When Juan Diaz de Solis landed in Punta del Este in Uruguay in 1516, he was immediately killed and eaten by the local indigenous people. Now 503 years later, when Olaf landed at the same spot, all he did was get some sun and find birds.
In 1833 aboard the HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin came ashore at the very same beach we are staying at to have a bath. Like us, he was taking a break before heading still farther south to log wildlife and try to prove his budding theories of evolution. We are following many intrepid explorers, Darwin, Shackleton, Charcot, and even Diaz, but we don't expect to be the fare of the day. Darwin came to bathe here and so must we.
Uruguay is a marvelous place. It is unlike any place I've been and was a fitting number to tick off my bucket list. Birds....we are staying in a place named after a diminutive dog, Chihuahua, and it is birdy as heck, and so far, we are figuring out what is what and I'm already over 35 on my life list and we haven't worked that hard. It is hot, it is clear and the sun on the flag calls us, and even yesterday after some good birds, we went to a vineyard for lunch and wondered in the middle of a Discovery Channel "Charlie Wine" episode.
here he is waiting on his production manager to set the scene. On camera, Charlie came over and gave us some fresh pressed chardonnay juice. It was so good. All the while we ate the most marvelous lunch in a long time. The only reason we got the reservation was because it was being filmed. The view was stunning, too.
The star and the host drank wine since seven in the morning, and arrived to the winery in style. Olaf can only admire the old Chrysler Imperial convertible
It was to my advantage to drive home as the sober designated driver as no one complained when we stopped for a bird. We took off after shaking the wine personality's hand from Miami, and started to bird. The first stop home was a two-fer