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.   Riding the bus is how i most often get around in foreign countries. The bus service in Uruguay is well run, not expensive, and connects you to all towns and cities of note whenever you have to go. From Three Crosses, I am headed for 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. We have hot mineral baths in New Mexico, too. These have to be better because I had to come so far to get here.  
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