I arrived in Uruguay after spending over 24 hours in the airport or on planes on Sunday. Two of my flights were delayed, but that wasn't so bad. I am here now.
For the past three days the other ETA's and I have been having orientation in Montevideo. We are learning just exactly we will be doing during our time in Uruguay. Everyone I have met has been super friendly and so welcoming. I know I am going to like it here.
Tuesday we took a tour of Montevideo, specifically visiting
- Ciudad Vieja (Old City, Historic District)
- Plaza de Independencia (Independence Plaza where a stature pays tribute to Uruguay's national hero, José Gervasio Artigas, and also where his remains are guarded 24/7)
- Palacio Parlamento (the Capitol Building, or rather where their legislative body meets)
- Torre de las Telecomunicaciones (Telecommunications Tower, the tallest building overlooking the city)
- Opera Solis (Opera House)
- El Prado (ritzy neighborhood where the president lives)
Wednesday we wrapped up our orientation in the capital by meeting with our mentors who will be assisting us in Salto. I think I'm going to be working with some great people at some great schools.
Tonight we had a delicious catered dinner at one of the Fulbright director's houses where we rubbed shoulders with a bunch of very important people and got to watch hired performers dance the tango for us. It was so beautiful. Sigh. What a lovely evening.