Not sure we can handle many more clouds!

Trip Start Dec 05, 2010
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Trip End Jan 03, 2011


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Posada del Barco

Flag of Uruguay  , Rocha,
Sunday, December 19, 2010

We woke up to gorgeous blue skies and after breakfast, sat around outside, just soaking in the sun that we missed the day before. As soon as we packed up to head to another beach farther east, it was overcast again! I went to check out with the hotel and the girl informed me they only accept cash. We knew what a pain it was in these tiny beach towns to find an ATM, but we begrudgingly headed out in search of money to pay our bill. 
Two hours and five ATMs later, we returned with pretty sour attitudes. We were thinking of all the ways we would slam them on tripadvisor and I kept insisting I never read anything in the confirmation about cash only. 
Since James is the only one of us who can drive manual, he was getting really sick of driving, after 2 unnecessary hours in the car around town and then having to go up to Rocha, about an hour away. All the Uruguayans had told us that the real ocean experience is not in the Maldonado province where Punta is but farther east/north in the Rocha province
We cruised through La Paloma, which on a gray day, seemed pretty drab and beat up. But then we got to La Pedrera, which was sleepy, and full of surfer hippies. Our room had views of the water and we were sad just to see how cool it would have been in nicer weather. 
This town had much better energy than Punta, which is just trying to be flashy, fancy, highend; whereas La Pedrera still had gorgeous ocean views, nice homes, but was proud of just being "tranquila" or calm. 

We walked to the internet cafe after our obligatory afternoon nap (a daily routine we have adapted and LOVE!) and checked the weather. If it was going to be nice in the morning, we would keep the rental car a day longer and try to get our beach day. Accuweather.com told us that it wouldn't clear up until the late afternoon, so we decided it was too dicey to try and stay and end up spending more money. That night, we dined in the hotel and had a fantastic piece of fish, even though the ravioli tasted a bit like chef boyardee.
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