|Beauty and the Beach|
I fully admit that we didn't get to see the old part of town, which, as one friend described to me, is well worth the visit. I've heard that the Rambla Sur is incredibly pretty, too, but let's face it, what we saw on the bus ride north and the bus ride west - two ends of the city from near the center - was not worth sticking around for. In fact, what I saw made me rather angry: where was all the money from Punta del Este being spent?
|Carrasco International Airport|
photo by Daniela Macadden
I had the same question when I saw the airport, which in itself is probably the prettiest airport I had ever seen. In fact, seeing the airport initially confirmed my suspicions that Uruguay was spending a lot of money to keep people coming back to places like Punta del Este by providing them with a seamless transition from transportation to hotel. But then I started noticing the houses and the cars. I noticed the cars first in Montevideo, and then the houses outside of town toward the airport. When travelling in a poor country, it is expected to see old cars. Why? Well, how can a poor person afford a new one? The truth is, the cars on the road would have been what I would have been in the market for had I still been living in the northeastern section of the United States. In fact, I saw my own model on the road fairly often. I wasn't making millions at home, but I was doing OK and my car fit my salary. There were loads of these cars on the road, and that was what made me think that it wasn't Uruguay that was poor but more that Montevideo is a crap town (again, despite what my friend says about the old part of town that I never got to see).
|The Drowning Swimmer sculpture at La Playa Brava,|
Punta del Este
|Bikini Beach in La Barra at sunset|
|Colonia del Sacremento|
"Hmmm..." I thought.
|The plaza below the lighthouse|
|A typical street in Colonia|
|A quiet cafe at night|
|Surfing near Punta del Este|