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Published: December 1st 2011
I spent this past weekend in Punta del Diablo, Uruguay, a sleepy beach town close to the Brazillian border. I had planned on leaving last Tuesday and getting back on Monday to spend a night in Montevideo...but the tickets sold out and I would have had to end up going by myself. I left on Friday morning with Susana, Thy and Heather, which was nice becasue I had the rest of the week to work on homework and get a few things done.
I called a remise to take us to the ColoniaExpress port in La Boca because our boat left at 8am and we still needed to check-in. We could have take the bus but we just wanted to make sure that we got there on time and didn't miss our boat because Susana got in a 1am the night before from El Calafate. We checked in and were on our way in no time to Colonia, Uruguay. After Colonia we hopped on a 2.5 hour bus to Montevideo. In Montevideo everyone changes money in preparation for going to Punta del Diablo because we all knew that there were no banks there. After exchanging money we all bought our
tickets to leave on the 2:30pm bus to Punta del Diablo, a 5 hour bus ride that felt like it took way longer than it should have. But we finally arrived and checked into our hostel, that was literally a hop, skip and a jump from the beach. It was awesome. We spent all three days sleeping and laying out on the beach. Every night at the hostel was a big party and everyone at the hostel became very close because there wasn't much to do except hang out on the beach. The town was so beautiful. There were literally no paved roads, no street lights, no banks, a few little stores and beachside bars, and tiny houses and fishing boats. We spend out days enjoying fish and cheese empanadas and taking in the uncrowded beaches. We even climbed the rocks over to another beach where you couldn't see a single person for miles. Beaches like that just don't exist in California. It was such a relaxing trip. It was pretty fun too to meet all of the hostel workers. Most of them were native English speakers that had traveled to Punta del Diablo and just ended up staying because
they loved it so much. I could definitely see how you could end up getting stuck there. I felt like I could have stayed forever.
On the last day, I decided to go with Meghan to the border town of Chuy, because she needed to get money. We hopped on a bus and got off in Brazil! The town wasn't actually that exciting but we took some dorky pictures straddling the Brazillian border and even ate lunch in Brazil. Afterwards we spend our remaining time trying on the typical Brazillian thong swimsuit and checking out all of the duty-free stores on the border. We then headed back to Punta del Diablo where we walked around taking pictures of all of the cute little fishing houses and we ate the best churros of our lives. We hung out with all of our new friends, cooked some dinner before heading off to bed around midnight so that we could catch our bus back to Montevideo the next morning. Afterwards we hung out at the Montevideo bus station for 5 hours! It was all good though because the bus station was also a mall with a food court and we spend our
time eating breakfast, lunch and shopping. I already miss Punta del Diablo, but I'm happy to be back in the city to enjoy the time that I have left in the city. I can't believe that I only have less than 3 weeks left!
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