Slideshow: Montevideo

I was standing on the roof of my hotel, watching the sun set over Montevideo, the golden glow sliding over a jumble of architecture that ranged from concrete brutalism to elegant art deco.

“It’s a bit rough around the edges, isn’t it?” I said to the New Zealanders standing next to me.

“Yes,” said one. “That’s what we like about it.”

The capital of Uruguay doesn’t always get its due—some dismiss it as the dimmer version of Buenos Aires. But they’re missing the point. Less-crowded, less-expensive, blessed with a wonderful coastline, friendly people and hearty food like the ubiquitous chivitos (beef sandwiches that come with a LOT of toppings), Montevideo is a city worth exploring.

Here are some photos I took, click first image to start slideshow.