Tannat Vines in Uruguay

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

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

Dog walkers

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 […]

Uruguayan Birthdays

Uruguayans know how to celebrate a birthday. For example, at the first birthday party we went to here there was a cake that literally had a fountain of fire coming out of it.  After blowing out the candles (some of them were trick candles I think), everyone had various desserts filled with a caramel type […]

A Whole New World

From the title of the post, you can guess what we’re talking about. Life is different here. Each day we are reminded of how different WE are. Here are a few examples of who this is a whole new world: – When we get a new bill, we realize that we need cash on hand, […]

You Looking at Me?!

You know that feeling when it feels like everyone you walk by stares at you intently and you get really self-conscious–not knowing what they are staring at? You feel like turning around and saying “are you looking at me?!” I’ve felt that way numerous ways this past week. It’s not the sort of look that […]