The best part about visiting Uruguay can easily be the arrival at the Carrasco International Airport. The delicious breakfast muffin that was served on our LAN flight made our flight from Santiago a pleasant experience. Then again, anything would be a pleasant experience after getting up at 4:30am to catch a taxi to the airport and then having to shuffle your baggage around so that you don’t exceed the 24kg per person weight limit. Dirk had to play model on the third floor look out deck, so that I could get some shots with people in.The airport is designed (well, refurbished) by Rafael Vinoly, an architect who was born in Uruguay, studied in Argentina and now has an office in New York. Last year he was in the news because his ‘walkie talkie’ building in London contains so much glazing that it melted cars! The airport is small compared to OR Tambo in South Africa. It has three levels. From the top level you can look out over the runway and the shops on the first floor. The building has large windows that allow for plenty of natural light. The high ceiling creates an open space on the look out deck (top floor) and allows the lower floors to feel open and welcoming. It is a joy to arrive at a welcoming well-designed space after a long flight.