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Published: March 21st 2009
Past this beach, and the park, there is the large, popular beach.
Today I went to the bus station to find out times for buses to Montevideo tomorrow. I got a map and some tourist information. There is more to La Paloma than meets the eye....more beaches, parks, things to do. With these tips, I walked to the lighthouse and climbed all those stairs to get the eagle-eye view of the area. Cyber travel buddies, I hope you appreciate the things I do for you. ha ha
Later, I walked through the park to see the thatched cottages and horses that remind you of Europe; and I found the popular beach. Oh, and I came across a hotel with huge sign saying that it is advertised in the Lonely Planet. I went in to ask about the price of a single room in the low season. For $16 u.s. I can have a private bathroom, balcony, cable t.v., twin beds, and there is a funky restaurant on the first floor. And even better, two dogs roam around and a cat sleeps on a rocking chair.
Wow, that is half the price of my hostel room where I have to pay double fees for a room with twin beds, and share a bathroom.
This was the tastiest shrimp I have had, grilled on the fire beside the deck.
I might return to La Paloma after the weekend and stay there, if the weather keeps blasting summer heat.
Don´t get me wrong, the La Balconada hostel where I am now is terrific and worth every penny. At night there is a barbeque and the staff often cook food for everyone. Last night we were treated to shrimp, really fresh and tasty shrimp grilled on the fire. There is a group of surfer guys who seem to run the place in the morning (making breakfast) and in the evening. Today they pulled up with truck and took about eight people from the hostel surfing. All of this is free of charge. I declined as I had to check out buses tomorrow because the weekend throws off regular schedules.
If I come back and stay at the Lonely Planet hotel I will miss the socializing, but enjoy the private bath and balcony.
Another thing I will miss is cooking at the hostel. Every day I have lunch in a restaurant and order meat. Then in the evening I cook pasta noodles with tons of vegetables and cheese. We take turns using the kitchen, and there is a variety of dishes from
Every night there is a bonfire. By ten there is food ready for the crowds.
around the world.
POSTSCRIPT Tomorrow I will get the bus at two, and I do not want to leave the beach for the city. I am sure there are many things to see this weekend, but truth be told, I'd rather keep on chilling out at the beach. Outside, steak is grilling on the barbeque fire and people are happily chatting.
Tonight I will see a Tango show at the Theatre Solis in Montevideo. When I was walking on the beach this morning I noted more people than ever...a sign of the weekend.
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