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10.1.17

Travel writing as a second career—An interview with Lee Harrison

Lee Harrison
When it comes to writing about expat life in Latin America, Lee Harrison stands tall.

With 15 years in the travel-writing business, Lee has traveled all over Latin America and been to Spain and Ireland.

His writing credits include hundreds of e-letters and printed magazine articles, as well as four country guides.

Lee is also a speaker. He's appeared at about 75 events so far, presenting on real estate investing, retiring abroad, and the overseas living experience.

In this Post:
  • Lee's story of accidentally becoming a travel writer at age 49
  • The best aspects and occasional challenges of life as a travel writer 
  • Plus, expert advice on breaking into travel writing as a second career 
So, read on...

3.1.17

Where to live in Montevideo, Uruguay Part 4 of 4: Parque Rodó--A small community with a lot going on

Outdoor roller skating rink in the Montevideo community of Parque Rodó
This post about Montevideo’s Parque Rodó is Part 4 of a four-part series of a four-part series on Montevideo communities that offer a high quality of life.

Parque Rodó is a small area with a lot going on.

27.12.16

Where to live in Montevideo, Uruguay Part 3 of 4: The Old City and Centro--Historic architecture and cultural events

Plaza del Entrevero in Montevideo's Centro (also called Plaza Fabini)

This post, covering Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja and Centro, is Part 3 of a four-part series on Montevideo communities that offer a high quality of life.

In Ciudad Vieja and Centro, you find the city’s early architecture and the most in the way of cultural events. 

20.12.16

Where to live in Montevideo, Uruguay Part 2 of 4: Carrasco--Upscale and roomy

Single family homes in Carrasco
This post, covering the Montevideo community of Carrasco, is Part 2 of a four-part series on Montevideo communities that offer a high quality of life. 

Carrasco is a low-density area of Montevideo with large homes and prestigious institutions.  

13.12.16

Where to live in Montevideo, Uruguay Part 1 of 4: Pocitos Area--the best in modern urban living

Montevideo's Pocitos Beach

This post introding Montevideo's Pocitos Area, is Part 1 of a four-part series on Montevideo communities that offer a high quality of life.

The most popular area to live in Montevideo is comprised of three adjoining communities: Pocitos, Punta Carretas, and the west side of Buceo.

These three communities, together, are often referred to as the “Pocitos Area” or as “Pocitos”.

In the Pocitos Area you find modern apartment living, convenient shopping, a wide range of cafes and restaurants, and several multiplex theaters.

Where to live in Montevideo, Uruguay--Introduction to a four part series


Which city offers the highest quality of living in South America?

According to Mercer, it's Montevideo, Uruguay.

When you come to Montevideo, you'll find its population of 1.4 million spread across 62 distinct neighborhoods.

So, which Montevideo neighborhoods offer the best quality of life?


Welcome to a four-part series: Where to Live in Montevideo, Uruguay--introducing you to four stand-out areas in South America's most livable city.

6.12.16

Teaching English in Uruguay – An interview with Gerardo Valazza, a Director General at the Anglo Cultural Institute in Montevideo, Uruguay

Gerardo Valazza
Teaching English in Uruguay can lead to an interesting career for both Uruguayans and expats.

Back in 1989, Gerardo Valazza was a college student studying engineering. He started teaching English on the side through the Anglo Cultural Institute in Montevideo, Uruguay to earn some money.

“However, I became more involved with teaching English. I ended up leaving engineering for an English teaching career,” says Gerardo.

After teaching for a while, Gerardo accepted a faculty position. Over the years, he's advanced within the Anglo to become one of  three Director Generals, as well as the manager for the Cambridge English Language Assessments.

29.11.16

Trends in Montevideo’s Old City--an interview with real estate agent, Bettina Stratta

Bettina Stratta
“You find every aspect of Uruguayan culture concentrated in Ciudad Vieja," says Bettina Stratta, a real estate agent who lives and works in Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja (Old City).

“Several new hotels, restaurants, and trendy shops are opening in Ciudad Vieja.

And in this age of Airbnb, over 100 apartments in Ciudad Vieja are now rented short term. This is a big change.

22.11.16

Learn Spanish in Uruguay at La Herradura Spanish-Language School

Montevideo's Plaza Independencia
What’s the quickest way to learn Spanish? The best answer I’ve heard was over dinner, about seven years ago.

Henry, a Uruguayan with an international background told the story of two non-Spanish-speaking executives who learned enough Spanish to start work at their company's Uruguay office in just 10 weeks.

Here's how they did it:

15.11.16

Getting a Job In Uruguay - Two Things You Should Know

Ana Inés
By Uruguay relocation specialist, Ana Inés Pérez Bianchi 

How do expats who move to Uruguay support themselves?

Many have a retirement income. Some start a small business activity, like renting out a vacation property. Others arrive bringing their online job with them. And then there's those who get a job in Uruguay.

If you’re considering a new life in Uruguay with the idea of finding a job as a means to support yourself, I have two recommendations.