May 1 is Worker's Day in Uruguay. Similar, I believe, to Labor Day in the US except nearly all workers get the day off. All government offices and banks are closed with nearly all shops and restaurants closed as well. Thankfully we were warned of this ahead of time and I was able to get to the Supermercado and bakery yesterday. That in itself should be a post. People were absolutely everywhere. It was as if the stores wouldn't be open for a week.
Today was a completely different scene (above). I was out walking throughout the day today and it was like a different world. Few cars on the streets, barely anyone walking. I have no idea where everyone went, but it's a great long weekend for most every Uruguayo to enjoy.
This afternoon as I took Geneva to the park (no injuries, I am happy to report), I noticed that a few restaurants had opened and they were packed. We cooked at home today, then got the baby to bed, and we had time to enjoy a "Pilsen Stout" (Dark Uruguan beer) and some US television. Hopefully we'll have episodes of 30 Rock and How I Met Your Mother.... if we can get the stream to buffer. Nonetheless, a nice, quiet holiday Friday in Montevideo, Uruguay.