I'm putting up pictures from a trip I just went on. Down to Uruguay, over to the ocean, then up to wine country. Cities, beaches, national forests, vineyards, and beautiful high plains. I love this state. Arguably, the second best state in the world. At least in my opinion.
First up, Rivera. Ah, border towns: delightfully overwhelming Americans, the world over. I got some cheap boots. And met a yarn lady. Score.
We stayed in a hotel, ran by Jorginho, and shared a bathroom with construction workers.
Next up, Pelotas. Incredible architecture, gross city. We went to a circus in the middle of town that featured a dance chorus full of leathery grandmas and a motorcycle in a tracked cage. And the knife thrower... oooo, don't get me started. The poor grandma/showgirl that had to be subjected to that act was soooo not into it. I got the impression he'd jacked up before...The bigtop had the seating capacity for about two hundred, but only brought in about twenty-five.
oo. heeby jeebies.
In an amusing kind of way, of course.
The beach at Pelotas was equally dirty, but there were many nice beaches to come, and I took that time to practice driving the rental car on sand.
This is a capybara, the largest roaming rodent on present-day earth. He made noises like a guinea pig and let me pet him. Fun fact: they eat their own feces to get maximum absorption of nutrients.