La Barra - FINALLY!
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Today I took a walk up La Brava beach. Walked past a few nightclubs right on the beach that I had heard about (one was Ocean Bar) - but I never had the opportunity to go. Well, strike that. I had plenty of opportunities to go, had I not been hanging out at Moby Dick. But being alone, Moby Dick was just a place where I could go now and feel comfortable and talk to people - rather than go to some strange new disco.
On the way home, I randomly ran into Valeria. This was quite a pleasant surprise. She was very tired because she had worked all night and was STILL trying to get home. I took her to lunch and then walked her to the bus stop. She was going to bus home to Maldonado, sleep for a few hours, and then return to work at Moby Dick later that evening. Wow, what a schedule. Over lunch she told me a lot about her life. I gave her my email and so... Valeria, if you are reading this, you'd better email me please! I want to hear how things are going!! :-)
Tonight I had plans to meet Felipe #2 and Nikolas at Moby Dick and go to La Barra.
However the guys didn't show up. Bummer.
So I got a taxi and went out to La Barra myself - about a 450 peso cab fare. $20 US.
The streets of La Barra were jam packed with cars, people, and bars. Could be a great time, however arriving alone was a bit of a buzzkill. I tried to make the most of it anyway. My first stop was the famous club "Tequila" - known for being impossible to get in to. I decided to give it a try. Needless to say - no way Jose. The dude out front basically handpicks people from line - usually people he knows, pretty girls, or the guy who just parked his yellow ferrari out front. I didn't qualify in any of those three categories, so after 20 minutes, I bailed.
I headed next to the Santa Barbara club. This had just opened apparently. And what wierd logistics - first you have to wait in line to buy a "ticket" for a drink. Then you have to wait in line to give your ticket to the bartender. What a mess. The club was pretty expansive, though, with a nice courtyard and good music. However, even after an hour or two, the club never seemed to reach critical mass. So I ventured onward.
The next place I visited was more of a bar than a club - though it was pumping out the house music. I squeezed my way through the front and headed upstairs. There I met a group of young kids - one of the guys was thrilled when I said I worked at EA. I bought them beers which they pounded with enthusiasm. I soon left though. Decided to call it a night.
Outside the street was packed with people - some of whom waiting for a cab back to PDE. I chatted with a few and ended up sharing a cab back to PDE. Well, when I say "share" - I mean the 4 of us took the cab together. But somehow I ended up paying the 450 pesos again. Oh well - it was worth it to me to say "Yeah, I checked out La Barra".
In summary, I have a bit of regret about La Barra at night. I wish I had been able to visit it with friends and not solo. The clubs / scene would have been a lot more fun. It's definitely a happening place - even though it's a little hard to get to.
Stay tuned for La Barra in daytime...