So the last trip ended with a… bang. HAHAHA! Alright, I had to get that funny out of the way. Meanwhile, at home, Scott broke his pinky finger and was put into a cast. Fingers crossed that he is out of the cast this Friday in time for Toronto Pride.
On Tuesday, I made my way back down to Uruguay for three weeks this time staying in the sleepy resort town of Carrasco. I achieved Air Canada Top Tier Prestige status about 200km out of Toronto. When I get back from Montevideo, I will have achieved AC Top Tier Elite. YEAH! My first time doing so – Lounge Access, Preboarding and the ability to use my upgrade miles on trips like going to Uruguay. Mmm… lie flat beds.
I am walking a lot – 15 minutes to get dinner and 15 minutes back every day, and I plan to walk to work on Monday and Tuesday as the one office is only about 4km away. The other requires at taxi ride or a drive.
The trip is going well – it has been quite sunny and it’s a beautiful sunny day today. About 18C, feeling 16C. The first trip to establish yourself in a foreign country is always tough. This time I feel much more at home.
The hotel is the Regency Rambla which is a modern hotel, really nice, opened in 2011. It is much closer to the two offices, traffic is not as bad and you can see around corners. US$100 to US$149 per night. I don’t have a view of the Rio Plata, but my view is not bad – and nicer than the Sheraton at US$229 a night.
Needless to say, I am choosing not to drive – also given how expensive it is, it is cheaper to cab. Let’s see… 2 days a week at Zonamerica is US$50 per day in taxis. US$100 per week, $300 total.
The two car rentals I had – one was about US$400 for the week, the other around US$500. So it’s cost effective.
Carrasco is a resort town from the 1930s. People from Montevideo would live in Carrasco during the summer. It was somewhat left in the 1950s and it undergoing a resurgence. There is a BEAUTIFUL hotel that is being renovated by Sofitel – it should be spectacular.
The architecture here is amazing, and looks like it’s from the 1960s, and really well maintained. I’ve already picked out a few that I would love to own. LOL
I am going to spend Pride and Canada Day weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Something I am looking forward to. The Hotel Axel was recommended to me – it’s a ‘Heterofriendly’ hotel. A nice twist on being gay friendly.
Pride weekend is my 15th anniversary with Scott. Since we won’t be together, I took him to Rodeo which is a Brazilian restaurant in Toronto at Danforth and Broadview. The food was amazing, and I can’t say I’ve had better meat on swords.
When I get back – Uruguayos food!
This will also be the first Pride in 16 years I completely miss and the third time I will have not marched (1995, 2010 and 2012).
I will be back in July. In the meantime, I’m going to do my best to enjoy things.