My last day in Uruguay was Punto del Este. I had earlier played around with the idea of going to Punto del Diablo, however it was Semana Santa. Apparently that meant everyone was on vacation and was changing borders. Which of course meant more expensive tickets and harder to get ahold of the tickets. SHIT! So I saw online a cheap ticket, bought it, got a bus back to Montevideo from Punto del Este and felt secure in my plans and ready to enjoy my last day in Uruguay. ON THE BEACH!!!

I woke in the morning to rain. However I had a couple more hours before we had to leave, why the hell was my body waking me up so early, and we were still in Montevideo. AKA we still had a 2 hour bus drive to Punto del Este. The weather at Punto del Este when we arrived though…there were clouds, which concerned us, but they were also moving away. YAY!

First look at Punto Del Este and I'm scared for the weather
First look at Punto Del Este and I’m scared for the weather

The other people in my group wanted to stay the night, so I walked with them as they went to get a hostel. The hostel they stayed at is part of a chain and looks like an awesome place to hang. Especially since it had a kitty!!!!! EEEEEE!!!!
Ahhhhh look at this kitty!!!!!
Ahhhhh look at this kitty!!!!!

My and my buddy
My and my buddy

Kitty trying to get in the bag
Kitty trying to get in the bag

The kitty was so tiny and cute, I could mess around play with it, with just one hand. And it also attacked my bag, the straps on my backpack. Such a feisty little thing. And when it was climbing over my backpack as if trying to get in it, I was silently praying for it to sneak in my backpack so I could inconspicuously smuggle him out. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. But he still made me really happy since I miss my kitty (who is actually a fat cat) at home.

While waiting for the group to get settled in I met a French dude that was cute. I even got his number and facebook info because he is studying in Buenos Aires and that was my next stop. He even said he’d give me a tour of the city….except I forgot about that until AFTER I left Buenos Aires. Damn it. I’m finally social and make friends and I totally ruin it. Sighh…
On brighter news, the sun was still shining when we finally left.

Beautiful day
Beautiful day

Dedos, the sculpture fingers at Punto del este that's famous
Dedos, the sculpture fingers at Punto del este that’s famous
BEACH TIME BABY!!!!
BEACH TIME BABY!!!!

Marissa and her boyfriend, true love
Marissa and her boyfriend, true love

And look at that sea!!! So I start with a pair of jeans, hiking shoes, tank and bathing suit bottom. Bear with me, this actually has pertinence. As soon as I get on the sand, hiking boots had to come off and my feet relished in the sand. It was soft and perfect. The waves called to me and I rolled up my pants. But it wasn’t enough. MORE WATER. So I switched to a pair of sports shorts over my bathing suit bottoms. Good thing I did otherwise I probably would have flashed someone before the end of my adventure…I need some new bottoms… So I kept going in further and further until I got a large splash of water on my tank. Hmm, maybe I should take that off. And then I had to just change into my bathing suit top and go in all the way. ‘Let’s just keep my hair dry.’ Was my last thought before the giant waves submerged me. Well there goes that plan. Haha.
Ahhh waves are taking over!!!
Ahhh waves are taking over!!!

I conquered the ocean!
I conquered the ocean!

For those of you that know me and how I literally don’t go into water unless it’s 90 degrees Fahrenheit, be proud of me. I WAS THE ONLY PERSON IN THAT WATER. The rest of them were wimps and kept their torso dry as best they could. No one else on the beach was in the water either. Bums.

My curse of never being able to warm up came at me in full force however and I was freezing for the next 12 hours.
Lighthouse, church and art fair. We decided to explore and check out these three tourist places. But as we tried to continue down this one street, it was a wind tunnel. Add some sand to that and we’re talking about some major pain. We had to struggle to keep going, hands over our faces, bodies half turned. Only Victor and I powered through it. And we got a wonderful sight for our efforts.

Grass field
Grass field

Oh my gosh, those clumps of grass were actually birds :O
Oh my gosh, those clumps of grass were actually birds :O
Wind tunnel
Wind tunnel
Worth it for the view
Worth it for the view
View of ocean with the city
View of ocean with the city

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Sculpture at edge of beach
Sculpture at edge of beach

We ended up taking an alternate route.
Along the coastline
Along the coastline

Seems like some sort of religious memorial, maybe for people lost at sea?
Seems like some sort of religious memorial, maybe for people lost at sea?
Rocks at the coastline
Rocks at the coastline

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Church, everyone went in it except me
Church, everyone went in it except me
Lighthouse and observatory
Lighthouse and observatory
PLAYGROUND
PLAYGROUND
So of course: playing on the playground (climbing the structure)
So of course: playing on the playground (climbing the structure)

Path back to the coast
Path back to the coast

By the end we were trying to find a nice spot to watch the sunset right by the water. The wind was so strong it pushed a wave over water right over the wall and soaked Victor. HAHAHA I was scared for the camera and protected it with my body, but I didn’t get wet thankfully. We finally found a spot and waited there for a while despite the high winds and fear of getting wet.
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Lots of foam, the wind eventually had some of it flying up at us
Lots of foam, the wind eventually had some of it flying up at us
There's hope for a gorgeous sunset
There’s hope for a gorgeous sunset

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...awww damnnnn, stupid clouds
…awww damnnnn, stupid clouds
at least the city looks cool
at least the city looks cool
McDonalds at Yacht club, what?
McDonalds at Yacht club, what?

A storm is coming
A storm is coming

Damn it clouds. Messing up a perfectly good sunset. But it’s good we left when we did. The winds were getting stronger and the clouds made us fear for our dryness. Which was a valid fear as it soon started down pouring as we got to the hostel. Let me tell you, the trip from the hostel to the bus station a couple of hours later was not fun. Neither was my not getting my original ferry and having to stay awake at the terminal all night waiting for the 7 AM ferry back. But that’s not very interesting so I’ll just leave you jealous of my day at the beach.

😀

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