At step 6 of my turista bus tour, the bus stops a block from the Montevideo Botanical Gardens and those who get off the bus walk the rest of the way.
This Garden is divided into different areas of the world. There is the Africa walk, the Japan walk, the Uruguay walk. I am hoping to see a great variety of exotic plants, trees and aquatic environments from around the globe. Flowers will be gorgeous, trees will have magnificent canopies, fountains will be filled with brightly colored fish. Sadly,the gardens are mostly generic trees and bushes announced with faded signs telling scientific names I don’t understand or care about. The fountains just have goldfish and carp.
These Gardens are a botanical representation of Uruguay itself.
Uruguay is not tropical. It is rolling hills with grasslands. The animals and flowers don’t call attention to themselves. I wouldn’t call this park Botanical, or a Garden, but the experience is certainly a pleasant afternoon stroll in the middle of a big big city on a spring day in November on a piece of land real estate developers salivate over.
For more spectacular natural wonders, I will have to go to Africa or New Zealand, or Iceland.
Uruguay is Kansas instead of Hawaii..
I keep my eye out for Dorothy and Toto.
When surroundings are simple, human imagination rallies to connect the dots.