So Christmas at the beach... didn't feel like a holiday at all really! There were no trees, no presents, stockings, nada. But it was ok, it was like taking a break from Christmas really. Nick and I went to the beach after a lazy breakfast. We had gone into town the night before, since Christmas Eve is when people really celebrate down here, like in Paraguay with the countdown to midnight and the fireworks. Luna, the dog from the hostel came with us into town but then we lost her when a firework went off by us and she ran away. Thank goodness when we got back that night she had found her way back!! So, beach Christmas day, Luna came with us again. It was almost like with the hostel you get a dog! She was so sweet and slept outside our door and followed us to the beach and stayed with us. It was really nice to have a dog that can be off leash and not run off and everyone knows who she is. The day was pretty uneventful other than Nick getting trapped in the ocean by this huge yellow lab that wanted to attack him. He was totally fixated on Nick and was watching him and wouldn't let him leave, when he tried to the dog would go after him until Nick backpedaled far enough into the water. Really weird. Finally I was gonna go get a stick or rock or something but instead talked to some people who helped lead him away and we found another place far away from the dog to sit. That's one case for leashing dogs I guess.
|Luna, beach dog|
|La Pedrera beach, guy kite surfing|
|Zombie Bunker house|
|Some houses in Punta del Diablo|
|Lighthouse at Cabo Palonio|
|Fireworks on the beach!|
Montevideo at first kinda seemed like Asuncion to me, but then we got to the 'Old City' part and it was amazing! Old colonial architecture, museums, huge monument and mausoleum of General Artigas, the father of Uruguay. After a bumpy start trying to find a place to stay we ended up at an old mansion turned hotel. It was very colonial feeling and very charming, there was a bar right under it but it didn't keep us up at night. We just wandered about the Old City really, looking at the cool stores and the street vendors and old buildings. Went into some museums and at one point walked by someones house or shop, not sure what it was but it was filled with instruments made out of found objects. They guy even showed us how to play a few, such a cool thing to stumble across but we weren't sure if we had just walked into someones living room. We also walked by someone painting in his house and we could see what he was doing from the window, something I have not seen in Py.
And then we left. I don't know if I'll ever find myself in Uruguay again but we did learn things we could have done differently if there is a next time. Or if anyone needs advice, we can help. Good times though, good times.