Top ten beaches?

Trip Start Jan 19, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, March 4, 2011

At some point I saw Brooke Burke or Hugh Hefner's ex girlfriend review the top ten beaches and this was one of them.  Perhaps it was the experience outside of the beach, but we joked about this the whole weekend.

Niki and I should have known we were going on an adventure rather than a relaxing holiday right from the start.  To get to Punta del Este we took a ferry and two buses and on the last bus I got sick.  Really sick.  Like the kind of sick where in your head you actually wish you were dead because it would be better then having to live another second feeling the way you do.  Not to mention I was on a bus... Imagine having a violent case of salmonella on an airplane with only one toilet.  Yeah, it was like that.  Because of my "issue" I begged Niki to take it really easy on Friday.  We took some pictures, met a couple of wild sea lions (yes, really met!) and tried to go to sleep at 10pm (which is like going to bed at 6pm here).  The next day I was feeling pretty much back to normal and excited to eat because they have chicken lunch meat in Uruguay! Wooohooo no ham! 

Niki and I paid $50, which is an exorbitant amount of money, to swim with sea lions and seals.  We took a freezing boat ride for what felt like 6 hours to the second largest community of sea lions in the world.  Now I am not a nature expert, but I have watched my fair share of shark week on the Discovery Channel, and sharks LOVE sea lions.  Taking this into mind, I decided that after spending $50, I was ready to sacrifice my left leg.  The tour advertisement neglects to mention two important details...  1) The sea lions and seals are actually afraid of boats and people.  2) The stench that comes from the island is actually so repulsive that jumping into the water is equivalent to swimming in a port o potty. After we got back to land, I made Niki promise no more tours like that.

Our third we spent at a different hostel and I wrote an entire entry dedicated solely to that experience.  Please see March 6's entry,

With our luggage in hand after getting thrown from our last hostel, Niki and I made one last stop a the beach and started our 18 hour journey home.  Yes, that is right.  It was kind of like Gilligan's Island.  On a huge holiday weekend the boat we booked our ferry home on broke down, so they had to re-book all 10,000 people with a different company.  Niki and I got to the bus station in Montevideo thinking we only had two hours to pass before our bus would leave from Colonia.  I am pretty sure the service staff played rock paper scissors to tell us the bad news as Niki and i stood in a line of two for an invisible bus.  As over tired and exhausted as we were the people at the company were so nice to us and I even used their cell phone to call my mom and dad just to say hi ;)  In my defense Niki called London...twice! 

The lady at the bus company told us they would watch our luggage and to see Montevideo while we were there.  This is where our delay became a blessing in disguise because Niki was going to surprise her boyfriend with a trip to Montevideo...  Nothing says romance like clinging to the other person when your taxi driver is kidnapping you. 

I would describe the scenery of Montevideo as a post communist country after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  I actually love the photos that I took from here because they are taken on an automatic setting in full color, but they look black and white because the buildings in the city are all black, white, and gray!  I know that the movie Taken was probably not the best movie I could have watched, but at least it made me aware.  When our taxi ride from the city center back to the bus terminal took longer than the walk there I actually thought I was going to have to jump from a speeding taxi to avoid a life in the sex industry.  Luckily, I have been studying Liam Neeson's moves and we made it back to the bus terminal safely and finally back to Buenos Aires at 8am. 
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