Sun, sea, sand, storms and scorpions

Trip Start Sep 12, 2011
Trip End Dec 20, 2011

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Camping Aguada

Flag of Uruguay  , Rocha,
Saturday, December 10, 2011

La Paloma was only 7km down the road and so we got there part on foot and part on the back of some construction guys truck. We had seen another campsite as we passed on the bus the day before which seemed to have a fair few tents so made tracks for there. Unfortunately, what we found instead seemed to be some sort of Brazillian gypsy camp. After a bit of charades with a rough looking lady, we made a sharp retreat. Found instead quite a nice campsite a stones throw from the beach and only about 20 min walk from town. Got all set up and went to explore La Paloma. This town seemed like a metropolis compared with La Pedrera but was really pretty small. Again, it was pretty quiet, with alot of closed or empty restaurants lining the main street. 

Later that evening Craig built a HUGE fire on our Parilla and we set to work on the meat we had bought. It was actually quite weird camping in the warmth as we had been used to pitching the tent in snow etc. What the heat did bring was bugs! Wee black sticky ones (particularly annoying) and other flying devils. We also became acquainted with the scorpion! Just a small one mind but still with those pincers....yikes. Warning when camping in Uruguay,  always check your sleeping bag and your shoes. 

The next we spent on the beach...not much to do on the beach except read. We have been picking up books that people leave behind in hostels and so hilariously, Craig is currently reading Bridget Jones Diary! That evening, we made another fire and had another parilla and went to bed thinking all was well. However, in the night, a huge storm hit! It started with us seeing the lightning from quite far off...then the thunder came and got closer and closer until it was roaring right above us. Bits of tree were falling down and so we had to get out and move the tent under a small tree to prevent something falling on us. It was pouring with rain like you wouldnīt believe too. All in all quite scary. Given that it was impossible to sleep, I took to using the stopwatch on my watch to time the seconds between the lightning and the thunder and also to time how long the thunder lasted, what a geek! Some of the thunder went on for over a minute! My brother would have loved it, he appreciates a good storm...he would probably have ran down the beach for a better view.


Our time in Uruguay has shown us that we are definitely not beach people.  Too much sitting on the beach makes me lethargic, give me some watersports and thatīs a different matter. Oh well, while we are here might as well work on the tan!
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