Christmas on the beach in Uruguay
Trip Start Nov 20, 2009
25Trip End Feb 27, 2010
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One thing we are learning here is to have lots of patience when doing anything which involves crossing a border. The process to get our ticket, took an incredible 2 hours. The boat ride only took 1 hour!
When we got over to Uruguay, we changed some money at the bus station, and rather than staying there as planned, changed our minds and decided to move on to where we had a hostel booked starting the next night.
When we bought our tickets to La Paloma, Uruguay, where we were planning to stay, we asked the agent where there was an internet cafe. Good thing we did, because, unkown to us, we had changed time zones and we had 4 minutes to get to our bus! If we hadn´t asked about the internet cafe, we would have missed our bus!
The bus ride was 3 1/2 hours and we were definitely on the milk run. We saw lots of small towns on a lazy Sunday afternoon The bus would stop in what seemed to be the middle of nowhere and pick up/ drop off groups of people along the side of the road.
The country was rolling hills and lots of catte and horses, with mountains in the distance. All of the roads leading from the highway were dirt, and the highway seemed to be the ony paved road.
However, the median and sides were mown, just like at home. The ony other difference was the palm trees planted down the median.
We ended up in La Paloma at 10 pm, with no reservation for that night, but ony for the following 6 nights. Luckily, the hostel had room for us.
Again there was an ¨Dasado, a beef barbeque, so we headed into town with the owner, picked up some food, and joined in.
This a small, cozy hostel. across a dune from the ocean, on Baldonado Beach, and we can hear the waves. It´s so nice to walk in the surf again! They are constantly playing 60´s and 70´s m and Bob Marley music. It seems like we´re young again. We´ll just avoid looking in a mirroir!
This will be where we spend Christmas. If we´re not home with family and friends, we think that a beach and surf is the next best thing.
There are about 8 of us here for Christmas, most are from Scandinavia, and we´ve decided to create a Christmas BBQ with whatever we can find in town. It will be hard to beat the beef and half a lamb and a asado we had last night but with all of this international input, we should do OK.
One thing that we have noticed as we have traveled, is that you would not know that it is Christmas here. There are VERY few decorations and no music. There definietely is no commericailization here. The stores, if they have ANYTHING in the way of decoration, have a few trinkets in the window.If there is any music at all, interestingly enough, is in English. However, that is very rare.
As we watch the people in each country, there truly is something to be said about living simply.
Today we took a bus to a really quaint little remote fishing village, Cabo Polonia. We had our fish dinner there and it was so tasty.There were hundreds of sea lions on the shore and the rocks just offshore. Theŭre so neat to see.
We also saw 3 really pink wild flamingos, 2 in flight.
We´re here, at this hostel, until December 28.
Merry Christmas from Uruguay!