Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Salsa Dancing on the Beach in Montevideo, Uruguay

None of our original plans for Uruguay worked out. We wanted to take a boat from Buenos Aires to Punta del Este, Uruguay, but it ended up being sold out. So we booked a boat to Montevideo, and a connecting bus to Punta del Este, or we thought we did. What we actually booked turned out to be a boat ride to Colonia, Uruguay, and a four hour bus ride arriving in Montevideo at 12am. After being overwhelmed by the confusion of travel, we decided to just stay in Montevideo for a while, 3 nights.

I spent the first couple days close to the hostel, trying to get rid of this cold for good. It finally payed off, and the last day I was starting to feel better. After sharing a bottle of Argentinian Malbec with friends, I headed towards the beach for the sunset.

The ocean always makes me happy. Whether its the rocky cliffs of San Francisco or the white sands of the Caribbean, the rhythm of the ocean is always the same. I feel at home with the waves.

I experienced something new with this beach visit. While walking through the sand, a local dance group invited me to join their ranks. Dancing is a universal language, but the lyrics on the boom box were in English. I was greeted with hugs and kisses. The group was excited to teach me some salsa dancing, despite my inability to keep a rhythm. Spontaneous situations like this make international travel irreplaceable. Have you been in similar spontaneous situations in a foreign country?


12 comments:

  1. The best things about foreign countries are the spontaneous situations. Here's to many more to come your way!

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  2. Sounds like you're experiencing some real travel experiences, going with the flow. I remember when I first got to Europe with my friend Carlos, we went to the train station to go north to Norway, but realized we had just missed it. The next rain was for Spain, so we took that, changing the whole direction of our trip on a whim. Glad you're with friends since you've been under the weather with a cold. Salsa dancing on the beach sounds like a good remedy, though. Curious if you notice mutch of a cultural difference between Uruguay and Argentina.

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  3. That sounds like an amazing time! Love those pictures!

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  4. Hi Alana! Thanks for dropping by my blog for Photography Friday. I'm just browsing yours and your photography is amazing! I particularly liked your shots from 'The Place I Call Home' post.

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    1. Thanks! I am excited for your nw photography 101 series :)

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  5. Have you visited Cabo Polonio in Uruguay? It´s a long ride from Montevideo but it´s such a peculiar place. I was there last year and had a blast! Also, visit Piriapolis if you can, it´s so laid back and tranquil.

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    1. Unfortunately, I am no longer in Uruguay. I am currently in Buenos Aires, about to take a 20 hour bus ride to Puerto Madryn. Although there is a good chance I will be back up near Uruguay in a couple of months, I'll have to check it out then. Thanks for the suggestion :). The places you mentioned are places I would not have thought to go without an experience from someone else, but that how you find the best places.

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    2. 20 hour bus ride? My goodness, how was that?

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  6. Traveling is so confusing sometimes, haha. Looks like you made the best of it, though! Gorgeous photos - I don't live anywhere near an ocean (right now....I hopefully will soon!) but I absolutely love it. Salt water can't be beat ;)

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