Thursday, January 22, 2009

Ur- a - gay (or uruguay)

Uruguay is an underrated country with awesome attractions abound. It's also very European (there are no true native uruguans as it was settled by the portuguese who fought the spanish, more history stuff, but yeah, you get it)... From beachside resorts to cool farms (I know, right?), it's definitely positioned itself as one the emerging destinations for 2009. Not to mention the guys here are hotter than the guys in argentina (see the Hot Guy Olympics in the next post!)

I took the 45-minute ferry across the rio de la plata to land in colonia del sacramento, a UNESCO world heritage city (as of 1995). Just outside the "old city" was the resort town, catering to... you guessed it ! argentines. and this fat asian. who, 1 hour into checking in, already made myself feel at home.

the sunsets were quite unrivaled and the views pretty terrific from my window. You can't see, but there's Jason vorhees behind that tree.

karentina and i shacked it up in the spa pretty much 24-7 when we were at the property. here i'm imitating me imitating a british bodybuilder imitating me.

believe it or not, we went to visit the home/museum for the Guiness World Record guy who owns the most pens in the world. he also owns other stupid shit.

obs, the highlight was the old city itself, founded by the portuguese. the cobble stones were erratic, just the why i like it, and the city at night was pretty fucking magical.

oh, hey look! it's michael luongo... the guru on argentina (he wrote the frommers guide book). he played argentina hookey and came to uruguay with us, where this guy interviewed him for god knows what.

speaking of other "celebs", our host (sergio) was all about gettin in front of the camera with $10 sunglasses.

this one's for me straights. git it.

i have to admit, all the traveling and sightseeing gets us pooped (in transit to punta del este!)

but i was happily awake to meet mr carlos paez vilaro, who constructed the striking, inhabitable adoble sculpture in punta del este. unfortunately his dumb-ass assistant has no idea how to take a photo. hey moron! angle the fucking camera so the light is out of our faces, be-yotch!

this is his masterpiece.

speaking of aerial views, we took a helicopter ride to check out the scene. they made the mistake of hiring me as co-pilot.


of course, we didn't want to miss the inauguration so we had to get a laptop hook up. go obama!

jose ignacio is punta del este 50 years ago. no high rises, no cramped beaches and totally unspoiled (oh, and chockfull of hotties!)

i had the honor to meet one of uruguay's top artists, Pablo Atchugarry, at his studio/gallery. His art was pretty amazing. What else was pretty amazing?

his fucking hot SON...

who just decided to walk around shirtless all day.

during interviews and important tours. .

obviously his mom did not give a shit either.

speaking of old ladies, can you believe this bitch is a princess??? she was all like, "fuck that i aint getting my picture with this fool eatin all my food"

and the winner of hot beach olympics... la barra!

but a solid competitor is the whole coast of la rambla in Montevideo...

ignacio ALMOST made Hot Guy Olympics but he didn't take his shirt off when i requested.

oh, and these guys ALMOST made it too but they took me to a shitty restaurant.

speaking of threesomes, meet my new friends. !

who took me out to experience the nightlife, which i have to admit, wasn't that bad.

what else wasn't bad?... the Uruguayan wine. obs.

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