One of the joys of wandering through Montevideo’s neighborhoods is the constant change in architecture, color and texture. In the seaside neighborhood of Pocitos, a drab grey home may be plunked next to a pop of pastel color, and a range of styles from old colonial to mid-century architecture tease the eyes. Sure, there is the boxy modernist institutional look of high-rises, but even then they often contrast with plants of all ages and street art that makes you stop and think. Add the views of the Rio Plata, Atlantic and Rambla from the waterfront homes and you are left with a city that I describe as just plain chill. Watch residents walk on by, notably the occasional paseadores de perros who apply their trade as they navigate packs of dogs, and are left with a city that is a joy to wander around and take it all in. Travel to Uruguay often starts in Montevideo, and it can easily drag on a while. See more of my time in Uruguay via Instagram.

 

Montevideo, Pocitos, Uruguay, Travel, paseadores de perros, dogwalkers, architecture, Leon Kaye

Paseodores de perros, often seen on the streets of Montevideo

 

Montevideo, Pocitos, Uruguay, Travel, paseadores de perros, dogwalkers, architecture, Leon Kaye

Concrete modernist architecture has its own creepy charm

Montevideo, Pocitos, Uruguay, Travel, paseadores de perros, dogwalkers, architecture, Leon Kaye

Brick apartment buildings stand eerily over centuries-old streets

 

Montevideo, Pocitos, Uruguay, Travel, paseadores de perros, dogwalkers, architecture, Leon Kaye

Quince blossoms in Pocitos

 

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Detailing, and wires, makes these homes stand out

Image credits: Leon Kaye

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.