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Darkness. Wind. Rain.
Suddenly the whole sky illuminates with wide-scale lightning, lasting for a good few seconds. We and all the people huddling beside us in a tiny hut, refugees from the storm- sigh out together in an united WOW!
We were in Cabo Polonio, a tiny village in a nature reserve on the east coast of Uruguay and amazing lightning shows were only a small part of the marvel of it. There was no electricity there, though a few houses ...
... like the most attractive city, and as a result, we got a taxi to our hostel, checked in (another brilliant hostel with really lovely bedrooms and chill out area ) and spent the rest of the day lounging around, watching the only English channel we could find, ESPN, and making one journey out to the supermarket to pick up some tea. We planned to catch the lunchtime bus the next day to get to our volunteering base, La Coronilla, which is very close to the border with Brazil. The journey ...
We caught the local bus to Valisas with our little overnight bags...at this point they are wonderful and light. Sleeping bag, pillow, towel, change of clothes for the evening...heels of course!!!!
Valisas is a one-dirt-street town from the road to the beach..
We get down to the beach and it is really pretty, dunes, blue-green water, a whole bunch of beached whales with mate. Even on the beach when you are walking along you have mate!!!!! (pronounce ...
... in at one point, however, there was no ATM that accepted credit in town and we were running low on funds. Therefore if we wanted to escape this place we needed to use our precious cash for purchasing a bus ticket instead.
Whilst I give it a pretty bad rap, there were a couple of things to do here. During our time we managed to walk along the beach to a shipwreck and check out some more bikini ...
... corvina with roast potatoes and salad. I don’t think that we expected that standard of food from a kitchen lit solely from candles!
I can see why people stay longer in Cabo Polonio as you have unspoilt natural beaches on your doorstep, very friendly people and an easy social scene but I think off season, two nights is enough and we move on up the coast to Punta Del Diablo.
Full photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonnymilla r/sets/