Halloween in Punto Del Diablo!
Trip Start Jul 22, 2008
52Trip End Dec 10, 2008
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The hostel here is called El Diablo Tranquilo and it was just opened by a young American couple that make you feel really welcome as soon as you arrive. They also run a great, stylish restaurant right down on the beach that goes by the same name. They also rent surf boards and wet suits and there is a guy who gives lessons if you want them. It's been a while since we were in a really social hostel after not seeing any other travelers in Buenos Aires, Mar Del Plata and Villa Gessel, so its nice to chat to people in the kitchen and common areas. That said, it can be a bit annoying/overwhelming when every time you leave your room, you have to make small-talk with everyone you have met, including the obnoxious ones! We have become a little bit reclusive after having only each other to talk to for several months so our chit-chat-ness is a bit low. But its good fun.
And, since we arrived for Halloween, we were invited to the hostel's costume party down at the beach-bar. Since we only have about 10 garments each, Andy put on his striped scarf and I drew a lightening bolt on his head and he became Harry Potter (a big winner). I put on my black long underwear set, a black touque (wooly hat) and tons of black make up and went as an EMO (we thought it was hilarious but lots of people didn't know what an EMO was. Ah well, we entertained ourselves). The party included a beer chugging contest (There was a bit of a frat boy contingent who thought this was brilliant and though it is really the last thing we wanted to do, we didn't want to be party poopers so we joined in) and I'm pleased to say that I won my heat (all those 20 year olds just don't have my experience!). Andy didn't make it past his heat I'm afraid, and then I lost in the final to a 250 pound American. Ah well, I had some glory for a short time!
In any case, I can't recommend this town enough. It's just so cute! We laze around on the beach and go for long walks and eat fresh seafood and chat with lovely Germans and just generally have a great time. We are sad to be leaving Uruguay tonight, its been so much better than we expected. From the picturesque cobble-streets of Colonia to the sophistication of Montevideo to this little surfer paradise have made it pretty great value for our time and money.
But bring on Brazil!!