Thursday, May 18, 2006
Uraguay Here I Am
Colina, Uraguay--what a place. My perceptions of this country--one where I've always wanted to go--are vastly different than how this country really is.
Getting there in a ferry was a comfortable snap. I rode from Buenos Aires to Colonia, a quaint little town just an hour away.
When I walked on the boat a huge lobby with a fully supplied duty free shop shocked me--this was by far the most luxurious ferry I'd ever seen. I felt like a passanger on Carnival Cruise line when my feet were cushioned as I walked on the red carpet. When I lined up for the full course meals from which you could choose in a large serving area, it was not the sight of the food, but the smell that made feel I was in a country kitchen.
After I saw Colonia and now that I'm in Montevideo, I've found out my perception of places I've never been aren't usually valid. I can confirm that my mind was full of it. It being sterotypes of South Americans and false assumptions of modern South American life.
My Perceptions of Uraguay
1. Third World
2. Poor People
3. Cars from the 50s and 60s like they drive in Havana.
4. No good coffee or coffee shops
5. Rough-and tough neighborhoods noone would want to walk through
The Reality of Uraguay
1. Awesome colonial architecture
2. Mid and early century cars, but not used for driving, instead, they are used as flower pots and outdoor sculptures.
3. Food as good as, if not better, than any European country
4. Cheap, but not as cheap as Buenos Aires.
5. Beautiful landscaped downtown and neighborhoods (okay, not all of them, but many)