April in Punta del Este. Fancy because it's where all the Rich and Famous of Argentina and Uruguay hang out in the summer. A small quaint city close to the beach and a much better price in the off season made my decision to delay my return to Buenos Aires for 1 more month an easy one.
Punta del Este is a resort city that sits on a southeast point of Uruguay, but in April it's simply a nice little town. Let's have a look.
Without my steel horse I had a lot to carry down two flights of stairs to a taxi, then most of it went under the bus and in the trunk of another taxi to my new apartment for the month at Torre Antares.
Recommendation: Fuego Urbano for their lunch menu for only $5.50 usd Monday to Friday! See Other Stuff for photos of their food.
Uruguay Tourist Discount - Anyone who's not Uruguayan gets 18% off your restaurant bill. I felt bad for the Uruguayans, but still used the government discount.
|I'm good for about 4 blocks then this horse breaks down|
|A famous cross of MVD near the|
main bus terminal.
|Oh man, standing tickets sold in route|
|Look at this place, coming in to Punta del Este|
|Proper Punta seen as the|
Peninsula at the end
|Isla Gorriti in the distance, I need a sail boat!|
|I made it. Perfect place for 1 guy.|
Apartment at Roosevelt parada 14, Torre Antares
Started doing Mini-triathlons based on "Kids of Steel" wikipedia page.
First Day - Swim 100m, Bike 5km, Run 800 m.
Last Day - Swim 600 m, Bike 9 km, Run 1.4 km.
Tried to do a Mini Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 3 weeks until I couldn't handle the cold of the pool anymore. The first swims took 2 lengths to warm up and the last days it took about 8 lengths to kinda warm up. The pool was about 10 to14 C and the cold water shower rinse actually felt hot after all my lengths. I felt great too!
|Start in the pool, change to bike|
and run gear. Forget putting socks
on with frozen hands.
|Feeling like a machine after my swim|
A quick length of the chilly pool
Walking back from the Marina, one of the main spot of Punta del Este for bars and boats.
A few Sundays I made my way to the Farmers and other things Market (only on Sundays). A 3 km walk / run each way. The return after a kraft of wine and a filling bbq lunch carrying an extra 6 to 8 kgs of produce and fish was definitely more entertaining, especially with the "Shit Bomber".
|Lyons Club here too!|
|St. Joseph Mary, can't Mary and Joseph get their own schools?|
|Oh wow, this is not Punta anymore|
|Lots of houses are named in Uruguay|
|Nice little bridge|
|Is that a horse I see|
Sunday Market in Maldonado
|Corner resto just across from the Market|
|Oh, these must be quality at $30 usd a pair.|
|Lots of fruit |
|Let's have a sausage break|
|Geez, lots of garage sale type stuff|
|Things that would be garbage|
normally sold for too much.
|Probably some gems in here if you knew what you're doing|
|Live food? or pets? I never saw any|
one eating rabbits in Uruguay
|Didn't like this seller. Expensive and rude. |
|Late lunch "Parrilla" (BBQ) and 1/2 litre of wine|
|Where else would you put a satellite dish|
|Clay courts, I've never seen it before|
Amazing Ants working away. I really dig ants and you can see in my wine influenced state just how passionate I am.
|Ants making their on trail|
Returning from the market after a wine and meat lunch I was almost hit by shit grenades! Check out the video!
|The home of the shit bomber!|
After I threw the pieces of shit back at the guy and in to his pool I had to leave when the perimeter protecting sprinklers were initiated. Definitely having fun!
A quick walk/run down to the Atlantic Ocean near the end of the month to say goodbye one last time.
|Uruguay didn't want me to go|
NO BUENOS AIRES BRAD!
|Some gorgeous homes|
|Nice little park on the way to the ocean|
|Incredible looking bark|
|What kind of tree is this???|
Beach pretty quiet as the end of the month approached.
|Somebody is sailing|
|Host left no dish soap, bad sign|
of a cheap host
|Check out the tree roots. Nature is unstoppable.|
|$40 worth of nuts.|
|You can't set the burners, only ON and OFF, wtf?|
|Party time with Nando and friends|
|"Hey, do you think they will notice|
if we take some garbage
|Screw it, I'm hungry.|
|Great salad - every day!|
|Old house, modern vehicle = "Honey, we are parking outside"|
|Buy low, sell high|
|Menu of the day from Fuego Urbano|
|Poor dish rack design, the glass rolled right in to the sink.|
|Yum, homemade salad|
|Am I rich? 1 usd = 29 pesos|
|More Fuego Urbano|
|Brad's grilled fish|
|Brad's bean salad|
|Super cheap chillies! $1 usd for all that!|
|So easy to right a car off|
|Resetting airbags, pricey.|
|That's a big steak! At Fuego Urbano (not the lunch special)|
|Owners of my fav resto which is|
across the street
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