Lazy taxi drivers , beaches and a whale in the center of town

La Paloma Travel Blog

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What a nightmare. So our bus was leaving the terminal 3 km up the road at 6 am, so what time should we get up???????????? 4.30 seems a bit early, 5 maybe a bit late so we settled on 4.45...surely plenty of time to get up slowly, have a shower, jump into a cab and still have plenty of time at the terminal .......WRONG, WRONG , WRONG !!!!!!!.......good in theory, unfortunately when put into practise this seemingly faultless plan came unstuck. 4.45 the alarm goes off, 4.50 into the shower, 5.00 get dressed, 5.05 quick snout, 5.10 walk to the end of the road, all fine so far.......5.15 where are the cabs????, 5.20 a couple go past but no they motion that they're not stopping, 5.25 still more cabs go past but still not stopping just an annoying shake of the finger, 5.

in our kitchen/dining room/bedroom
30 stop at a hotel and ask them to ring us a cab, 5.33 no cabs sorry they're all on strike.....BUGGER BUGGER BUGGER, what now???????? Walking that's what, three km with 40 kilos in our turtles and our daysacs too in just 25 mins.....is it possible????? well it was but only just and neither of us want to do it again!!!!!!!!!! We arrived at the terminal covered in sweat smelling like polar bears who've been stuck in the desert with about 30 seconds to spare!!! Got on and went straight to sleep until we arrived in La Paloma three hours later.

La Paloma is fantastic and just what we needed after all the city time recently. It's on a peninsular with beaches on two sides and is great.

cooking in the all mod con kitchen

When we got off the bus we got directions to a hostel we had read about and that seemed fairly cheap and started walking down the road only to be waylaid by a little old lady who must have been at least 100...well maybe that's an exaggeration but she had to be at least 98...she's jabbering away at us about 100 mph and pointing to our turtles. Well we understand about 5% of what she's saying in her schumacher style spanish but we get the idea she's got an apartment we can stay in and what's even better she only wants 300 potatoes a night. Off we go to have a quick look and sure enough she shows us this little apartment with it's own toilet, little sitting area, gas stove ,patio area and obviously a bedroom.Well to say we bit her hand off wouldn't be too far from the truth.

The old bid getting to grips with the barbie
..what a bargain and just what we needed now the old deniro is running out, oops no wrong country, now the old potatoes are almost gone. Oh and what's even better, we went and checked out the hostels here and they wanted 850 and 800 a night...so really what an incredible bargain we got of the old bid!!!!!

We spent 5 nights here and had a great time on every one of them, we cooked up a right storm on our one hob burner, sampling Uruguay´s snags, eggs and on the last night , a fantastic spag bollock POOP POOP .... and it was poop poop in the morning I can tell you !!!!!!! The most memorable night though was on the second or third day ( does that make any kind of sense ????? ) anyway it was the third night and we decided to have a bbq on the ageing barbie outside our apartment.

that ole jumping thing again!!!
Anyway we made our own burgers and got a couple of snags ready to go on, threw on the coal and a bit of kindling and lit it. It went well for about the length of time it took the kindling to burn then nothing ..... another match, some more dries old twigs and POOOOOOOF it´s away again....for about ten seconds. Enter old bid watering the garden...well I didn´t understand a word she said to be but i´n sure it was along the lines of : 

¨" Useless city dwellers can´t even do the simplest thing like light a barbecue it´s a good job they don´t have to go and catch their own buffalo´s to make their burgers with like i did when I was a little girl !!!!"

She´s a nice old lady though so she said it all with a great big gappy smile on her face, but anyway of she trots ( and for someone of at least 100 she can move.

barely alive after getting trashed by the waves!!!
.......no not like that you pervert,  I mean , ih forget it... )  and the next thing we know she´s back , she´s pulled our barbie apart, remade it in the proper Uruguain manner and she´s squirting lighter fluid all over it and watching these massive flames lick the top of her house, all the time laughing away!!!!! It was great and so was the barbie she made !!!!

We´ve spent the days on the beach, alternating depending on the direction of the wind, it´s been great. One of the beaches has the most enormous waves which just pick you up , toss you about a bit and spit you back on the beach all covered in sand and shells. And it´s been sunny YEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, and after the cold of Patagonia it feels sooooooooo good just to lie there.

In the belly of the beast
The other beach is pretty tame in comparison, without the huge waves but the sun was still there so, so were we. HONK HONK

Oh I almost forgot........ they´ve also got this whale skeleton in the middle of town......how cool is that? We´ve got some great pics of Ria being Jonah in the whales stomach!!!! the locals thought it was very odd two grown people crawling around inside the bones of their towns centerpiece but hey who cares our old bid will stick up for us , she practically did a dance in front of us when we told her we wanted to stay two more days ( I did say she could move didn´t I !!!!!!!!!!!! )

Oh and another weird thing, thid morning judt as the old bid was kissing us goodbye ( well not me, only Ria I didn´t trust that glint she had in her eye.

phew what a scorcher !!!
......oh ok thats another lie. I was carrying the bags ) but anyway this guy rides past on his bike and I kid you not he had a baby gorilla on his shoulder..well maybe not a gorilla because it had a tail but a black ape like thing that looked like one and it wasn´t a monkey and it wasn´t a teddy because he had the poor thing chained to him, how weird is that ??? Anyway we left La Paloma this morning and we´re really kind of sad, it was great there and the old bid was cool too!!!!!!!!!!!

Nect stop BRAZIL POOP POOP HONK HONK PARP DIDDLY PARP PARP BBBBBRRRRAAAAAA     ZZZZZZZIIIIIIIILLLLLL 

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in our kitchen/dining room/bedroom
in our kitchen/dining room/bedroom
cooking in the all mod con kitchen
cooking in the all mod con kitchen
The old bid getting to grips with …
The old bid getting to grips with…
that ole jumping thing again!!!
that ole jumping thing again!!!
barely alive after getting trashed…
barely alive after getting trashe…
In the belly of the beast
In the belly of the beast
phew what a scorcher !!!
phew what a scorcher !!!
our little house
our little house
homemade burgers
homemade burgers
La Palomas whale
La Paloma's whale
having a whale of a time HE HE
having a whale of a time HE HE
Macho macho man, I wanna be a mach…
Macho macho man, I wanna be a mac…
Spag bollock
Spag bollock
The old bid sorting out the mess i…
The old bid sorting out the mess …
on the move again
on the move again
Whale and whale
Whale and whale
La Paloma
La Paloma
La Paloma
photo by: mrandmrsbreeze