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Montevideo to Colonia Valdense to Meet our Workaway Family

Sweet Maria and Ricardo, Superhosts of Airbnb in Montevideo

Today we leave Montevideo and our sweet Airbnb hosts who opened their rooftop Casita to us and their hearts. Maria and Ricardo alerted us that there would be a pop-up fruit and vegetable market the morning we were leaving. And sure enough, at 5:30 there were stands being erected just below the terrace.

Trucks full of fruits, vegetables and the vendor stands all showed up for the Tuesday pop-up market.
The terrace where we hung out and had meals the last 3 days.

Maria, Ricardo, Niles, Vivian, Gypsy and I packed the bags and kennel to the main street to flag a taxi. We had reserved an Uber but found that I had marked for “pm” rather than “am” on the app. Lord, planning is sometimes overrated. We flagged a super helpful taxi driver and got to the bus terminal with plenty of time. Gypsy has to ride in her kennel at all times in taxis and the long haul buses. Final hugs for Maria and Ricardo and we were off.

At the Tres Cruses estaciĆ³n waiting on our 2 hour bus trip.
Our destination is Colonia Valdense, Uruguay to be picked up by our host family through Workaway. We were accepted to stay with them to help around their farm and kitchen as well as do language exchange.
Niles and Gypsy on the terrace in Montevideo.
Our Casita in Montevideo.
The beach! Montevideo has several sandy beaches that are public. The sign says no dogs but, there were many….including Gypsy.
Walking tour of Montevideo. The better way to travel Montevideo is by bike or public bus but those were not an option with Gypsy.

Flying Houston, Texas to Bogata, Columbia on Avianca with a dog in Hold

Here is Gypsy’s carrier while waiting for Avianca flight layover in San Salvador. She was loaded last for a dog from Montana. It was not permitted to check on her in person during the layover so I watched from the gate to make sure she made our 2nd flight.
She must have been well cared for on the 2 flights because while she was very happy to see us, she was ready to explore and engage in Bogata!
Of course the big smooches! You can’t turn your face fast enough when she gets locked in on her target.