The bus ride from Punta Del Este back to Montevideo takes three hours and ends at the Three Crosses Terminal.

Downstairs, bus companies, representing large and small bus lines that cover all routes in Uruguay, are selling tickets and loading luggage and passengers.

Upstairs, there is a mall with shopping, places to eat, and entertainment. At a place where people from all over the country come and go and have time and money, what better place to put a mall?

Christmas is here and instead of Santa’s elves, we have cute little cows. 

Some future trip of mine will be one long bus ride. It will be a stop and go vacation. Go till I am tired or come to something I want to see, and then stop. Once I stop liking where I am, I get up and go again. Hopscotching the globe could take a lifetime.

From here, I am going to Salto, a city famous for hot mineral springs and the perfect travel doctor’s prescription for a weary traveler. 

Warming up in hot mineral baths is something even the ancient Romans did after a long year of subjugating and taxing their neighbors.

Salto will be my last stop this trip before heading back home to cactus, roadrunners and rattlesnakes.

We have hot mineral baths in New Mexico, too.

These have to be better because I had to go so far to get here.

 

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