El diablo tranquilo - Punta del Diablo, Rocha, Uruguay

Vení a vivir la magia del Diablo Tranquilo

Posted by Reception on December 5, 2013

Calling All Travel Writers

Posted by Reception on March 24, 2011

Just a heads-up to asiring travel writers, Matador is now accepting applications for their Fall 2011 Glimpse Correspondents Program. The position is open to all students, teachers and travelers who will be abroad this year and offers not only the opportunity to see your work in major publications, but also a $600 stipend and one on one portfolio building support. For more information check out the posting here.

For more about Glimpse, their blogs and the work they are producing, click here.

Travel Advice 2013

Remember to Enjoy Your Life, You only get one

Posted by Reception on November 29, 2013

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.

En El Diablo Tranquilo organizamos bodas a tu medida

Posted by Reception on October 3, 2013

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El Diablo Tranquilo Ganador Certificado Excelencia 2013

Posted by Reception on May 26, 2013

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EDT Featured in a rather Odd Journey

Posted by Reception on May 20, 2013

Horse Tour in Sta.Teresa Park .... Awesome!!!

Posted by Reception on April 10, 2013

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Luna Llena!

Posted by Reception on March 27, 2013

PREPARADOS PARA LA LUNA LLENA?
ARE YOU READY FOR THE FULL MOON?
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Corvina Negra Night

Posted by Reception on March 11, 2013

Disfrutamos una noche mágica bajo los estrellas , saboreando una exquisita Corvina negra. Se armó un grupo de gente increíble de todas partes del mundo

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Movie Night !!!! Oscar winning ARGO

Posted by Reception on February 27, 2013

Tonight we will watch ARGO on the big screen at 0s3!
Come down there, grab some dinner and enjoy the movie night with a couple of beers and great people!

Movie Night: Django unchaimed

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Posted by Reception on February 13, 2013

HOY VEMOS LA ULTIMA DE TARANTINO, IMPERDIBLE!

David Pratt writes

Posted by admin on February 11, 2013

About Punta del Diablo and more:
http://throughglassandprose.blogspot.com/2013/01/horseback-riding-in-punta-del-diablo.html

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Wednesday Movie Night

Posted by Reception on February 6, 2013

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An offer you can’t refuse…
Why not relax after a day in the surf by coming down to Playa Suites
and watching this Coppola classic on our big screen?

Video: El Diablo Tranquilo Hostel

Posted by Reception on February 3, 2013

Video promocional del Diablo Tranquilo Hostel, en Punta del Diablo, Uruguay.
Realización y edición audiovisual: Víctor Hugo Espejo & César Espejo
Realizado por Criocrea Estudio Creativo
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Música y Cine en nuestro bar, Cero Stress

Posted by Reception on February 2, 2013

Cada tarde en nuestro bar Cero Stress contamos con las mejores bandas de música locales. Y desde la semana próxima ven a disfrutar del cine bajo las estrellas. Te esperamos!!

Viajero Sustentable en Punta el Diablo Tranquilo

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Posted by Reception on January 23, 2013

El Diablo Tranquilo es sustenable!

Para más informacion, haga clic aquí

Tardes de Música en Nuestro Bar Cero Stress

Posted by Reception on January 17, 2013

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Sunset in El Diablo Tranquilo

Posted by Reception on January 17, 2013

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Posted by Reception on January 9, 2013

Today La Vela Puerca in Bitácora

Posted by Reception on January 2, 2013

We are selling tickets in Diablo Tranquilo $350.

The show starts at 12: 30.

Here’s a song if you don’t know the band 

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Take it Easy, Devil

Posted by admin on December 31, 2012

Amigas y amigos!
It’s the 31rd of December 2012 today!
I’ve been here about 2 months now and I can’t imagine time flying faster.
Every day seems to be a new chapter in a fairytale.
Along the staff we have a hard time believing this place is real and have therefore start calling it: Narnia.

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“Magical things happen”

Beautiful people, nice beaches, great food, you just have to be honest and Punta del Diablo will embrace you.
We also got a lot of sunshine
There have been storms (and when it rains, it pours).
There have been some late nights.
There really haven’t been any early nights now that I think of it.
However, there have been beautiful sunrises (after some late nights).
There also have been some beautiful sunsets (before some late nights).
We’re just having a lot of fun here enjoying life.
Trying to surf, trying to ride a horse, visiting some birds in the national park.
Playing footy on the beach, chilling in the hammock or just going for a nice walk.
Just come around, have a look and you’ll see.
For now, thanks for reading and see you in 2013!
Have a great New Years Eve as we devinitely (no misspelling, just a stupid inside joke) will.
And don’t forget:
“The summer is magic, it’s magic, oh oh oh.
The summer is magic.”
BananaBonno


P.S.
Lo siento para mi lectores españoles.
Mi español es malo, pero mi gusto mucho el pais de Uruguay y el idioma de español!
Feliz año nuevo y hasta 2013!

Fiesta Internacional

Posted by Reception on October 10, 2012

Celebremos juntos este sábado 13 de Octubre, el día mundial de la raza y la diversidad cultural.
22:00 hs en El Diablo Tranquilo Playa Suites.

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Essential Travel Magazine

Posted by Reception on September 28, 2012

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Following Lonely Planet and National Geographic, we have also been recommended by Essential Travel Magazine.

Click here to see what they say about us and other places they want you to know about.

Este Sábado Noche de Brasil

Posted by Reception on August 31, 2012

La fiesta de la semana pasada fue genial!

Este sábado hay “Noche de Brasil!!!” Música, calor, caipirinhas y mas caipirinhas. Reserva una cama en una habitación compartida para ocho personas (US$ 20) y recibirás tres caiprinhas gratis!!! 

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Fiesta de la Nostalgía

Posted by Reception on August 22, 2012

VENI A DISFRUTAR LA FIESTA DE LA NOSTALGIA A PUNTA DEL
DIABLO

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Por $ 550* te regalamos la entrada a la fiesta, cena, bebida y sos nuestro
invitado en El Diablo Tranquilo

An interview with our chef Mateo

Posted by Reception on July 13, 2012

We wanted to give our chef Mateo the opportunity to introduce himself and talk about his cooking. He’s become quite famous lately and even guests are talking about him in the hostel reviews, calling his meals spectacular.

Who are you anyway?
You know who I am man, I’m the chef here. But for those of you who don’t–My name is Matt (or as they call me here Mateo) and I have been traveling throughout South America since January, before I stumbled on EL Diablo Tranquilo one day and they haven’t been able to get rid of me since.

What is a gringo such as yourself doing here?
Originally I came to travel throughout South America to learn about the cultures of the various regions with a focus on the food. Also I hoped to improve my Spanish- which has been going fairly well thus far, unless you ask me to add or subtract. Or talk on the phone. Or decipher song lyrics. But yeah…really well thus far.

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Have you learned a lot about food here so far?

I have picked up many recipes throughout my travels, especially while working at Diablo Tranquilo and exchanging recipes with guests. One of my new favorites is a typical South American stew called Guiso which is perfect for this frigid winter weather. Also I have learned that most South Americans have an aversion to spicy food, but I am aiming to put an end to that one chile pepper at a time.

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Where have you been a chef before El Diablo Tranquilo?

When I was 15, I worked at an Argentine Parrilla in the United States. The chef from Buenos Aires was the original spark in my interest in South American food and culture and a big reason why I am here today. In addition I have worked in restaurants and other food related ventures for my entire life such as an Italian Cheeseshop called DiBrunos House of Cheese.

What’s on the menu at El Diablo Tranquilo these days?

I tend to cook a range of different dishes anywhere from Penne a la Vodka or Spaghetti with Meatballs from Italy to Empanadas and Milanesa Napolitana from South America. I also like to throw some of my local gringo fare into the mix like a good Philly Cheesesteak or Southern Mac and Cheese with BBQ sauce. Speaking of BBQ sauce I pretty much always have a homemade batch laying around to suit everyone’s dipping needs.Oh and cheese, always lots and lots of CHEESE.

Alright dude, enough. You’re boring everyone!

As if cheese could ever be boring.Thanks for giving me the chance to talk a little about myself. Just so everyone knows, if you are on your way here, and have been craving some homestyle dish that you can’t for the life of you find in South America, then just shoot us an email or fb post and I’m more than happy to make it for you when you arrive—no matter what it is or what country it is from. Cheers, Chef Mateo.

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I´m not a Morning Person

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Posted by Reception on July 7, 2012

I’m not a morning person – but the sunrise here is worth seeing. I would never have known, but working reception occasionally requires a 7am start. Sitting on the deck as the sun climbs over the ocean is one of the perks I was not expecting when I decided to spend winter here.
It’s hard to get a picture that captures reality. But this morning I tried anyway.
Christine

How did I Get Here

Posted by Reception on November 26, 2011

It is a truth universally acknowledged that… a single traveler in possession of a handful of pesos (and surfboard) must be in want breathtaking sunsets (or perhaps more correctly worded… sunrises!), crashing waves, copiously flowing cocktails and a just a good time… And if this is indeed so, perhaps Punta del Diablo and more specifically El Diablo Tranquilo is for them!!
As I sit here greeting yet another influx of new guests, fresh faces and beaming smiles; I wonder what indeed attracted such individuals to what I can only describe to be a somewhat fascinating place, a “black hole”. I have recently found myself pondering such perplexing questions as to what draws people to this little ‘bubble’ of tranquility and what supernatural power it holds that seems to grasp people within it’s clutches and on some occasions even…. retain them?
Just ask one of our many friendly staff or charming guests how on earth they got here or came across this place, and more often than not you get the same response… I really don’t know!! It’s utterly bizarre, I feel that the follow image best sums it up in a nutshell:

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It is just one of those sort of places & I would suggest that anyone who is as curious as I should come here to check it out!!

EDT ofrece clases de inglés

Posted by Reception on November 21, 2011

Nuestro hostal ofrece clases de inglés. No importa si vas a pasar unos dias con nosotros o piensas acompañarnos una temporada. ¿ Porqué no aprovechar la oportunidad de comenzar tus estudios o mejorar tus conocimientos de inglés con nuestra profesora nativa hablante? Ofrecemos múltiples oportunidades de practicar tus conocimientos con los huéspedes y empleados anglohablantes.
Para más información ponte en contacto con nosotros en esta dirección www. eldiablotranquilohostel@gmail.com ( Att. Gigi Austin)
Estaremos encantados de atenderte y resolver tus dudas. Gracias.

Spanish Classes at EDT

Posted by Reception on November 20, 2011

Our hostel is now offering Spanish and English classes to our guests. Whether you are just passing through or planning to stay a while, you are sure to make your travels in Latin America less frustrating and more fun speaking the native language. Prices are as follows:

1 per–$15 hr
2-4 per–$10 hr
5-7 per–$7 hr

For additional information or to sign up leave us a comment or send an email to www.staff@eldiablotranquilo.com and in the subject line write: Atten: Gigi
!!Muchos saludos!!

What is this Real World you Speak of

Posted by Reception on May 15, 2011

Working in a hostel is the closest you will get to becoming a rockstar. Well maybe not a Roberty Plant or MarkyMark, but at least the equivalent to the lead dreadie in the local reggae band here in Punta Del Diablo. El Diablo Tranquilo Hostel is the venue that I took the TimmyGoodTimes roadshow to this summer and needless to say, I think I had sold-out shows every night. I couldn’t play an instrument (gave a go at the harmonica, “Amazing Grace” is under the belt) but the night shift position allowed me to be on stage behind the oak reception desk, conducting the mood of the mochileros with Tim’s Twilight DJ mix, all while keeping the enthralling cool and collective mystique of the “hostel receptionista.” In the vagabonding community, the hostel receptionist is a long sought after job because of it’s inherent answer to the always tickling, always itching question of “How can I sustainably travel and live in another country?” Sure, you live in paradise, everyone is on vacation, the mood is high even when the tide is low. However, there is another side of the hostel hero that tends to be overlooked. It is the plight that every bartender, scuba instructor, charter boat captain, and cruise ship server must learn to deal with; at what time does the vacation come to an end? What happens if the initial perks and pizazz of the “dream” job begin to fizzle out and the “dream” becomes just as normal as the “real world” job you left?

The receptionist position is not a job that I took for it’s financial benefits. I don’t have a 401k, sales quota achievement bonuses, or 2 weeks paid vacation. My salary is not monetized but rather exchanged for an opportunity of a lifetime to run free in a wonderland playground where I can throw the frisbee with a few Frenchies at the beach, play a romantic game of “tug of war” with a tough-to-crack- Ukrainian lass, or spin around on a merry-go-round of banter and worldly lessons with the Aussie five-year-strong-world-traveler. My stock options for future exponential growth are invested in the possible ventures and opportunities that I continue to incubate with the entrepreneurial minded guests I bounce ideas with across the globe. I won’t be making it rain anytime soon, but I might do a rain dance with the hippy indigie’s that check in to show off my sick shamanic shuffle for some street cred once in a while. You won’t see me wearing Versace, but I’ll show you how it’s done on the beach playing Bocci.

If I had a nickel for everytime I heard “So…how’d you start working here?”..I’d have about 10 dollars US. The nickel goes far down here in my Punta Del Diablo beach bubble not because of the exchange rate, but because each one of those questions leaves the guest eager to keep dropping their change into my slot-machine of stories to see what they can get out of my experience. Sometimes I talk about the mixed fruits of life that I’ve been able to sink my teeth into. A few I swallowed with pride, some I peeled just to admire, and most I had to spit right out.

There are obvious perks working in a hostel in a foreign land, at the beach, in summer time, and being a gringo. The most obvious reason is being able to be a cultural, worldly, and educated American ambassador of peace and Obama-ness…or something like that. You might become best buddies with a chilled-out Porteno guitarist or conjour some sappy summer love for a few weeks and you tell yourself “Man this is the life, I dont even need to travel the world…the world comes to me!” The late night clubs, watching back-to-back sunrises/sunsets and life rants send you flying high with gusts of gratitude you owe to the establishment that has allowed you to taste the sweet dulce de leche of hostel life. However, right when you are flying high during peak season, a change in the gulf stream occurs, you start becoming winded and slowly begin to spiral downward into a mountain pass of monotony.

A change begins occurring in the way you look at the guests along with your rock star persona; each week the conversations and “breaking free” lifestyle rants becoming more novel and cliché. The half/interested traveler might explain their love of the idea of traveling, one day escaping the wrath of his parents disapproval and with it, their societal microcosm of social pressures and expectations he is bouncing back and forth in. But alas, the short term traveler might really just be in love with the IDEA of the lifestyle. It will most likely take him a few more years and a big leap of faith to appease the pressure felt humming in his stomach to finally realize that there is a life made specifically just for him out there.

The turbines start stalling after you hear the same comment for the 1,000th time; “Ahh well I wish I could stay on vacation, but time to get back to the real world.” The real world…if I have to hear that branded, made-up, fabricated idea of “real world” one more time, I’m going to, well, probably just snicker and shrug like I normally do. However, after a while, this comment does begin to poke ya’ in the ribs. My snicker turns into an exasperated “Ugh”, leaves me a bit uncomfortable and inherently calls for some introspection on my part to dwell on this “real world” dilemma that is thrown around so loosely these days. I mean if you are returning back to the real world, what am I living in. If my life is a vacation, I guess that’s cool but, is that insinuating that I must one day in fact need to “return” to a “real” world? I feel pretty real during my days working here; I eat, I laugh, I work, I sleep. Then the question is, if my world is clearly “real” and they wish they could live my “real” life then why not be proactive and change your situation so your life is a“vacation.” Can anyone ever truly be working in the “real world” and on vacation? Yet before delving into these big questions, I explain the plentiful and realistic opportunities that are at these dreamer’s fingertips to follow their view of an alternative lifestyle, but I still get the melancholy shrug and, “Yeah, wish I could do that.”

My attitude becomes calloused from the onslaught of questions from the same semi-interested visitor who is more comfortable with saying their dreams are impossible because of some cop-out excuse. I have to bite both lips to keep from screaming, “Dude, quit and be about it.” I can feel the lever on my slot-machine begin to get a bit rusty from the sand-blasted shenanigans of the summer wind. Its getting harder and harder to keep spinning out stories and weaving wild and wander-lustful allegories to the eager listeners. I can see that my “real world” is starting to become more like the “real world” that others keep telling me about and my “vacation” might be coming towards an end.
But I think this is normal, and I think it’s ok.

Pants and sneaks now take place of trunks and Havaianas, and you know what, it feels really, really refreshing. It has been very fulfilling to experience the transformation from summer to winter, my old reception job to the business development side of the hostel, and the “hey everyone listen to me talker” to a more humble listener. I now realize that I can’t be annoyed or pull the too cool for school card with the freshly “on the road” dream gazer who is buzzing from the magic of the road and new found feeling of timelessness. The excitement recharges my batteries and reminds me that it is unfair to judge that privileged exchange student from Buenos Aires who has Kerouac qued up her in her Kindle, just because I have volleyed the “So what’s your story…” ball back and forth countless times. These are the exact same questions I used to ask every hostel receptionist, and if it wasn’t for their genuine , thought-out feedback, I wouldn’t have chosen this path either. Even though I might know where the top 40 conversation will inevitably go, my callouses begin to soften when I see the familiar sparkle in their eye; the secretive glimmer that whispers “I know something that you don’t know.” They know that they have no idea what they are doing, but know that it this is the most real they have felt for a long time.

Here I am now, with hoodie draped over half my face, feet wedged in between the couch cushions for warmth, and watching the contracted locals on horseback fill up the potholes and mini-ravines that have been left by the flash floods of Punta Del Diablo foreigners this past Summer. Just as my vacation has transitioned into a more repetitious “real job”, my playground has turned into a think tank. For the first time in years, I have committed to stay in one place for more than 12 months in order to focus on a few new projects, both personal and professional. I am, in one sense or another, returning to a “real world” of thought, while most will say I am still on “vacation.” This real world/dream job/vacation anomaly tends to throw people for loops, changes their points of reference, and poses many tough questions for an individual who is not too sure the society-imposed “real world” is what they want out of life. The real world should be thought of as the environment (not necesarrily the location) you live in where you are proactively committed to growing intellectually, spiritually, financially, and/or physically. In high-season summer, I would have to agree with most that I was on “vacation” from the “real world” paradigm because I had no focused intrinsic goals for the summer other than to sit back, sip on some mate, and stoke the embers in the parilla until the Asado was ready. However, as my reception job became more “real” and the fresh milk of the “vacation” began to spoil it gave me the opportunity to focus on how I could really combine a dream job, in a vacation atmosphere, making money and adding new skill sets in order to create my own, personalized Real World. By throwing myself out there and taking the initial dream job at the hostel, my “vacation” has now yielded a new opportunity for a bigger and better “dream job” to travel around S. America networking with other hostels in the “real world.”

My call to action is to think hard about your “real” job and if you are truly happy. Your “dream” job , whatever it might be, has the absolute potential of becoming a “real” job. It is vital to take a step outside the “real world” grind to sometimes discover that there are endless lifestyles and job opportunities waiting to be discovered through the new people, experiences, and ideas you will encounter out of the comfort zone of your daily real life. Your ideal job might one day become boring, where you feel like you are stuck in the mud of the road that you used to stamp your feet in freely, the road that led you to this initial dream job. At that point, it is time to reassess what you have learned and leverage the cliff notes of success you have attained into your next dream. This sounds cliché and easier said than done, of course, but believe that the craziest folk with the most obscure passions will make it work, leaving the wisher’s on the sidelines of the dreamer’s path to self-fulfillment. If you are cognizant of what you do well, then put yourself in a position where you can use those competencies to make your dream world a reality…and who knows it might just start with a vacation.

3 Responses to “What is this “Real World” you speak of?”

georgette on June 6th, 2011 23:38
as a bartender with experiences in many kinds of venues, I can totally relate to your experiences. I think as humans we all have areas of maturity along our path, and length and time, coping, and learning how to blissfully navigate them are all part of the journey. We all share that, I think that most of us have not had a life example, that we truly enjoyed, that lasted long enough to shine the light on us.
we are currently planning a “vacation” to uruguay, not to escape, not to find ourselves, but to enjoy and marvel in this magnificent world we live in. I hope you will be working the desk, because I would love to sit and have a conversation with you over some libations, fire, and beautiful sunsets or sunrises. thank you for such a heart felt sharing.
to the pursuit!

Tim on June 8th, 2011 12:27
Buen dia Georgette como anda? Thank you for the kind words and stopping by our site to leave a message. As fellow travelers and avid family members of the travel community, we embrace your feelings of ¨marveling in the magnificent world we live in¨ every day and encourage others to do the same. I am thrilled about your plans to shift ¨realities¨ for an some time and would love to share our coastal gem we call home with you and your travel companions. Please feel free to send us an email, checkout our facebook page for upcoming events, or give us a ring if we can be of any help in planning your Uruguayan invasion!
Safe travels and good vibes your way,
Tim

Glauco Cavalheiro on September 12th, 2011 14:13

Maybe i’m starting this search now. Yo soy brasileño e estava en una búsqueda acerca de Punta de Diablo. Por acaso, encontré el sitio de El Diablo Tranquilo e su texto. Identificome mucho con lo que has escribido y estoy buscando maneras de econtrar “My path” para tener una vida feliz, haciendo lo que me gusta y sin las arguras deste dicho mundo real, pero, estoy a buscar una manera de seguir haciendo esto la redor del mondo. Maybe the photography is a way. I don’t know yet, but I will find my way. It’s very nice to see that people once thought the same and has found a way through it. Luck on your projects. I live in Porto Alegre, very close to you and, maybe I get by to Punta and we have a beer together :)

A pro beginner Surfer

Posted by Reception on April 16, 2011

The first time I took a long board out on the salty coasts of Uruguay, I was definitely a beginning beginner.
I jumped up and down on the sand, every time falling short of me instructors expectations as he said, “Again, don’t drag your feet so much. Faster!” Then it was “Smoother!” or “Other side!” Oops, sorry.

I know first hand how brutalizing those first, few times on the water can be just for a few seconds on a wave—when you can catch them—standing, kneeling or laying. You take what you can get. Understandably, I chuckled when I came across this piece of starting out as a surfer but I think it accurately describes the experience and give a few pointers about how to toughen up, and start taking those waves yourself. Even if the title makes it sound easier than it is, the blog is worth a read.

Calling All Travel Writers

Posted by Reception on March 24, 2011

Just a heads-up to asiring travel writers, Matador is now accepting applications for their Fall 2011 Glimpse Correspondents Program. The position is open to all students, teachers and travelers who will be abroad this year and offers not only the opportunity to see your work in major publications, but also a $600 stipend and one on one portfolio building support. For more information check out the posting here.
For more about Glimpse, their blogs and the work they are producing, click here.

While you are in South America

Posted by Reception on March 22, 2011

For someone who’s been living in Uruguay for almost seven months now, I’m ashamed how little exploring I’ve gotten to do around the countries further from my beachy home. After flipping through this photo essay contributed to Matador Travel by photographer Amy Fisher I’m starting to think hard about Bolivia.

Backpackers talk about the Salt Flats of southwestern Bolivia, but words don’t do them the same justice photos do. Checks out the essay, and if you are planning a trip in the area check them out in real life.

The new trip companion of your Facebook

Posted by Reception on March 17, 2011

While the whole world of online flight booking is going through some tough changes—Orbitz is suing Kayak, who is merging with Bing, and Google is trying to take over… well, everything—Expedia launched a helpful new app this week as part of their new focus on utilizing social media.

It’s called TripCompanion and it’s a module designed to embed in your Facebook page. Enter trip details, and the bug will build an array of tools including a trip countdown, weather planner, currency converter, maps and points of interest provided by sister company Trip Advisor.

Check out the app here and a rundown of the buzz here.

Adventure Travel can be Dangerous Really

Posted by Reception on March 15, 2011

Aron Ralston had to cut his own arm off with a pocket knife after a rock fell on it, but he was still lucky enough—if you could say that—to write a bestselling book that turned into an Oscar nominated film. But even though he got James Franco to play him (what a pro) he still lost an arm.

And if that doesn’t seem serious enough to you, take it from Wile E. Coyote, who knows a few things about losing limbs, falling off cliffs and being blown up in pursuit of a massive bird on speed. Thanks to the creative minds who reinterpreted 127 Hours with Loony Tunes.

Be safe, kids.

Your Charged me for What?!

Posted by Reception on March 9, 2011

Airlines’ hidden fees and extra charges have reached ridiculous new levels almost too complicated to track. Here‘s a helpful chart I found for passengers flying foreign and domestic, in and out, of the U.S.. Dont get caught off-guard again.
Chart: Airline fees, what you’ll pay to check a bag, change your ticket, more.

Safety in Sex Appeal

Posted by Reception on March 5, 2011

We’ve all been there. Sitting on the runaway, waiting for take off and nodding off while the flight attendant in front of you demonstrates how to buckle and unbuckle a seat belt. But as many flights as I’ve taken, I have never paid attention all the way through the pre-flight safety instructions. Once satisfied that I’m not in an emergency exit row, and will NOT be shouldering the responsibilities of deploying a giant slide, I tune everything out for SkyMall.

And apparently, I’m not the only one. Airlines know we’ve been dozing off and have started putting out more compelling video versions of their song and dance, aimed to keep travelers attention. Here are a few of more creative ones that have gone viral with scolding attendants, talking babies and… body paint? Check them out. You may finally understand what they want you to do if the cabin loses pressure. And, that seat cushion is a flotation device? Huh.

-Emma

Don’t you wag your finger at me.

Thomson Airlines tried child labor. Cute or creepy? You decide.

Air New Zealand’s flight attendants bare it all to keep you safe. Are you paying attention now?

Introducing Gogobot

Posted by Reception on March 5, 2011

Move over, Trip Adviser, there’s a new online, trip-planning tool set to use friend networks to generate more reliable trip advice.

I know, it’s blasphemy to suggest, but Gogobot has the potential to make it happen.

Founded by former MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe, the structure is impressive and the aim is to develop social media for the travelers. Rather than using the feed back of nameless faceless travelers, DeWolfe’s new site encourages users to add travelers they know,meet and trust to their networks, filtering future advice through them. If you can’t trust your friends, who can you?

I think hostel employees, maybe. I started with the site a few months ago and am still customizing my “Passport” of past trips, wish lists for future excursions and, of course, talking up the eastern coast of Uruguay.
The site is still in beta, but has opened to everyone so check them out, start a profile and invite your friends. Once this Gogobot reaches a critical mass—the only problem is that participation is still limited—it could change destination guides forever.

Also see some of the attention they have been getting in the press. The U.S.A. Today called it “Part Facebook, part travel agent” and this month, the best travel/social media start up.

In defense of your Friendly Neighborhood

Posted by Reception on March 1, 2011

I’ve traveled in 5 continents, 13 countries over land, air and occasionally sea, but I’ve only used a travel agent once. In the age of high-efficiency discount searches for flights, hotels and advice travel agents no longer the same obvious benefits they once did. But even in the information age, are travel agents costly middlemen or helpful guidance?

Personally, I made the choice because I was overwhelmed by searches that didn’t provide the variables I wanted or answer the questions I asked. But even for savvy bookers who know what they are doing, maybe its not time to write off human travel experts for hire.

Galding blogger Chris Owen cites the “after booking” factor as the No. 1 one reason to still chose an agent when deal hunting. After the sale, when the trip goes wrong or new deals come through, they wont leave you hanging. For some trips at least, that’s a benefit worth paying a little extra for.

Check out Owens’ piece on Galding here.

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