Earlier this year, when I was traveling in New Zealand, I met a girl from Uruguay randomly at a food stand. She didn't speak much English and while I could speak Spanish, it was marginal at best, making communication between the two of us a bit difficult (In fact her first words to me after I said hello were, "I'm sorry, I no speak English..." ). At that time, I was traveling with another friend from Spain who essentially bridged that gap because she was fluent in Spanish and pretty good in English. As a result, among the three of us, we ended up traveling to Queenstown, NZ and had a great few days together. At that time, I had mentioned that I planned on continuing on to South America and my new Uruguayan friend, Mariella, had made the offer to show me around Montevideo, Uruguay should I make it there.
Fast forward four months and what was once just a small possibility was now a much more tangible reality - I found myself in South America, making plans to go to Uruguay and visit my friend Mariella, all the result of an initial chance meeting. We would end up checking out Montevideo and taking a weekend trip with some friends of hers to the coastal vacation town of Punta del Este.