A cortado almost makes it worth the trouble

A cortado from a Cuban café almost made it worth the trouble of flying through Miami International Airport. Kathryn got a cappuccino from the same place. Her larger cup had a description of the café on the back. Honestly, I’d never heard of this place, but I remembered enjoying a Cuban coffee in the airport … Continue reading A cortado almost makes it worth the trouble

Patiently mingling with the unwashed masses in Miami

We’re at Miami International Airport, waiting for our flight back to Phoenix. What a shithole. For once, TSA wasn’t the problem at the security checkpoint; it was totally clueless passengers. I mean, signs were posted in nine languages, and it seems like half of traveling public here can’t read any of them. Ugh. On the … Continue reading Patiently mingling with the unwashed masses in Miami

Reaching Key West through the aftermath of a hurricane

We’ve reached Key West. I wasn’t sure what to expect about the drive through the Keys so soon after the hurricane. Some of what we saw literally made me gasp. Route 1 had mountains of debris on both sides, some so high the backhoes had to drive up them to remove them. And people were … Continue reading Reaching Key West through the aftermath of a hurricane

Somewhere in southern Florida, grabbing a bite

We’re somewhere in southern Florida — Florida City, I think — having a coffee and some fast food on our way to Key West. I was able to get some sleep on the flight, so I’m not a total wreck behind the wheel. Getting a rental car in Miami took some patience. There’s such a … Continue reading Somewhere in southern Florida, grabbing a bite

Waiting in Montevideo for a flight to Miami

We’re in the departure area of the airport in Montevideo, Uruguay, waiting for our flight to Miami, which should board within the hour. The security checkpoint seems to have been handled by the Air Force. It was mostly young men who appeared to have a sense of humor. The woman at the immigration desk gave … Continue reading Waiting in Montevideo for a flight to Miami

Photographs from Punta del Este, Uruguay

After a nice breakfast and a long morning walk through the city here in Montevideo, Kathryn and I are having a bit of a siesta in preparation for what will likely be an enormous steak lunch. That gives me time to post several leftover photos from Punta del Este. Just a few blocks from our … Continue reading Photographs from Punta del Este, Uruguay

Uruguayan value-added tax refund scheme for foreigners

Now that we’re back in Uruguay for the last few days of our South America trip, I thought I’d share an interesting scheme being used to promote tourism in Uruguay. Apparently, if you dine at a restaurant in Uruguay and you pay with a non-Uruguayan credit or debit card, the value-added tax — which is … Continue reading Uruguayan value-added tax refund scheme for foreigners

On the bus back to Montevideo, Uruguay

We’re on the road again, retracing our steps from Punta del Este back to Montevideo. It’s bittersweet, as we’re now moving closer to the end of our trip both in time and in space. We’ll be spending our last two nights in Uruguay in the same guest house we stayed in when we arrived. The … Continue reading On the bus back to Montevideo, Uruguay

A rainy day in Punta del Este, Uruguay

The weather didn’t look promising when we woke up this morning in Punta del Este, Uruguay. It deteriorated from there. As the day progressed, sprinkles became drizzle became steady rain. While it was still in the drizzle stage, we drove a few miles up the coast on the river side of Punta del Este. The … Continue reading A rainy day in Punta del Este, Uruguay

A drive along the Uruguayan coast, Punta del Este to Jose Ignacio

I’m up a bit early on our third morning in Punta del Este, Uruguay. I’ve opened one shade so I can see the waves crashing on the rocky shore on the Atlantic side of the peninsula. The sand is wet from the overnight rain. The sky is a low overcast, suggesting more rain may be … Continue reading A drive along the Uruguayan coast, Punta del Este to Jose Ignacio

Photographs from Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Our stay in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, was rather short, less than twenty-four hours. However, the charming old barrio is compact, so tourists can take in the highlights in a few hours. Some even visit as a day trip from Montevideo by bus or from Buenos Aires by ferry. The weather during our brief visit … Continue reading Photographs from Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Would you mind sitting by the window?

For those of you who don’t know us personally, Kathryn and I don’t really dress up when we go out to dinner — or anywhere else, for that matter. We assume that’s at least part of the reason why, in the United States, when we show up at a restaurant, we’re typically given a table … Continue reading Would you mind sitting by the window?

Southernmost point in our journeys, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Today we walked down the street from our apartment in Punta del Este to a small park at the mouth of the Plata River, where a Uruguayan flag more or less marks the southernmost point in Uruguay. Unfortunately the wind wasn’t cooperating with my photography. Although I recognized this right away as being the southernmost … Continue reading Southernmost point in our journeys, Punta del Este, Uruguay

Arrived at our apartment in Punta del Este, Uruguay

We arrived in Punta del Este, Uruguay, late yesterday afternoon and took a short taxi ride to our rental. As is often the case with any sort of online booking, you don’t know what you’re getting until you get there. The location is excellent. We’re on the eleventh floor of a high-rise near the end … Continue reading Arrived at our apartment in Punta del Este, Uruguay

Waiting for a bus, onward to Punta del Este

Our short stay in Colonia del Sacramento is coming to an end. We’ve checked out of the hotel here and are waiting at the bs terminal for a ride to Montevideo. We won’t be there long; we have onward tickets to Punta del Este and a small apartment reserved there for the next several nights. … Continue reading Waiting for a bus, onward to Punta del Este

Last meal in Argentina

After the all-afternoon struggle to buy ferry tickets in Uruguay a few days ago, we decided to show up at the terminal in Buenos Aires two hours before the 12:30 pm sailing, without a reservation, and hope for the best. Good call on our part. Fifteen minutes later we had our boarding passes and had … Continue reading Last meal in Argentina

Riding without tickets in Buenos Aires

In my post from earlier today, I mentioned how getting from Parque 3 de Febrero to the Basilica of the Most Holy Sacrament was a story in itself. While in the park, we had reached a point where we weren’t excited about retracing the entire day’s steps and then continuing on in the other direction. … Continue reading Riding without tickets in Buenos Aires

Photographs from yesterday in Buenos Aires, Argentina

As was the case in Montevideo, we discovered quickly two nights was not enough, so we’ve extended our stay in Buenos Aires through tomorrow. However, we woke up this morning to steady rain, so a long walk like yesterday is not likely. We’ve decided to take in one or more of the city’s hundreds of … Continue reading Photographs from yesterday in Buenos Aires, Argentina

After the ferry from Uruguay, first morning in Buenos Aires

We’ve just finished a long breakfast at our hotel in Buenos Aires. The ferry from Colonia del Sacramento was a much smaller vessel than I expected. Luckily I didn’t get seasick; I’ve had issues in the past, though usually on slower moving boats. The arrival at the port yesterday afternoon was a bit aggravating. Buenos … Continue reading After the ferry from Uruguay, first morning in Buenos Aires

Taking the bus-ferry combo from Montevideo to Buenos Aires

We’re having lunch at the bus terminal in Montevideo, Uruguay, waiting for a bus to Colonia del Sacramento, which will transfer us to a high-speed ferry to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Buying the ferry tickets online was a challenge I found far too overwhelming. Even when I could read the website, I’d get through all the … Continue reading Taking the bus-ferry combo from Montevideo to Buenos Aires

Photographs from our first day in Montevideo

After about twenty hours of traveling, including an overnight flight, our first day in Montevideo should have been a throwaway. We did have a short power nap when we arrived, but shortly after that we began a walking tour of our neighborhood and the surrounding areas. Two blocks from the guest house we found Teatro … Continue reading Photographs from our first day in Montevideo

Pointing to a lunchtime protein orgy in Montevideo

Earlier today we ventured a short walk from the guest house to the Montevideo Port Market, which has been referred to as “Disneyland for carnivores.” Once inside, we spent perhaps a half-hour walking from stall to stall, watching the masters work their grills and attempting to gauge how happy their customers appeared. The wood smoke … Continue reading Pointing to a lunchtime protein orgy in Montevideo