Sun Surf and Siesta!
Trip Start Dec 29, 2009
37Trip End Dec 24, 2010
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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..
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..
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..
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
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