Wise Woman Travel

Exploring the world from a female perspective

On my first morning in a new city, I like to get out of my hotel and explore the neighborhood on foot. Not only does this get me oriented to my surroundings, but I’ve heard that sun exposure helps to reset a jetlagged body clock, which I really need after yesterday’s  21-hour flight from Edmonton to Montevideo 

I’m being put up by my host university at the Days Inn, a not-bad hotel with a not-bad complimentary buffet breakfast. But I’d like to while away some time in a cute coffee shop, so I clap my hat on my head, put on my sunglasses and set out into the already-warm morning.

It doesn’t take long for me to realize that although I’m staying at a not-bad hotel, its neighborhood is a little farther down the not-bad scale. With the exception of the gigantic Tres Cruces Mall across the street, most of street level stores look a little down on their luck. I’m used to walking on uneven sidewalks in older cities but here I’m walking around entire missing sections. Graffiti is everywhere. There are more than a few people bedded down on the pavement or trying to make a little money selling a few cheap items. I don’t feel threatened because there are lots of people going about their Thursday morning business. But after walking first one direction and then another, I doubt that this is a neighborhood where a cute coffee place would set up shop.

This isn’t to say that I don’t see some beauty in all the rough edges. I just need to look a little harder to find it than I thought I would.

9 thoughts on “What use is sitting alone in your room?(morning version)

  1. growanewleaf says:

    Melting into the wonderfully coloured flowers


    1. Pamela Young says:

      I have to find out the name of the purple flowering tree.


      1. Deb says:

        I think it’s a jacaranda…we see them in Mexico too.


      2. insearchofrockgods says:

        loving the new blog! I believe that might be a jacaranda tree – they were all over Jo’burg, streets lined with them, which made for lavendar colored, cloudy fluffy streets when the petals fell. My favorite tree 😀

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      3. insearchofrockgods says:

        aaaaand I just saw Deb’s post saying it’s a jacaranda – thats what I get for not reading all the comments before I post! lol

        Liked by 1 person

      4. Pamela Young says:

        And confirmed by a Montevidean.

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  2. Deb says:

    I’m sure Montevideo has other delights though you’ve done a fine job of seeing the best through your camera lens. I look forward to more!


    1. Pamela Young says:

      The afternoon and evening versions of this post are on their way.


  3. Debbie Sargeant says:

    My senses were woken this morning by your colorful post!! Please keep them coming.


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