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Travel Pictures - URUGUAY - 1995

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     I entered into Uruguay on the speedy hydrofoil that crosses the vast estuary of the
Rio de la Plata. After an overnight stay in the touristy colonial town of Colonia del Sacramento, I stopped over in the capital city (Montevideo) during a quiet weekend. Traveling across the country, the most memorable sight was that of the locals carrying around the tea-like mate that is slurped from an illegal-looking device that includes a wooden bowl and pipe. Everyone had their mate, whether sitting in the park, walking the streets, or driving their car - everyone seemed addicted.

An inviting outdoor cafe in Uruguay's capital city on a very quiet Sunday afternoon.
The Palacio Salvo can be seen in the background -
Montevideo, Uruguay

This wonderful structure, the Palacio Salvo, was the tallest building in South America
for many decades. It has a sister building in Buenos Aires -
Montevideo, Uruguay

South America's Floss Silk Tree, a.k.a. the "Bottle Tree," is similar to Africa's Baobab in that it stores water for the dry periods.
This drought-tolerant deciduous tree is able to survive the extremes of temperature and precipitation in the continent's interior.
The tree is also laced with nasty thorns that make it critter-resistant as well -
Montevideo, Uruguay

My friend Andrea and her companion drinking their mate, which I told them looked highly illegal.
And, judging by mate's popularity, it must certainly be addictive -
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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