We are back on the road again in South America. Our first stop is Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. The town was full of excitement and so were we. Our first night we went to soccer game or, as they call it, futbol. It was a rivalry game so it was extra crazy. There were people in the stadium lighting off fireworks and chanting anthems. The crowd was filled with black and yellow bumble bee jerseys and red, white and blue jerseys. They were the most energetic fans I had ever seen.
The next day we enrolled in Spanish school and met our teacher Martin. He didn’t speak any English, but it actually helped us learn so much more. The next few days we went to two street markets. At the one for the tourists my mom bought an exquisite poncho. At the local market I saw the cutest little puppy ever and lots of other extremely cute pets.
Later in the week we went to Bar Fun Fun were we saw two people perform the tango on a stage the size of a small table. Their moves were so amazing. Tango is not a dance but an art that people spend years trying to perfect.
There was also a guitar player; it was amazing the way his fingers were moving, almost like a dance itself.
We also went to an awesome art museum where there were lots of interesting things. There was even a section on nature and they had all kinds of preserved animals and different plants of Uruguay.
The next day when we were in the pool at our hotel, we meet the Choi’s, a family from Seattle that live in Buenos Aires. They invited us to join them at their ranch house that was just a couple hours away and we were excited to meet them in a few days.
Our last day in Montevideo was awesome! The owner of our Spanish school, Margo invited us to her campo to ride horses with a real gaucho (the word for cowboy in Uruguay). I think it will be in my top ten list of the best things I have done in my entire life. I rode on a horse that had just given birth and the little foal followed us around the whole ride. I don’t think I have ever felt happier than when I was riding on that horse.
Now I am dreaming of a horse riding camp this summer, although I know it will definitely not be the same. I was sad to leave Montevideo, but super excited to go to the Choi’s ranch!