It is early and we are coming into the harbor, we are docking at an industrial port and pull along side the pier at around 7:00. The buses are all lined up beside the ship waiting for those passengers to get on.
We ordered room service this morning and Bernie is feeling much better after a good night’s sleep. I on the other hand know I have a bladder infection, I am prone to them and silly me I do have a supply of antibiotics at home just in case but didn’t bring them on this voyage for some silly reason. It has been four days that it has been bothering me but this morning it is much worst and I know I have no choice but to head to the medical office – this will be my first visit to the medical clinic in 28 cruises so I am curious to see it in action (although I have seen it when I have done the Ultimate Ship’s Tour).
It opens at 8 am and I arrive and I am greeted by a nurse who tells me it is $60 for a doctors’ consult – no problem right now I would pay anything to get rid of this. There are a few other people waiting, a woman with a nasty cough, another lady with a tic bite (she has no idea when or where she got bitten) and a husband who is waiting for his wife she is not feeling well either. I wait maybe five minutes and the doctor confirms the bladder infection and gives me my prescriptions and the nurses fill them out and I am on my way with two prescriptions and a huge relief. In total the bill came to $182 but our insurance will cover it all. And I am happy to report I am very very impressed with the medical service I received on board the Star.
|market that has tons of food stalls, and some shops right across from the pier|
Once I am back Bernie and I make our way ashore, it is 10 am and we don’t have any formal plans in Motevideo, the skies are a little overcast but nice and it is rather windy. We head out and follow the path to the street and cross the street to the market that was suppose to be a train station but was never used for that, now it houses mainly barbecue restaurants and since it is early the cooks are busy getting their grills fired up with food and getting the coals just right to start cooking all that meat. We will stop by later.
We walk down the streets checking out the little shops along the way, lots of places are closed since it is Carnival. We walk all the way to Rambla Gran Bretana and the water at
|parrots everywhere in this square, so neat|
|Bernie bought two scarfs|
|the old gate you see in front and the new gate is the ugly wall right behind it|
We are now walking down the 18th of July street and this is the main shopping area, lots of different stores but lots of familiar ones too – Urban Outfitters, Levis etc. We take refuge in a café and order an espresso and a sandwich. The sandwich is large and it includes a large roll with ham, steak, cheese, tomato, olives, lettuce and leek, it is served with French fries but these are homemade French fries – oh my god they are soooo good! The bill comes to about $17 total – the exchange rate currently in
We decide to start walking back towards the ship since we have been walking away from it for such a long time. We stop at a small convenience store to pick up some sprite and local soda to try, this time we pay in US dollar cause Bernie wants some pesos back for his collection.
When we get back to the port the market restaurants are busy, not many seats to be had and people are crowding around trying to get seats or take pictures. The cooks are busy turning meat on the open fires while patrons are sipping wine and chowing down on huge plates of food. We are not hungry but looking at the servings one serving could easily serve three people!
Bernie had bought two postcards and was wanting to mail them. There is a place right at the dock that sells postcards and stamps…. It was pricy to mail from there I am sure it was a rip off but I am not going to fret over $3 for two international stamps and lets cross our fingers they get the cards.
We haven’t been up to the Platinum Elite lounge on this voyage yet and today it is the mojito as the drink special (note the price for some reason is now $5 per drink, up a dollar since December). It is held in skywalkers and the place is full but we find a spot on one of the couches and we meet old and new friends and watch the very interesting sail away from
Tonight we are having dinner with Sue and Tony from
from the roll
call, lovely couple and a great meal. I
had the eggplant in puff pastry as my appetizer a nice salad then the turkey scaloppini
for my main entrée with the crème Brule for dessert. Toronto
Back to the room to change and up to the deck party to dance a few calories away. It is cool and windy and a bit of light rain, certainly the coolest deck party we have been too but still quite a bit of fun.
Tomorrow is Buenos Aries and we have a very early start.