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trip days left: 15
straight distance left: 228,5 km
Loc: behind Arroyo Pando
Acc: Peter’s apartment in Montevideo
More online work to do, and at I got a pick up for some press conference at 1.30 pm at the kayak club. South American TV stations are different to European ones, despite two of them were coming eventually at 2.30 and 3.15 pm, the quality of the questions was rather low and the interviewers did not really now what to ask and were not pre-informed at all…well…not the first “interview” like that…
Some of the kayakers were so nice to take me to the harbor market which was basically an old harbor hall with an “asado only” food mall. It was packed with people shoveling piles of meat into their stomachs, with a smoky smell allover the place. It reminded me to an “Octoberfest” location, same style of tourist trap, but amusing and interesting. Some “authorized” local music band was marching through the tables in between, drumming and dancing with a hat for collecting coins. The whole old style tourist area around the harbor is safe and open at daytime, but closed during the evenings.
The drive back to the more modern area of Montevideo was along the main avenues with many parks, monuments and official buildings like theater and government house which I enjoyed to see a lot. Montevideo on the tourist path in two hours!:-) Thanks guys to take me out and around!
Tomorrow I will already paddle, but only the remaining distance from my spot to the kayak club, starting late at noon, some 25-30 km with an escort of some local kayakers. It will be nice! Peter leaves also to go back to Buenos Aires via ferry on Sunday.