not figure out what the purpose was until on another walk further away I spotted this.

montevideo-2-7-27Yes, you got it. Someone filled this empty jug with supermarket bags. Just the right size to pick up your pets poo. For a large city, it is pretty well maintained and I was happy to see the pro-active folks trying to keep their city clean.

Fish Market at the Buseo Port

montevideo-2-12-28On Saturday we walked down to the Buceo Port as Joe was asking for fish. We got the salmon again, and just like the first time, it was fabulous.

montevideo-2-12-31 montevideo-2-12-30 montevideo-2-12-26All the fish looked good and even things like calamari, octopus and the mussels looked fresh and very appealing. Prices are in Uruguay Peso, convert to US Dollars by dividing the number on the card by .28.  All of these prices are for a kilo which is a little over 2 pounds.

montevideo-2-12-27You can buy a whole fish or you can buy steaks or fillets.

montevideo-2-12-33 montevideo-2-12-32There are two other stores including a store with local trinkets as well as a vegetable and fruit stand that carries spices, herbs, a few live herb plants and has a cooler with drinks.

montevideo-2-12-29A new addition from the other times we were there was a van backed up to the sidewalk and the back door opened. As you can see it had a variety of cheese, wine and salami.

We got our salmon and ran home to have lunch.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong With This

montevideo-2-4-17We were sitting on our balcony and noticed across the street in the penthouse several guys were trying to remove a mattress by tying it and taking it down the side of the building. I honestly felt a disaster was ready to happen as it was a really windy day.

I’ve been known to be wrong occasionally and this was as good an occasion to be so. Whew!