Mighty, Mighty Chivito

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When you visit or relocate, whether to another region or another country, it is always exciting to discover foods that are common to the area. In Boston you would be sure to try clam chowder, Philadelphia a cheesesteak, in North Carolina the barbecue, and in New York pizza is a must. Since moving to Uruguay we […]

Learning How to Walk

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14 months ago it seemed impossible. 8 months ago it felt distant. 4 months ago I still couldn’t believe it would happen. 2 months ago it did. Our daughter walked. Yep. She didn’t just recently celebrate her first birthday, but also her first steps. I’m not talking about 2-3 steps, I’m talking about across the […]

Uruguay’s National Drink – Yerba Mate (mah-tay) Part II

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(This article is Part II of a series of articles on Uruguay’s National Drink – Yerba Mate. The previous article ended by describing how the cebador prepares the mate by pouring in the mate leaves, pouring water, and inserting the drinking tube “la bombilla” into the leaves.) The cebador is responsible to test the first […]

5 Ideas for a Memorable Family Trip or Visit

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Travel can be stressful, yet fun. Hosting people, for us, is fun. We just said goodbye (with tears) to Lindsey’s parents and two brothers who graciously spent 18 hours traveling each way (including airport layovers) to see us. To be honest, the trip was one of the most memorable of our lives. Before they came, […]

Tannat Vines in Uruguay

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Have you ever heard the expression, “Good things come in small packages”?  Well, if it was ever used of any country in the world, we would use it of Uruguay.  Though it is one of the smallest countries in Latin America, it ranks number one in terms of labor and political freedoms.  In addition, Uruguayans […]

Relearning Spanish in Montevideo, Uruguay

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Have you ever found yourself in a situation where, even though you know how to do something, it seems like you really don’t know how to do it? Any Mac user who has ever been forced to work with a PC would be able to relate to such a situation.  A dialogue between a Mac […]

Dog Walkers

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All cultures have elements that are very endearing and some not-so-endearing. One aspect of Uruguayan culture that we have fallen in love with are the dog walkers in our neighborhood. These men (very few are women) arrive at people’s homes at prescribed times on a daily basis, take the leash, and walk the dog. But […]