Punta Expats gathering draws English speakers from far and wide

Punta Expats is a gathering of English speakers that meet in Punta del Este on the third Monday of each month. At the March 2012 assembly there were 105 English speakers (from Piriapolis, Atlantida, and Montevideo, as well as Punta del Este) who showed up for a special buffet lunch held at the Cantegril Country Club.

Most of the English speaking expats who attend the Punta Expats gatherings are from the U.S.A., Canada, Switzerland, and Germany. There are also many Uruguayan and Argentines who have lived abroad in English speaking countries and have since returned to Uruguay.

Punta Expats provides an opportunity to connect with other English speakers living or traveling in Uruguay. People come for a variety of reasons: to socialize, meet new people, trade notes on life in Uruguay, to find homes for puppies, or to trade books from the Punta Expats book exchange/library.

March 2012 Punta Expats gathering at the Cantegril Country Club in Punta del Este

Punta Expats has been in existence for five years. It was originally organized by a part-time expat from the U.S.A., Janet Soderberg of La Barra. It was then passed on to Margaret Palatnik, a high-end home furnishings retailer.

Silvia Haas
With her busy work schedule, Margaret asked Silvia Haas to assist her. Silvia, with a background as an architect and office manager, knows how to put things together and make them work. In time, Margaret gave the full task to Silvia, who has been volunteering her time as the Punta Expats organizer for the last two-and-a-half years.

Silvia is an Argentine who lived abroad with her Uruguayan husband, Eduardo. After working and living in several different countries, Silvia and Eduardo returned to Uruguay to retire. Silvia reports that Eduardo helps her with Punta Expats and often has good ideas. In addition to the monthly meetings at restaurants, Silvia plans a large year-end potluck.

Members of Punta Expats are notified of the time and place of each meeting by email. There is no membership fee and all English speakers are welcome. If you would like to be notified of future Punta Expat gatherings contact Silvia and let her know.

dessert table!
The group used to move from restaurant to restaurant, but in recent times most of the gatherings have been held at Gofreria Brusselas, a restaurant specializing in Belgium waffles, which offers the Punta Expats a 15% discount. Gofreria Brusselas is located on the Rambla of the Mansa side at parada 21.5.

The March meeting at the Cantegril Country Club restaurant was a special event that drew more people than normal. It was an Asian-themed buffet, and let me tell you, the food was excellent!

1 comment:

Paradise Uruguay said...

Thank you Silvia for all the time you volunteer planning, organizing, and making sure everyone feels welcome and comfortable at each Punta Expat gathering!