Lifestyles of the rich, famous, and ordinary
Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
124Trip End Aug 18, 2006
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We pulled in, as usual, to the local bus station and quickly got our bearings, which wasn't difficult, since Punte del Este is really just a small penninsula a mile or so long and a couple of blocks wide. But because it is surrounded by the Rio de la Plata on one side and the Atlantic on the other, it offers an astonishing choice of beaches. On the Atlantic, the water is take your breath away cold, volcanic rocks dot the shoreline, creating little pools in which tides run in and out, and the sand is nothing more than shards of purple and white shells ground up into sharp little bits
Before arriving, we had heard all types of stories about beautiful people wandering white beaches in designer duds and then retiring to spacious mansions with a yacht parked out back. What we found, we suppose, was something somewhat different. While there were high end clothing stores offering Gucci, Prada and Ralph Lauren togs, and a number of swanky villas, there was an equal number of ordinary looking people and mundane looking buildings. Our expectations far overshot reality, which busted the myth of exclusivity, untouchability, social impregnability. As Americans, perhaps we relish the toppling of an icon - especially a societal one - and, we must admit, we felt a particular satisfaction in discovering that this enclave of glamour wasn't really all that glamourous but rather pedestrian enough even for the likes of us.