On December 13, 1939 the German "super ship" Graf Spee was severely damaged by 3 British cruisers in the Battle of Rio de la Plata. The ship was able to make it to the neutral port here in Montevideo. The following day however, the crew scuttles the ship in the bay. (Marcelo's mother remembers hearing the blast.) Two days later, the ship's commander committed suicide in a Buenos Aires hotel room.
weeks ago the huge eagle from the ship was raised and
the lobby of the Palladium Hotel next door. Since then the
neighborhood hasn't been the same. Crowds come to view the huge metal
bird. daily the display changes - first its swastika is covered, then a
guard appears, then the swastika is uncovered but obscured by dark glass
to prevent photos of the infamous icon. When history is being made at our
doorstep, things get really interesting !
are know as Ferias - these street markets are some of our favorite drama.
We learn who will let you pick your own and who won't. We learn to listen for the
song like messages shouted between vendors.
For us travel means adventure, discovery and new opportunities to learn. Sometimes it takes several trips for a particular notion to sink in. This was the winter of the bidet. After walking around this "foreign" device for years, it has finally been appreciated. Call me slow, but I love it. (Betty reports she still walks around it )