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Punta del Diablo, UY

by christina.kronstal on December 28th, 2011
The bus drop off

The bus drop off

Well, a week has come and gone here in the small beach village that is Punta del Diablo. It was exactly the type of place we wanted to spend the Christmas holidays at.

Punta del Diablo signage

Punta del Diablo signage

The village consists of dirt roads, lots of cabaƱas, one ATM (which won’t be turned on until the high-season starts in January) and a permanent population of 700 or so.

The ATM

The ATM

We were lucky enough to find an apartment to rent, because we heard that accommodations filled up pretty quickly here.

We had settled into a great rhythm of waking up late, having breakfast while we stared out towards the water, then going down to the beach for a couple of hours and then coming home to clean up & take a nap. We would then wake up at 7:00pm or so to start making dinner. Enjoying the simplicity of just ‘living’ made it so great to stay here; taking a break from the busy ongoings of travelling. This was also the longest stint we went without eating at a restaurant, where we cooked all our meals at home. Surprisingly, cooking our own meals has been one of the top five things we’re looking forward to when we return to Calgary.

Beach day

Beach day

Chilling under the shade

Chilling under the shade

Dan coming in

Dan coming in

Fireworks

Fireworks

Dan checking out the fireworks

Which one? Choices..

Dan joining in the fun

Dan joining in the fun

Skyping iStock

Skyping iStock

During the Christmas weekend, we spent most of the time skyping with family back home. A nice little treat for me was when I had a short skype call with some of the folks at the iStockphoto office.

Beach book

Beach book

It’s pretty easy to get sentimental over the holidays, but at the same time, I haven’t stopped thinking of these folks throughout our trip. For Christmas Eve, we hung out at the beach, Dan surfing for a couple of hours, while I entertained myself with my ipod, a book that Matas had given me, and the sun – which for the first time ever, I came out with a bit of sunburn!

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

In the evening, we ‘rang in Christmas day’ with the locals and shot off some fireworks by the beach. Earlier that day I had conceded when Dan was eyeballing some of the rockets, and so we found ourselves in the evening shooting them out towards the water. The scene reminded me of Christmas/New Year’s in the Philippines.

Christmas dinner

Christmas dinner

Christmas day was pretty much the same, with the exception of fireworks. The village was actually really quiet and good thing we bought all our food provisions the day before, because not a single store was open. So, we took to the beach and later on in the evening, we enjoyed our Christmas dinner: beef steak with fresh corn and mashed potatoes. No turkey dinner this year, because the apartment only had an electric stove top.

We will look back on this very special Christmas holiday with fond memories and are so grateful for the many things God has given us, including loving friends and family back home. We are now on our way to Colonia for a couple of days, which apparently is a good looking coastal town filled with old colonial buildings – our last stop in Uruguay.

Village view

Village view

 

One Comment
  1. Mom and Dad E. permalink

    You are lucky to find this place before it gets over run by tourists!

    We missed you at the Christmas dinner table….
    It was nice you get to skype with your Tito Greg and family.
    Camille was able to take Paolo to a World Juniors Hockey game – Russia vs Switzerland!

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