Way back during the first weeks in town, a new friend invited me to their house for lunch. With my arduous schedule I shifted my day's tasks around to attend the lunch, but I managed to stop by for a few moments (heavy sarcasm used here).
A poster in the bedroom caught my eye - "El Metro de Uruguay" it read. I had been in the city for long enough to find out about the public transportation routes, but I had completely missed the metro system underground. I was baffled. My friend let me think this for the next few minutes until I finally realized that the metro doesn't exist in Montevideo - just buses.
Some of these buses equipped with Wi-Fi (why?). The bus drivers consistently insist on you grabbing a ticket (not for his sake, but for your's if an inspector comes on the bus). And today came another perplexing public transportation moment with the new bus CA1 the city just introduced. It is a beautifully new modern outfit, great tunes like Billy Joel rocking, and is a pleasure to sit in compared with all of the other older busses.
But of course the traveler pays for this comfort and luxuriousness...less. The ride on these sleek shuttles is half of the fare for the normal 1980's rides. I am going to figure this one out...due to gas consumption? Less stops (no)? We shall see.
Only two empanadas today...I was slacking.