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Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
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Trip End Jul 15, 2013


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Saturday, October 13, 2012

After saying goodbye to Tom who was off back to Washington DC and 'see you on weds' to Wolfgang who was off to tend to his project in the north of uraguay we got the 10am bus to cabo polonio.
We arrived just over 4 hours later to the bus station from which we needed to take a 4x4 buggy up to cabo polonio. It is all pretty much sand dunes until a small patch of grass at the end of the peninsula, where people have knocked up some sheds to live in. Well some really did look like sheds, others very small one room concrete buildings. There is no mainline electricity but some from a generator. There are no roads or cars just a few people, a couple of shops, some stalls for the tourists and a lighthouse.

It is very peaceful as you can imagine and also very windy but with a strong sun. The main draw of cabo polonio apart from the scenery (it is on a thin wedge of land with beaches to both sides) is the colony of sealions. They are entertaining to watch pulling themselves along the rock and then flopping down as if they are exhausted from the exertion! The big male one sounded like chewbacca when he moaned and was forever poking his nose into whatever the others were doing. There were some little ones as well which were very cute.
We climbed the lighthouse (which we discovered tonight is a working one) and from the top had views out over the town and sea, where we saw 2 whales swimming together.

I needed an early night after the 2 litres of beer the previous night so we watched the lighthouse from our room after an early dinner at the only real resturant in the place.

Our room is some chipboard that someone has attached to the front of their house...exactly like a garden shed with a bed in. But it is perfectly comfortable and our host very friendly. She keeps commenting to me in spanish to which I have to guess from the context and odd word I can catch what to reply with.....the reply typically is si, no or un poco. Some times I throw in a muy bien depending how confident I feel about the comment.

Beautiful place and nice to have a change of scenery.
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