Family in Uruguay
Trip Start Jan 10, 2008
21Trip End Jun 03, 2008
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We headed straight to their holiday home in Atantida (after stopping briefly for a chivito) where we were made to feel very much a home straight away. The holiday home itself was designed specifically for the family and is perfect for socialising- there is a fantastic patio area at the back of the garden which has both a huge BBQ and a wood burning oven. We had some real culinary treats out here over the duration of our stay. The photo you can see here is Uncle Phil taking stuffed fresh bread out of the oven during on of the many feasts.
After 2 weeks with the family we decided to give them a couple of days peace and check out Cabo Polonio. This resort is popular with locals, partly because it can´t be reached by road. The resort is isolated from the outside world by 10kms of sand dunes that you have to board a 4x4 sand truck to cross. It was a fantastic journey for us as we were greeted by a flock of birds flying alonside our truck, seemingly having a look at the latest arrivals.
One of the other attractions of Cabo Polonio is the sea lion colony, which is about 500metres from the shore. They are mightily impressive beasts, but they are in the habit of fighting to the death. The resulting corpses are washed to the beach where they rot and stink!
When we awoke and had breakfast to the stink of rotting blubber on our first morning we decided that 1 night would be enough it C.P. The beaches were beautiful and isolated, but hard to enjoy with that smell in your nostrils. We were back in the tranquility of Atlantida in time for tea!
The end of our stay in Uruguay came much too soon. We spent our last evening with the family in a lovely fish restaurant in Montevideo. On our way to the restaurant we saw an unforgetable street scene; A family of about 10 had taken over the pavement outside their house for a BBQ in a half oil-drum. They had taken everything into the streets- tables, chairs, kitchen stuff, the works. The best bit was that the Dad had even taken the TV out so he didn´t have to miss the football whilst eating.
We´d like to thank Philip, Beatriz, Steven and Sabrina for making our stay in Uruguay truly unforgetable and for making us feel so welcome. To our family back at home- when are you coming to visit? It´s amazing here!
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