Mate o Nada! (Mate or Nothing)


Uruguay was my last stop in the 6 weeks tour of South America. I wasn’t expecting too much here but was inspired by the lovely people of Uruguay. I took the ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonial, Uruguay. It was an hour ride; I used Colonial Express ferry service instead of the Busquebus ferry service. Colonial express was half the price of Busquebus. I spent about four hours exploring Colonial – it would be such a nice city in the summer. Then I took the 2.5hours bus to Montevideo.




Immediately, I fell in love with Montevideo. The city is not fancy or big like Buenos Aires but it is pretty in its own way. The people are much nicer as well. I stayed in a really great hostel – Impeccable Hostel- very close (2 blocks) to the Plaza independencia and the old city.

One thing you would notice in Uruguay is the love for Mate. Mate is a drink made from loose leaves. Everybody (well almost) had a flask of hot water and mate in their hands on the street of Montevideo.

I took my time exploring the city; I had 6 days here so I wasn’t in a rush. I also frequented local bars with some folks from Montevideo. One night we tried going salsa dancing but ended up in a techno club (I’m not a fan).

The coolest thing was I met two Nigerians on the street of Montevideo. I enjoy meeting Nigerians whenever I travel.

About The Adventures of a Nigerian-American

I love to experience new cultures and explore the world. My family calls me ‘Ajala the Traveler’. Ajala is a Nigerian who lived in the 1950s. It is said that Ajala loved to travel and has visited all the countries in the world. Several legend and myths have been woven around his personality and travels. It is also claimed he traveled using a scooter, a truck and on foot. He rose to fame when a song was written in his honor by a Nigerian musician. The song begins “Ajala travels all over the world…” Well, am not Ajala nor have I traveled as much as he did but I do LOVE to travel. At every opportunity I get, I never hesitate to hop on a plane or international bus. As of June 2022, I have been to 71 countries . When I'm not traveling, I teach, go on long walks and read a book.

Posted on July 28, 2012, in Uruguay and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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