My travel has changed a little bit the last time. The first 5-6 weeks were full of amazing adventures both high and low – warm and cold. Of course the areas I visit offer different things and the since east coast of South America (Argentina, Uruguay and next Brasil) are not in the Andes – there is not the same amount of really unique adventures. But that’s really fine for me now. In the beginning there were almost an adventure every day either waking up in the desert or super early in a mountain village to catch a bus to some radical place. Last time week has been more about Netflix and hitting the gym – and it has been great.
Even though I’m traveling I like doing the things I do at home too. Sometimes I meet people questioning why I exercise when traveling. “You are on vacation – relax!”. Well, the fact is I relax when I work-out, perhaps not physically but mentally and that’s what matters to me. A hobby or need doesn’t just go away because you are in another country. Hitting the gym, watching a tv-series or/and going on Tinder-dates are just normal things for normal people nowadays. It’s also a good way to meet the locals in their everyday situations and with long blonde hair, tan skin and tight tank-top (believe it or not) a lot of people are eager to exchange a few words with this “gringo” in the gym.
In a total I spent 4 full days in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. Two of those were sunny and nice and then it’s a lovely city where you can go to the beaches and enjoy the parks along the beach walk. The other two days were cloudy and grey – and then there is pretty much nothing to do here. To say it straight out: it’s dead boring and not very beautiful either. On the other hand it has the highest standard of living in South America so it’s actually the perfect place to kill some grey days just relaxing, working-out and enjoying the good food it has to offer.
The hostel I stayed in was the first in South America where it was possible to stream video. I’m not traveling the world to watch TV, but since there were a couple of grey days I used it to watch season 2 of Narcos. Amazing production and since I will be in Colombia in about 3-4 weeks I found it really interesting. When in “Netflix-mode” I also went through another Netflix original series; Stranger Things. Well produced, cosy, unique and exciting! Well worth seeing.
No Netflix for a long time now – I’m off chasing waterfalls!