Uruguay, Part I

 

December 2017
Last month we made our first family trip to South America. We spent most of our vacation in Uruguay.

Getting to Uruguay from the United States requires a long flight but it’s only a two hour time difference which makes jet lag a non issue. After a 10 hour overnight flight from Miami, we arrived well rested.

The drive from the airport to our hotel in Jose Ignacio was about a 2 hours. A rental car is a must. The Jose Ignacio region of Uruguay is along the east coast of the country. While nearby Punta del Este is bustling and tends to get more attention and fanfare, we personally were happy to stay in the Jose Ignacio region. It’s hardly a secret area but it is laid back with a chill vibe, and a place that offers beach, some shops, a gorgeous countryside and some wonderful restaurants.

It is summertime and the weather was quite hot during our week. We spent a few hours each day at the beach. The Arctic currents make the ocean really quite cold but after a few moments we got used to it and it’s quite refreshing. Getting on bikes and exploring all the little streets of Jose Ignacio was a nice way to see more and escape the heat as well. My wife and daughters love horseback riding and its a gorgeous place to ride. Sunset in Uruguay is mighty fine.

One week in a new place is not enough time to do it justice. But I can tell you that we want to make a return trip one day.

Part two with additional photographs here.

(Camera: Leica MP // Film: Kodak Portra 400 // Lab: Richard Photo Lab in California).

Cuba, Part I

Havana, Cuba. April 2017 | Part I (part II here)

Lauren and I made a trip to Cuba last week.

We spent three days exploring Havana and one day we made it out to the countryside and wandered Viñales. It’s quite clear we didn’t have nearly enough time and we need to go back, sometime I hope very soon.

Cuba is an amazing and fascinating place. So much history, culture, art and music. Some of my favorite moments were the late night jazz we caught at a few small rooms and then walking back through the lively streets.

But most all of all, I loved connecting with the people we met. So warm and kind. We were invited into people homes and hearing their stories.  Living a hard life for sure, each in their own way.

Part II here.

All photographs were taken with a Leica camera and Kodak Portra 400 film, developed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab in California.