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A walk in the Uruguayan countryside

A walk along country lanes in the area around Colonia Valdense and Nueva Helvecia. Fields, dusty roads, cows and horses. Quite enjoyable despite the scorching sun of the middle of the day.

For the record, the walk included a picnic by the side of the road with a fellow backpacker, being watched with surprise by the handful of locals driving past.

Enough words. Here are some photos.

Montevideo (1): The Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead (El Dia del Los Muertos in Spanish) is something I was looking forward to. Under the (wrong) assumption that Uruguay would celebrate it in the same fashion as Mexico, I was excited at having planned November 2 as my first full day in Montevideo.

To my disappointment, when I decided to check with the hostel staff how the city would celebrate the occasion the reply I got was: “Uruguay doesn’t really celebrate El Dia de Los Muertos”.

No fear, though: Montevideo had a surprise stored for me!

While I was walking around Avenida 18 de Julio just after lunchtime on Nov 2, I noticed hundreds of people gathered outside  the Intendencia Municipal. TV crews and police were everywhere too. I first thought that some sort of protest was going on, then someone pointed to me that the people in the queue (mainly teenagers) were having their make-up done. That’s when I realised that most of them looked like they were out of a zombie movie.
Zombies. Day of the Dead. Is this what’s happening, I wondered. But I decided to walk away.

Luckily around 5pm I was back in the same area and saw the crowd gathering in the middle of the street, then they started moving.
A Zombie Walk!
Avenida 18 de Julio soon turned into something out of a Hollywood movie: hundreds of people wearing incredible outfits and amazing make-up marched slowly, screaming at regular intervals. The walk lasted probably around an hour and ended outside  a club, where part of the participants left. And l left too.

Back at the hostel, the staff explained to me that the Zombie Walk has been featuring in Montevideo only in the past 2-3 years but it’s quickly becoming very popular as a modern way to celebrate El Dia de Los Muertos.

I will leave you with some images of the event: