At the Beach
Trip Start Dec 11, 2004
16Trip End Jan 01, 2005
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We are at the Greek named, but not themed, beach resort of Periopolis. It is the second in a string of four major beaches to the east of Montevideo, the biggest of which is called Punta del Este (for that reason, we chose to avoid PdE). Periopolis is big enough, much larger than Colonia (though it doesnŽt warrant its own Lonely Planet map..), and it sure is a resort town. Not quite Daytona, but certainly a main stroll and drag laid out along the horseshoe of a bay. There is a calming wind and some fog, so temperatures are quite moderate, though I'm sure Vicki will come back very brown from her sojourn at the beach over lunch hour; me, I've chosen to remain whitey-white and unburned for at least the time being.
Uruguay is a country I would never have thought to visit, but it is nice enough. It is very green and filled with dairy farms and palm trees. It is noticeably humid, though not that bad, and better than damp Buenos Aires; there are also mosquitoes. In our room last night I left the window open and poor Vicki got bit several times on her bare back; she woke to find the sheets with small bloodstains! Uruguay was one of the more prosperous countries of South America (and viewed as a resort visit for richer Portenos of B-A), but I have to say that the buildings are the poorest of the three countries. Most everything is poured cement, especially in the slummy oil-refinery area just west of Montevideo. There are also several teensy shanty areas around the capital (not at all like pretty, postage-stamp Colonia). It is nicer at the beach town, of course, but it is not Portugal, or even La Serena.
Prices are quite variant here. Hotel rates are similar to Chile (ie. more than Argentina) but some food is cheap and some is very expensive. At the bus station in Montevideo, I found delicious and big spinach tartes for only $1, but our two nice seafood meals out have been pricy at $30 and $40 Canadian, which is astronomical in comparison with Mendoza's steak joints.
Vicki has just returned from the beach, so I'll pass over to her!
The beach is roasting, and covered in brown-red vacationers spilling out of their tiny bathing suits. Most people have turned their chairs straight into the sun, and are already blistering at 12 noon....there was one white couple who had their baby in a full swimsuit (like a little wetsuit). HeŽll be the only kid not crying tonight!
We only have 2.5 days left. It has gone by too quickly, but we are starting to miss home, family and moe + lu, so I guess we should be getting back. We havenŽt yet decided whether we will spend a day in Montevideo yet (it didnŽt look that great from the bus station...), but may just stop by on the way back to Buenos Aires. Probably one more post before we head back. Hope youŽre all still enjoying your Christmas holiday - weŽll see you soon
love Vicki and Bruce
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