Piriapolis is a small Uruguayan town an hour bus ride from Punta Del Este.

A one way ticket on the bus lines COT, or COPSA, runs ten dollars. This is one of those side trips that gives a bigger vision of the country.The beaches at Punta Del Este are well spoken of but the beaches in Piriapolis are smaller, more accessible, with calmer waves.

Walking a wide boardwalk that runs parallel to the beach, I look down and see, peeking out of the sand, the head of a young woman. Her body is completely buried. I don’t know if she is asleep or her partner covered her while she was awake? I don’t know if she protested?

He is about to pounce when he looks up and sees me. I point at my camera. He kneels down and gives me a thumbs up.

It is a beautiful day and this couple has time to do whatever they choose. He chooses to cover her up like a kid playing in the sandbox and she chooses to let herself be covered up because it means he is paying her the attention she wants.

They have the beach to themselves.

Precious moments whiz past our heads all day, like bullets, and a few hit us hard enough to be remembered.

 

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