My last stop before going back to Montevideo was Minas. Not a beach place, for a change. But there was also very little to see.
I arrived there with the rain and, therefore, completely wet. But I was directly welcomed by Mariángel, Gonzalo and their 2 year old daughter Bruna to share some mate and participate in Bruna’s homework – finger painting an autumn leaf. There too, we had some lively political discussions and I was happy to accompany them to vote on election day. Both Mariángel and Gonzalo are – wait for it – lefties. And marijuana activists. I thought this had become unnecessary since the legalisation but, apparently, there are still many people in jail because they sold, consumed or possessed marijuana.
M and G were also very helpful in pointing me in the right direction for things to see and do in rather uneventful Minas. So one quite interesting thing I did was to visit the miniatures’ museum of Horacio Chocho. This 71 year old gentleman retired about 10 years ago as a mechanician and started to build miniatures of objects from his youth and even from the 19th and 18th century. An old wind mill, a school bus, a whole bakery… he went as far as to reproduce the very first car, a steam-powered automobile built in 1771 by a certain Cugnot. And all of his reproductions actually work!
As I was sitting there, listening open-mouthed to Horacio’s explanations – if they had taught me physics and mechanics like this when I was at school, I might have been more inclined to become an engineer – his wife fed me some home- made bakery. I left them a wiser woman, also stuffed, smiling and happy.