To Tan In The Sun
Trip Start Jan 20, 2004
88Trip End Feb 01, 2005
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Upon arriving in Piriąpolis I went for a walk along the Rambla de los Argentinos, saw the flashy Argentino Hotel with its flashing casino lights and stopped by the Tourist Office for a selection of highlights (other than the beach).
Armed with my map, I continued walking along the beach, past the port and took a chairlift up to Cerro San Antonio. There were great views of the town, beaches and nearby mountains poking up randomly among the green.
There`s also a church or templo which only has room for a saint holding a baby (Jesus??) and lots of potplants around the circular building. Out front there was a pretty cool statue of a silhoutted Mary. On the ride back down, the views were even better.
Whilst the beach isn`t anything spectacular, it did give me somewhere to while away the afternoon. I had been hoping like crazy that there would be some warm weather on the way, and the day was fantastic. It wasn`t roastingly hot, but it was the kind of weather that meant you could lie on the sand for hours and hours without working up a sweat or feeling crispy.
It was fun to watch a group of old men playing bowls on the sand, jumping excitedly when there was a good bowl. I can`t imagine any of the Australian bowlers jumping around with such emotion!
There were a few other sunbathers, but not many, and some boys playing soccer, but mostly I think this is a family place so there were lots of kids playing in the sand rather than the "be seen" beaches of Brazil.
Things I Learned
* There seems to be a lack of people from Piriąpolis in the 20 - 30 age bracket.
* Bike riding may be fun, but it gives you a sore bottom.
* The beach is boring by yourself.