12 April 2014

The Dog Days (After) Summer - in Punta del Este

by Samantha Wright

Dog Days After Summer - Image 1 of 2
 Moody day today. We went for a ride around the neighborhood after the rain and the sun came out. As we approached our Apartment we spotted these dogs taking a nap upon the landscaped berm :-)  You've heard the term "Dog days of summer" right? Well it made us smile that these are the quiet, lazy days of inactivity in Punta when all the tourists have gone and it becomes ours to enjoy! Even the Dogs know this :-)

05 April 2014

12-year-old Expat in Uruguay recalls animal rescue experience

Etanne is a 12-year-old expat who moved to Punta del Este, Uruguay with her mother, Karen Michele, in December 2013.

Before coming to Uruguay, they lived between a farm-like home in Georgia and New York City, where Karen had a photo studio.

In Punta del Este, Karen teaches English at Colegio Pinares, where Etanne is a student.

"The people are so warm and genuine and I am delighted with the friends that both my daughter and I have already made," says Karen.

Etanne likes to ride bikes, garden, camp, write.... and rescue dogs.

In fact, Etanne and her mother have rescued more than 200 that would have been put down without their intervention.

Following is an animal rescue story Etanne wrote when she was 10.

08 January 2014

Taking the Bus in Uruguay

Jeff McCullar
Jeff McCullar sold his home and belongings in Texas and arrived in Uruguay with his wife Amy and three children in search of fresh air, fresh food, and to experience a different culture. Jeff reports that he and his family have not been disappointed. In the following story, Jeff shares about his first bus ride in Uruguay.

By Jeff McCullar -  I took my first bus ride in Uruguay today. It was a bit intimidating at first sitting at the station, everything spoken in an unknown language. But all was well.

12 December 2013

Amy Gilmartin shares her experience as a young expat starting out in Uruguay

There was a post on BuzzFeed titled: "21 Reasons Why You Need to Move to Uruguay in 2014". The post didn't offer much from first-hand experience. However, it provoked hundreds of comments.

One interesting comment was by Amy Gilmartin, who was generous in sharing her experiences as a young expat couple starting a new life in Uruguay.
Amy Gilmartin with feathered friend

By Amy Gilmartin - My husband and I recently sold everything we owned and moved to Uruguay about 6 weeks ago.

I can tell you from first hand experience that Uruguay is AMAZING.

 It is slower paced, absolutely gorgeous and it definitely has the kindest people I've ever met (and I have traveled to A LOT of different countries.)

11 December 2013

Laura Kundig, an expat from Europe, teaches the relaxing and energizing practice of Chi-Kung in Punta del Este

Laura Kundig
I had the pleasure of attending a Chi-Kung (Qi-Gong) class taught by Laura Kundig in Punta del Este.

Laura led us though a warm up and a practice that included several Chi-Kung postures.

It was my first time. I learned that Chi-Kung takes focus and attention but it is not difficult.

 “Chi-Kung can be practiced by people from age seven to over 80, and in all conditions. It can be done standing or sitting," Laura explains.

Feeling relaxed and energized after my first  Chi-Kung class, I enjoyed a cup of tea and chatted with my classmates, who were from many different countries and of varying ages.

08 December 2013

Atlántida, Uruguay provides a comfortable writing environment for expat author Susan Joyce

In the age of the Internet, an independent writer can live where she likes. And author Susan Joyce likes living in Atlántida, Uruguay.

Susan Joyce and Gita
on the beach in Uruguay
By Susan Joyce - I am originally from the USA. However, over the years I've lived in the Middle East, Europe, back in the USA, and Mexico. Then, in 2009 I moved to Uruguay with my husband and son.

In Uruguay  we found a great climate, natural beauty, and sandy beaches. “Ah!” I said, “My kind of spot.”

Here, we enjoy fresh organic produce, the best quality meats, and award winning wines.

The local people are friendly and helpful. They have a strong sense of family and community. And they seem to be able to balance work and play.

21 November 2013

Brazilians are seeing the ghost of 1950, the year Uruguay's national soccer team beat Brazil in the most colossal match upset in history



Uruguay's Soccer team, is called La Celeste for their sky-blue uniforms. And as Uruguay qualifies for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazilians are seeing the ghost of Uruguay from July 16, 1950. It is the date, when against all odds, Uruguay beat Brazil in the most extreme World Cup match upset in history.

30 August 2013

Surfing and commercial fishing in La Paloma, Uruguay (Video)

ALMAR is a 14-minute documentary that peeks into the lives of two men that have close ties to the sea.

One of the men is a surfer that makes surfboards.

The other is a commercial fisherman.

Both live in La Paloma, Uruguay
 This short film is the effort of four young Uruguayan film students: Emanuelle Miranda, Federico Bazzi, Veronica Facundo Mieres and Ruete.

The video has good visual scenes of life on the waterfront in La Paloma, Uruguay.

(In Spanish with English subtitles.)

24 August 2013

Images of Ciudad Vieja (the Old City) in Montevideo, Uruguay

Recent images of Montevideo's Ciudad Vieja (Old City) by Samantha Wright.

The grill master at El Palenque, the most popular parrilla (steak grill) in the Mercado del Puerto (Port Market) in Montevideo Uruguay.

23 August 2013

Noche de la Nostalgia, Uruguay (Night of Nostalgia) Getting down in Uruguay!

La Noche de la Nostalgia (The Night of Nostalgia) is an "oldies" dance celebration in Uruguay. It happens on the night of August 24th - the day before Uruguay's Independence Day.

Numerous radio stations in Uruguay begin playing oldies music on August first to set the atmosphere for the nearing party night.