|Posted by Angelina Palumbo on July 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM|
Como andas? Todo bien aqui en Uruguay! Charlie, Renee, Julie, Debbie and I made our way to Pirianopolis, a mustic town created by a man with more money than he know what to do with. So, he built a city! We checked out the hotel Argentina, had a coffee, and made our way to the lift, which took us to the top of San Antonio. It was a great view of the city, and a very tranquil afternoon.
We walked around the market while we waited for our bus, and Chrlie finally found his wool sweater... YAY!! We took the bus to Punta del Ballinas and discovered that the "short" walk to Casa Pueblo ended up being 45 minutes with 20 of it being a little lost. Casa Pueblo was beautiful and well worth the hike. We wondered around the museum and sat down in the cafe for a coffee. As the sun began to set a poem was read over the speakers with words about the importance of the sun, appreciating the sun for all it does. The sunset was amazing.
As sooon as the sun set, the whole place closed down. They actually turned off the lights in the cafe and told us to hurry with our coffee because they were closed! Very strange! We made the hike back to the bus stop and continued our adventure to Punta del Este. We met Samuel and headed to dinner ... excellent food including salmon salad, quiche and of course dessert. We ended the night at a bar with live music... the musician was from Austin, Texas! She sang in English, and everyone there loved her. She was fantastic, and it was a great end to the night.
The next day we wondered Punta, seeing the infamous "hand" as well as the port. The wind was horrible, but it was still beautiful. Because of it being winter the vibe of the town was almost nonexistant, but the tranquil nature was fantastic.
Charlie went home Tuesday, a very quick and sad goodbye for me. He has been a fantastic travel partner and I look forward to our future travels.... (THANKS B!).
Tuesday night we went to a Reggae concert... Yellowman, Yellowman Dale Yellowman. If you haven't seen Yellowman check him out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg2P4Kw9oAY&feature=related His story is an amazing one, and it was fun to get out to dance a bit.
I have been able to visit a lot of museums, bookstores, and historical sites. There is a lot to see here, and I have been really blessed with this opportunity. I have made some great friends here, and am happy with my choice to stay in Montevideo (since Bariloche was covered in ash from the Chilean volcano!).
Week three at the school and still workin gon the subjunctive. My conversation skills in Spanish come and go... it is really frustrating. Some days I can speak well and the next I can't get anything out. I need to figure out something different to help me stay in the Spanish mode. I know this is a process, but for some reason Portuguese came more easily. Vamos a ver.