Terrazas de la Pedrera APT Hotel
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After a couple of bus rides we arrived to the wonderful quiet town of Manantiales where we visited Soli and Anita, old friends of Lane from Aspen! We had a fantastic time there meeting great people, eating delicious food and stand-up paddling on the atlantic ocean (for me more "sit-down" paddling because of the big waves ;-) ) Also we were lucky that it was off-season, otherwise we would not have had the beach just for ...
Everyone really wanted to rent a car, i wasnt too keen on the idea but it was 3 against one really. I didnt want anythig to do with the logistics of it, so i stayed inside while Jez, Joel and Jenny sorted it out. They rocked up in what was smaller than a mini cooper. Barely enough room for 4 people on their own, but throw in 4 backpacks and day bags and it was a real tight squeeze. After about 20 minutes we finally worked out how to tetris all of our **** ...
... and left us at the bus station.
And what now..?
I didn't know where the house the girls had rented was, so I had to call them, but I had no uruguayan pesos to so so! Luckily the woman from the shop at the station accepted me to pay
with dollars to buy a phone card. I tried to call but they wouldn't answer the phone, so I decided to go somewhere with internet and try to write them on facebook. Soon, they replayed and told me where to go.There ...
... made sure I got on the bus. A quick thank you and good-bye and I got on the bus. I got the last seat. We left 2 minutes early at 8:29 am.
The bus dropped us off at the Buquebus ferry station. I walked in and then I was quickly reminded about what I had been missing the last month. Hundreds and hundreds of people all lined up waiting to check-in. Herds and herds of people slowing moving forward, patiently, one at a time.
... so I could get some US dollars. Unfortunately they couldn't help me out. They suggested another bank.
So, off Claudia and I went. We ended up going to about 4 banks before finding one that could handle my request. Exchanging money continues to be very difficult in South America. I was able to take out a couple of hundred dollars out of the ATM but I knew that wouldn't get me very far in Punta del Este. I have given up worrying about the ...