A few years ago, the winter of 2012, I was able to travel down to Uruguay for about three weeks with three great guys. I had never been south of the equator and never been to South America. I've been fortunate to travel, and as a kid, that's all I dream of doing. This trip, one I never thought I would be able to make, is hands down, one of the best trips I've even taken.
There are several reasons for that. First and foremost, the company I traveled with were top notch human beings. I mean that. Dan, Martin and Diego were all very cool and such great people. I cannot underestimate how important that was to the trip or to how great a trip can be. Good people, who turn out to be good friends, are such treasures.
Secondly, the country of Uruguay is spectacular. I didn't meet anyone who wasn't nice, very helpful and who didn't make me feel comfortable and so very welcome. This is a very laidback country and the people really exhibit that. Montevideo, the capitol of the country, is a super friendly and the lifestyle is very chilled out...more so than any other place I've ever been.
And lastly, I was there during Carnaval. This is a two-month long street party. Drums, dancing, costumes, rhythms... What more could you ask for? And for those that know me, they know this is way outside my comfort zone. But it was spectacular. And Martin and Diego made it even better by providing access to several groups preparing for their particular events. It was quite the honor to be able to photograph at these locations and with these wonderful people.