Further to the East
Trip Start Mar 01, 2006
551Trip End Dec 01, 2007
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In the morning I went to the Torres Garcia Museum, and then walked a bit into town, before meeting the three others at around noon. I had (easily) convinced them that they had to try the eateries at the Mercado del Puerto before leaving Montevideo, so that's where we headed. The girls did not eat, poor them, but I had a fantastic asado. Asado is a beef rib cut, different than the one we have in Europe. I had a half-portion, which was still between 300 and 400 grams of meat. Plus papas fritas, of course!
Uvaldo had a piece of baby pork, it was just delicious. It tasted like a sweet, incredible.
After that we took ages to reach the bus station: stopping at artesanias stalls, visiting a crypt under a huge church, going into a huge building, trying to take pictures in there to eventually find out that it was the national bank (as explained the nice guards who rushed at us to make us put away the cameras).
Finally we left Montevideo some time in the afternoon, to the east along the shores of Rio de la Plata. We got off the bus a few kilometers before Punta del Este, and had to walk a few kilometers to reach Punta Ballenas.
The sun was going down, the mosquitoes were closing in on us, I was freezing (cause I left my jacket in BsAs cause I thought Uruguay was warmer...I said that already), but it was worth the walk. There were beautiful residences for very rich people, facing the estuary and the setting sun.
One of them, a classic postcard, is a huge hotel-restaurant-art gallery, all white and with funny curves and points (see pictures).
When we got there, a parapentist was just taking off in the strong winds from the west. He was hovering just above the roofs, or swinging from one side to the other, with great mastership I have to say, from what I can judge. He gave us a few good shots with the sunset too!
Night was almost there, we had to walk a few kilometers back to the main road and then wait for a hypothetical bus to come and pick us up. I started to chat with the parapentist, he was very friendly, and he proposed to take us back to the main road, which we accepted of course. That is generally true with parapentists: they will always take you with them, as they are used to hitch-hike to their take-off spots, or back to their cars.
Eventually he took us all the way to Punta del Este, introduced us to a restaurant owner he knew so that we'd get a discount, and bye bye thank you.
We found our hostel, almost empty, and went out for our first chivito.