Monday, January 16, 2006

It's summer time, not much sun though

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Uruguay summer, La pedrera, 2006
First half of january is over, typically the best days in the year to go on vacations in Uruguay. Usually the best weather days in the whole year, when every teenage girl takes like twelve daily hours of suntan, until it hurts, literally. Even though in this corner of the world it's highly adviced against sunbathing between eleven am to three, because of the ozone layer hole, you know...sun hurts, didn't used to, but now it does, shame on polluting countries! But not this year, nope, the first half of january's been more like... is it really january? is this rain stopping, ever? when are the clouds going to leave?

Map, Uruguay, golden coast, costa de oroHere are some pictures taken in La Pedrera, Rocha, and Solis, Maldonado. Well, yeah, there are a lot places to go on vacations in Uruguay, besides Punta del Este, which is the only one that people seem to talk about. While Punta del Este is more of a high profile beachside, resort, there are a lot of places, specially in Rocha, but also in Maldonado and Canelones, that are pretty good to spend some days lying on the beach, reading, taking naps, swiming, fishing doing whatever but working. In particular, in Rocha, it's where the best beaches are and where less populated is. People go there camping, or stay in rented houses, sometimes, even fishermen hutslike houses. In winter, most of those places are deserted, which is why a lot of people like to go off season, typically in december, or march.

enjoy the pics!

La Pedrera


Camping in la pedrera, uruguay

La Pedrera, Rocha, beach

La Pedrera beach, Rocha, uruguay

Solís


solis beach, maldonado, uruguay

Solis beach, maldonado, river, uruguay

Solis, maldonado, uruguay, with friends
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16 comments:

Lacafana said...

What a nice pictures, gabo.
¡Viva Uruguay! y tenés razón: the best beaches are in Rocha.

Stephen said...

¡Muy hermoso!
I'm looking forward to visiting Uruguay when my Spanish has improved.

ambarwarrior said...

Hi, your blog is interesting!
I have a question about Uruguayan politics. The news, lately, is proclaiming the rise of the Left in South America. What do you think about President Vasquez? I think the American media is sensationalizing the Socialists of South America. I wanted to know from someone living there before I make any conclusions. Thank you!

gabo_uy said...

Uruguay's been at least since around the fifties, sixties, quite a conservative country. Tabare would have never won if he didn't gain the moderate right vote. Tabare is above all a politician, he's no extremist. He has the merit of leading to a same port one very heterogeneous coalition, with voices that range from the extreme left, to the center of the political spectrum, and he's always managed to impose his will, and leadership.
It's been already almost a year of his chair, and most of the goverment guidelines have been to continue what the former (rightish) goverment was doing, which at least was useful to send away the fears in the hardcore right wing citizenship.

Regarding the rest of south america, the rise of the left seems to me to be closer to the european model. Which IMHO is a walk towards a moderate socialism vision, but with the feet standing in the, unfortunately, unavoidable laws of economics.

Todd Mecklem said...

Great blog! I'll be reading it with interest as I prepare to head south. I'll be flying into Buenos Aires for a visit in early May, and I should make it to Montevideo for a day or two. It should be very interesting...

Anonymous said...

gabo_uy, this blog is awesome. I love how you describe as little details as the horneros (by the way, I too, used to think their houses had many rooms inside when I was a kid).

I'm Uruguayan and live in Uruguay, and I often find myself answering questions about it, mostly about the way of living, culture and traditions.

You've done a great job in this blog, and I eagerly await the next entry :)

Anonymous said...

Hello,
Perhaps you do not take requests, but I would appreciate hearing about how you felt (or how Uruguay felt) about the Australia defeat in november.
I believe Uruguay takes a certain pride in their futbol. I once heard, futbol is not part of Uruguay...it IS Uruguay.
Any thoughts...
Gracias.
n

gabo_uy said...

there's some truth to what you say, football plays an important part in the national identity of uruguay. the post on the subjetct is here.

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