We had already spent about a week in western Uruguay and needed to get moving if we were going to be to Rio on time to meet Carrie’s parents. Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, was the next logical stop. Of all of the capital cities that we have been in, this one was by far the most tranquil, clean and friendly. Speaking of friendly, the people of Uruguay on the whole are the most friendly people that we have met. Everyone goes out of their way to help if you look lost or confused. And talk about polite! There is no pushing or shoving in queues, no one tried to rip us off and traffic actually stops for pedestrians even when they aren’t in a crosswalk. The sound of horns not blowing constantly was deafening.