Sun Surf and Siesta!

Trip Start Dec 29, 2009
Trip End Dec 24, 2010

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Hello my cherubs!

Greetings from punta del este

We shall call this never neverland from now on

After 2 weeks of city slicking we were excited to get on the bus from Montevideo and take a lazy 3 hour drive (easy peezy after our 13 hour+ other drives) up the coast to punta del este... a summer playground which is only busy 1 month a year...and arrived to a sunseekers paradise! in that time the Uruguayans do enough business to virtually survive them the rest of the year until the next summer.. Argentinians, Brazillians and Chileans swarm these beautiful beaches from their smokey cities and i can see why... although very developed it is extremely beautiful, with about 5 beaches just around the town and another 12 or so within a 20 minute drive. You can stick to the towns beaches which are walking distance... although FULL of people... or take a scooter and beach hunt for a empty space. There are beaches on the river or on the sea, catering to your meditteranean or surfing preferences... bars and clubs on the sand and people selling absolutely everything from coffee and juice to dresses, hats, bags and jewellery which you can buy from the comfort of your towel...  a playground is definately the word!

The bad side? St Tropez lifestyle for St Tropez prices unfortunately, but never fear chef blatch and chef bucko have donned our cooking hats and cooked up a storm in the hostel kitchen. well cooked is a bit strong... ploughmans for breakfast lunch and tea anyone?? the good thing is that we did actually go have lunch on our first day and the food was noticeably far worse than in montevideo and in argentina for outrageous prices so we are quite happy to just make our own stuff.

So yes we were excited to get here. its nice to put down the backpack for a few days and just meander around. the biggest adjustment we have had is the lifestyle! although we have been siesta-ing in argentina we havent quite mastered the sleep times yet.

eg a typical punta del este local day

wake up at 1pm
beach until 8 (with beach siesta included)
dinner from 11 - 12 ish
siesta until 2
go to the club at 3am
back home at around 7 - 8

it is truly amazing how they do it... when we first go here we just went about our usual programme...

wake up at 10am
beach until 6ish (with siesta)
dinner at 8ish
Drinks.. drinks... drinks...

so by 2am we are stupidly drunk with the other travellers in the hostel (when the locals are just waking up from siesta!) and by 3am we are in a vino coma... therefore we have thus far completely missed most of the evenings! but had a fantastic time so there is a ying to every yang (or a yang to every ying, whichever it is!)

only time will tell if we can get into this... we managed to have dinner at 11pm last night and were super proud at how local we were...but we then were so full and sleepy this completely backfired... humph.

as im writing this i am aware you are all going to tell me to shut up as this problemo is really not a drastic problem in the real world... but i am travelling dammit and this is my blog so you all have to read and send sympathy! hahaha

anyway our hostel is great, its really new and we are in a female only dorm which makes it a hell of a lot more comfortable... its kind of awkward when your in a mixed dorm and you wake up sprawled all over the bed with makeup down your face. not that this happens. this is hypothetical. it WOULD be awkward if you would do that. cough.

one thing to note is that the uruguayan people are alot friendlier and more relaxed than the argentinians... and they REALLY love aussies! they always talk about the 'massive' uruguayan community in sydney and how we are like brothers... (read; massive being 300 people!) but hey, its much better than what the americans get ('americanos? pffffftttt!')

we are here for 3 more nights and then we will continue our cruising up the beaches of uruguay.. i am looking forward to getting up to some more remote beachey towns.. punta is beautiful but it is super crowded... almost like a less less tacky surfers paradise?? and puerto diablo is our next destination. there is just 2 hostels here and they are right on the sand and we are there for a week... just a tiny fishing village with surf and sand. far more up our alley. apparently the aussies all just love this place so from the sounds of it we might just live there from now on... hehe

anyway enough babbling from me, hope sydney town (and melbourne town) is treating you all well... its australia day soon isnt it! we will have to create our own little fiesta.

lots of love

love hearing news from home so send send send


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