Sunburnt and Back in B.A.
January 26th, 2008
After only one beach day in Punta del Este, Emily and I both managed to unintentionally burn ourselves to a crisp (Tip: don´t try to apply spray on sunscreen on a windy beach). So rather than spend another day on the beach hiding from the sun, we decided to take an earlier bus/boat back to Buenos Aires.
We only ended up spending 2 nights in Punta del Este, but that was enough for us. It was nice to get out of B.A. for awhile and see somewhere new (and get another stamp in the passport), but Punta del Este isn´t our favorite place ever. It reminded us of Surfer´s Paradise in Australia a little bit in that it was packed with highrises on the beach and the town didn´t seem to have much character. There were also 3 cruise ships there the same time we were, and the prices in Uruguay (or at least in Punta) are about the same as at home which is way more expensive that Argentina.
We took the long way back – 4 hour bus to Colonia and a 1 hour fast ferry to B.A. The bus was supposed to leave at 1:45pm and after putting my bag on the bus at 1:15, I went inside to get some lunch before we left. After I had ordered some food to go, I saw the bus start to pull out and Emily run up to talk to the driver. She got them to wait for me and I ran back and hopped on. The bus left 20 minutes early….I have no idea why but I was just glad that I made it back in time.
The rest of the trip went smoothly and it ended up being a great travel day. The drive through the Uruguayan countryside was very nice and relaxing, and was somewhat reminiscent of our long bus rides on our big RTW trip.
We are just going to hang out here for a couple more days, eat a lot of steaks, and try to see a couple different parts of the city before we leave on Sunday night. I´ll be posting pictures as soon as we get back to the US.