Scott’s Uruguay Timeline

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  • Dec 05, 2014

    Lunch Talk at 30,000 feet Man on a medical mission

          Even though airline food is made for a small eater, in a miniature container with small utensils,it is appreciated. The passenger seated next to me feels like talking, listening costs me nothing, and, at 30,000 feet up, since I’m not going anywhere except where this plane goes, I listen to my fellow […]

  • Dec 05, 2014

    In Transit Flying over the Andes

        Being in transition is being a traveler. You have one suitcase with clothes and an extra pair of walking shoes in the cargo hold. You have a carry on bag in the overhead with computer stuff, headphones, extra pens and paper, schedules, an umbrella, toothbrush, personal items. Your wallet and passport are in […]

  • Dec 05, 2014

    Hotel Talk/ Ramon Massini Suites/ Pocitos A typical day

        Tourist days come in all kinds of packages. You are sleeping in strange rooms, surrounded by people you don’t know, eating food on the go that your stomach doesn’t recognize. There is television in a different language, obsessing with schedules, making connections, keeping up a big river ride on a little inner tube. […]

  • Dec 04, 2014

    Coffee Sign/Hotel Massini Lobby Lobby of Massini Suites, Montevideo

        This coffee is cheap, but not the best. You buy a dollar token at the hotel reception desk, drop the token in the coffee machine’s  slot, slide your cup in position, choose your poison, push a button, and wait as a small drizzle of coffee fills your paper cup almost to the top. […]

  • Dec 04, 2014

    On My Way Out the Door Old sights

        It always feels right to return to familiar places and people on a trip. This day I revisit Jesper and Olenthe, Maria, and Gabrielle at the Urban Heritage offices, and the girls at Punta Ballena Coffee Cup who have fixed me coffee every morning and tolerated my mangled Spanish. The shutters to my […]

  • Dec 03, 2014

    Fabini Plaza Xmas is nearing

        On a Montevideo city bus headed back to Ciudad Vieja, Christmas decorations catch my eye. I take a detour off the city bus to enjoy them closer. This Plaza is not far from Independence Plaza. Today, there are spectators lounging on park benches, not in any hurry to move down to Independence Plaza […]

  • Dec 03, 2014

    Theatro Solis, Montevideo Free day for English speaking tours

        The Theatro Solis is a renovated landmark in Montevideo dedicated to the performing arts, fine arts, and community awareness of the arts. It was restored completely in the 1950s and looks now like it did in the 1800s. When you walk inside you are greeted by ushers and today is good to visit […]

  • Dec 03, 2014

    Peanut Butter/Uruguay Peanut butter hunt in Uruguay

        One might think getting peanut butter in Uruguay is easy. When your taste buds get the best of you though, it becomes a scavenger hunt to satisfy your suddenly craving taste buds. The only place I have found peanut butter in Montevideo has been at the Frog, a small mini-grocery you find in […]

  • Dec 03, 2014

    The Bill Nailed down/ 1950’s Remembered Pocitos diner

        Pocitos doesn’t awake until ten in the morning. My first time past the little diner on the corner, a block from the beach, the sign in the window says Cerrado. Doubling back, Albierto is now in its place. A plaque on the exterior says this establishment, in one form or another, has been […]

  • Dec 02, 2014

    Potty Training Bidet is here to stay

        Many accommodations I have stayed in here have had a bidet. You see them in other countries, but I never remember seeing as many as there are in Uruguay.  There have been issues. In bathrooms, bidets occupy the spot closest to the shower. The toilet is shoved in a corner so when you open […]

  • Dec 01, 2014

    Bus Home from the Termas The team is two

        City buses in Uruguay feature a team. There is a driver who keeps the bus on the road, makes stops, stays out of accidents, and gets people on and off the transport safely. There is a conductor who collects fares, checks passes, smooths feelings, answers questions, and moves up and down the aisle […]

  • Dec 01, 2014

    Fishing for Dorados They don't all get away

        The early bird gets the worm, and, the early fisherman gets the fish. One of the activities popular around Salto, according to TripAdvisor, is Dorado fishing. One of the guides that receives the best write ups is Gianni Juncal, who speaks English and maybe writes it too. All the reviews I’m seeing on […]

  • Nov 29, 2014

    Photo Shoot On the pier in the Rio Uruguay

        Saturdays start slow in Salto. Even hound dogs sleep in this morning, worn out from chasing girls all night. On the Rio Uruguay,  small boat Captains  are pushing their fishing boats hard, taking two, three, four paying customers further up the river where dorado’s are waiting to be reeled in at ” La […]

  • Nov 28, 2014

    Gaucho Stuck in a museum

        One of the first things I pick up in a new place is a local map. I find main streets, find plazas, find the river, find the bus terminal or airport, a good place to eat, the farmacia, and someone who knows a little English if I get in a jam. The map […]

  • Nov 27, 2014

    Plants For Sale El Nuevo Vivero

        As in Montevideo, there are antiquated homes in Salto too. This old casa, on a street off the main thoroughfare, is one that needs more care than it will ever get. While it waits for someone with a dream to fall in love with it, it is a garden shop – El Nuevo […]

  • Nov 26, 2014

    Fish Monsters Catfish monsters

        This morning, I walk down Calle Uruguay, all the way to the Rio Uruguay. This river separates Argentina and Uruguay. Though it isn’t the Mississippi or the Nile, or the Amazon, it meets the rock test. If a body of water is so big you can’t throw a rock across it, it becomes […]

  • Nov 26, 2014

    Three Crosses Bus Terminal Time to kill

        The bus ride from Punta Del Este back to Montevideo takes three hours and ends at the Three Crosses Terminal. Downstairs, bus companies, representing large and small bus lines that cover all routes in Uruguay, are selling tickets and loading luggage and passengers. Upstairs, there is a mall with shopping, places to eat, […]

  • Nov 26, 2014

    Uruguay is Green Bus ride to Salto

        If I were a cow, the only place I would want to live would be Uruguay. Much like Arabs love their desert and sailors love their ocean, cows have to love this country. Those of us going to Salto on Monday, and there aren’t many of us, board the bus at twelve thirty […]

  • Nov 25, 2014

    La Paloma/Uruguay Lighthouse and surf

        Rocha was my original goal. My bus gets to Rocha and within a few minutes I am wondering why I bothered to make the trip?  Sometimes you get to a point where you get stuck and the best thing to do is go to a restaurant, have a drink, and evaluate. So, I […]

  • Nov 24, 2014

    Juan Carlos and Mate National drink

        Marijuana is legal in Uruguay. You don’t see much of it on the streets. A few surfers under palm trees indulge themselves, the pungent smell immediately detectable. You see tourists enjoying the herb in public, flaunting authorities. However, the real national addiction here is Mate, a natural tea. Juan Carlos owns the Hotel Playa […]

  • Nov 23, 2014

    Ralli Museum Beverly Hills Look Alike

        There is a Beverly Hills of Punta Del Este, Uruguay. They call it a barrio, like other barrios, but, the houses are immense, the yards larger, the privacy maintained, and no clunkers are allowed on the streets. The Beverly Hills barrio of Punta Del Este is located on Los Arrayanes calle and is […]

  • Nov 23, 2014

    A Day at the Beach A popular place

        Punta Del Este is still a ghost town this time of year, in November. This town by the ocean comes alive in December, January, February and March. Prices go up, locals rent out their homes for triple prices, hotels make enough in a few months to make it the rest of the year when […]

  • Nov 22, 2014

    Real estate is always for sale Schemes and dreams

        There must be as many real estate sales offices in Punta Del Este as there are places for sale and rent. No one stays put these days and for all the places here that has someone living in them, you still have plenty of places that are empty. This is a real estate […]

  • Nov 22, 2014

    Santa Everyone knows Santa

        On vacation, where it is warm and people lay on the beach, you forget about Christmas. Christmas comes in December no matter where you are in the world. In this Punta Del Este shopping mall, Christmas has arrived, decorations are out, Santa has been puffed up, and all that is needed is more […]

  • Nov 21, 2014

    Punta Ballena/Uruguay As nice as it gets if you have money

        Punta Ballena is ten to fifteen miles outside of Punta Del Este. The bus lets you off by a worn out spot on the highway’s shoulder and the driver points you across the highway towards an uphill winding road overlooking the ocean. This is my first visit here. Before, on the bus ride from Montevideo […]

  • Nov 21, 2014

    Casa Pueblo Reminding me of home

        When you come towards the end of the winding road that leads you from the highway to the water, you look down and see a turnaround where buses and cars are parked and people are standing on stone walls taking snapshots of the ocean for their scrapbooks. I am looking for a white […]

  • Nov 21, 2014

    Lines and Curves Lines

        Drawing is about lines. You have straight lines, curved lines, and a combination of both. With line you begin reproducing what you see, then drawing what you imagine, then making something new that hasn’t been seen before. Something must have snapped as Carlos put pencil on paper, chalk on paper, paint on canvas, […]

  • Nov 21, 2014

    Biography of an Artist Carlos Paez Vilaro

        Casa Pueblo is one of the must see sights in Uruguay. The house is the art studio and home of one of Uruguay’s most famous artists – Carlos Paez  Vilaro. His biography calls him an abstract artist, painter, potter, sculptor, muralist, writer, composer, and constructor. He was born in 1923 in Montevideo and […]

  • Nov 20, 2014

    Me and My Shadow We go everywhere

        At the end of the day, photos are sifted and sorted, evaluated, approved, or deleted. You take as many photos as possible on trips because you know not all things you shoot are going to work. It takes only a quick point, shoot, then you put the camera back into your pocket, as […]

  • Nov 20, 2014

    Dog Domination King of all she surveys

        As man’s best friend, and women’s cuddle master, dogs are in Punta Del Este too. I have seen no dog whisperers here as I did in Ciudad Vieja, but dogs go where their masters are. Dog lovers know that their dogs are worth buying a steak for, grilling it, and cutting it up […]

  • Nov 19, 2014

    Graffiti Steve

        Steve is  my age. He is standing on a ladder in work clothes scrubbing graffiti off pieces of slate glued to a concrete wall. We both agree it is a stupid place to put slate – stucco, or plaster painted, would make more sense. Still, vandals have marked the wall and the manager has […]

  • Nov 19, 2014

    Sandwich bargains Construction site food vendor

        Lunch is hours away but a foreman is already buying food for his troops before it rolls around A sale unfolds as I stand on the sidewalk in front of a construction site and watch sandwiches and sweets go into a five gallon bucket. A stooped figure is retrieving orders from shelves in […]

  • Nov 19, 2014

    Construction Crane in Punta Del Este All the way from Europe

        The crane must be fifty feet tall. ” She comes from Europe,” the man in the hard hat tells me as he walks over. “Que donde esta?” “Estados Unitos, Nuevo Mexico …”. He holds a small orange box in his hand with buttons. As he pushes buttons the crane lifts a load of […]

  • Nov 19, 2014

    Cathedral San Fernando, Maldonado, Uruguay The influence of the church

        The influence of the Catholic church is everywhere in South America. There is a church near most squares and church bells can be seen and heard from most anywhere in most cities,towns or villages. Huge wooden doors open in the morning and stay open until dark. People come and go, take off  their […]

  • Nov 19, 2014

    Truth is stranger than fiction National hero

        Jose Artigas is to Uruguay what George Washington is to the United States. You see enough statues in enough places and finally you wonder about the men behind them. You do a little research and discover that Jose Artigas is a real person with a real history. Some of his history has been […]

  • Nov 18, 2014

    Piriapolis Rambla Four stars

        The beach at Piriapolis is paralleled by a walkway for pedestrians and sightseers, as well as locals taking a lunch break in their vehicles with the doors open to give the breezes a better chance to cool them.  A point of interest on the Rambla is a long row of white lion statues. […]

  • Nov 18, 2014

    Anchors Hotel room 215, Hotel Playa Brava

        Even during the day, when trekking, this window stays open. In Punta Del Este, there is always the sound of crashing waves in my hotel room. Each morning a salt smelling breeze wakes me up. Every evening, exterior lights of taller and more sumptuous places light up the street outside, but these fine […]

  • Nov 18, 2014

    Houses in Piriapolis Neighborhoods

        This day is spent in a small town that offers beach, shopping, a boardwalk,surrounded by hills and wooded areas, somewhat off well trod tourist tracks. To get here we pull off Route 1 out of Punta Del Este and cut through gorgeous hills and grasslands with cows, fields of yellow flowers, a few […]

  • Nov 17, 2014

    Buried Neck Down in Piriapolis All in fun

        Piriapolis is a small Uruguayan town an hour bus ride from Punta Del Este. A one way ticket on the bus lines COT, or COPSA, runs ten dollars. This is one of those side trips that gives a bigger vision of the country.The beaches at Punta Del Este are well spoken of but […]

  • Nov 17, 2014

    “The Hand” Beach sculpture

        Right across from the bus terminal in Punta Del Este at Parada 1, Bravo Beach, is ” The Hand.” It is difficult not to see the outside beach sculpture if you are anywhere near it. The” Hand” is only the tips of three fingers and a thumb rising out of the sand, but […]

  • Nov 17, 2014

    Race Cars in Punta Del Este Formula E road race

        The noise draws you. With stands visible, and walls keeping people out, this spectacle is a city road race. There are cameras and cameramen strategically placed and, in retrospect, the best way to see the race is to see it on television. Despite what Juan Carlos says, the cars are loud and there is […]

  • Nov 16, 2014

    Mermaids Goddesses and old men

        I haven’t been to Greek islands but they must be similar to this place. Following the Rambla past the port, past expensive homes, you reach the end of the Punta Del Este peninsula. At the end is a parking lot with exercise equipment, two mermaids, a flagpole with a Uruguayan flag flying, and […]

  • Nov 16, 2014

    Walking the Plank Walking the plank

        The Rambla is a good place to walk.  On this morning’s  jaunt, I come across a table and chairs out in the surf. The narrow path out to a concrete table and concrete chairs, in the midst of waves, turns into temptation. Making sure my Passport is buttoned up, my cell phone is […]

  • Nov 16, 2014

    Cleaning Shellfish in Punta Del Este Shells and Seals

        This young man cleans shellfish he harvested earlier this morning. The shellfish are on the bottom of the bay and he uses a net to bring them up, a net weighted heavy that he casts out by hand, lets sink to the bottom, then wrestles up and into his small boat with shellfish […]

  • Nov 16, 2014

    Expedition time The port

        The sun is barely awake. After a hotel continental breakfast, it is time for me to hit the road. The beaches on this marina side of the peninsula are non existent. The shores here are lined with rocks that create tide pools where multi-colored birds are hunting critters caught in the shallow water. […]

  • Nov 16, 2014

    On the Way to Punta Del Este Good Ride

          It costs me six dollars to go by taxi from Ciudad Vieja in Montevideo to the Tres Cruces bus terminal in Montevideo, and only eleven dollars to ride a brand new air conditioned bus from Tres Cruces to Punta Del Este, one way, an hour and a half ride away. Leaving the […]

  • Nov 16, 2014

    Rooftops and Playa Sun and sand and more sun

        My bus arrives at two fifteen in the afternoon in Punta Del Este and one of the bus cleaners finds my hat and brings it out to me at a taxi stand which is unbelievably kind.  A taxi driver pulls up quickly, loads me and my stuff, and whisks us all to the […]

  • Nov 15, 2014

    Beach town before the tourist waves hit

        Punta Del Este, moving into its tourist season, is a movie set waiting for a movie crew. It is hard to find fault with beach towns full of light, openness, a relaxed attitude and water in every direction, at the end of every street. This morning a few souls are on a little […]

  • Nov 14, 2014

    Car Accident on the Rambla/Montevideo Everyone was okay

        There are car wrecks every minute, somewhere in the world. This is the first one that almost hits me. Taking a walk down the Rambla, this accident happens on the roadway at a spot I just passed. I hear braking,turn, and watch a white delivery van moving crazily down one lane of traffic, […]

  • Nov 14, 2014

    Colonia Del Sacramento A beautiful place

          A picture is worth a thousand words, some say, so here are fifteen thousand words. Colonia Del Sacramento, new and old, is quiet, peaceful, scenic, and makes for rambling, sightseeing, day dreaming. There are many Europeans who come here to live and the entire city population is under 30,000.  Here, on one […]

  • Nov 14, 2014

    Colonia Del Sacramento Cars Lots of antiques

        The first two or three antique cars I see here seem like anomalies. After four or five, though, I wonder if this place attracts people who love old cars, or just turns them that way? Walking around stone paved streets of this old city, one sees old cars parked under carports, in driveways, […]

  • Nov 14, 2014

    Pencil Museo/Ruta 1 You thought they were just to write with

        The first stop on our day trip is a farm and museum off Route 1 that takes you from Montevideo to Colonia Del Sacramento through some of the best vineyards and cattle country in Uruguay. The Museo and farm are the creation of Emilio Arenas who not only has a world record pencil […]

  • Nov 14, 2014

    Nirvana It was all here

        You have heard about Nirvana. Imagine my surprise when our tour bus pulls into the Hotel Nirvana driveway just outside Colonia Swiss in Uruguay. It is exactly what I have imagined Nirvana to be like, except we aren’t in the clouds. We have stopped for a twenty minute break for rest room facilities […]

  • Nov 13, 2014

    Colonia Del Sacramento Lighthouse Tallest points

        The lighthouse on the tip of the peninsula offers the best view of the town .It is one of the sights I came to see by joining a tour group at a local Montevideo hotel.  The lighthouse stairs are almost straight up and a two hundred and fifty pound man has trouble getting […]

  • Nov 13, 2014

    Phone Accessories Battery and screen protector

        When you travel it takes half a day to do what you do at home in thirty minutes. At home you drive to Best Buy to get your electronics, order your stuff on line and it is shipped to you at half the price in a couple of days. When you travel you […]

  • Nov 12, 2014

    Weddings With No Bells They just keep coming out

        On Sarandi Street are groups of people, dressed to the nines, standing in my way as I pass on a sidewalk past a woman’s fashion store, Happy couples exit a bland doorway, into the sunlight. They are jubilant. When more smiling couples come out and take photos, throw rice, hug and toss flowers […]

  • Nov 11, 2014

    Grocery Shopping at the Frog You always have to eat

        This grocery is a find – the Frog Maxishop. It is on the Peatonal Perez Castellano, a pedestrian walkway that connects the Montevideo port on one end and the Montevideo Rambla on the other. When cruise ships are in port, it is on this street that most cruisers shop. Doing little cooking, it […]

  • Nov 11, 2014

    Comparing Hotels Checking out places to stay

        Walking the streets of the port district, you find hotels you might have stayed if you hadn’t rented a studio. It is human to comparison shop, wonder what that place or this place has to offer at what price. The two hotels within a block and a half of my studio are the Don […]

  • Nov 11, 2014

    Catching Some Z’s One afternoon on the street

        Turning a corner off Colon street, near Roberto’s antique store and studio, I happen upon a sleeping man in an alcove. He is out of the way of pedestrian traffic, looks comfortable, isn’t causing trouble. There are no wine bottles. There is no cart packed with clothes and bags of groceries to show […]

  • Nov 10, 2014

    Dog Whisperer/ Late Afternoon Leader of the pack

        Surrounded by dogs, all on leashes, this long hair consults his map. It isn’t certain whether this group is going on a field trip, going to relieve themselves, headed for a romp on the beach, or just following their leader, who holds their leashes. They are stopped and the dog walker takes out a […]

  • Nov 10, 2014

    Tango at Two/Mercado Del Puerto In the marketplace

        Tango began in the early 1900’s in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Beginning in brothels, like American jazz, it was refined and adopted by middle and upper classes, cleaned up and turned into a respectable music and dance form. Dance competitions usually contain the tango, a sensual dance with complicated movements and hypnotic music. […]

  • Nov 10, 2014

    Sleeping Gato/Centro/Montevideo Taking a well needed rest

        There are plenty of dogs in this city, but thousands of cats too. Cats don’t make a lot of noise, take up a lot of space, or make crazy demands. They live as they have for thousands of years – hunting, sleeping, making reproductions of themselves, adapting to human civilization for which they have […]

  • Nov 10, 2014

    New Electric Service, Ciudad Vieja Every little improvement helps

        On my way to a lavenderia, electricians are installing a new electrical service to the front of a residential/commercial building on Main Street. Like most of the homes in this neighborhood, there is a retail space on the bottom floor. Atop the retail space,accessible by a door and stairs, is an apartment. In this […]

  • Nov 10, 2014

    Kids Playing Soccer/Ciudad Vieja A national pastime

        The sun drops dramatically. In America, kids would be throwing a football. Here, the big dream is to play professional soccer and let your papa sit in a bar with a cerveza and cheer as you make a goal that wins an important game. It is a Sunday and there is, at the moment, […]

  • Nov 09, 2014

    Personal Pan Pizza/ Lunch at the Fair Nothing like an idea

        There isn’t anything new about pizza.You find it all around the world. What is refreshing about this pizza is that it is made outdoors, you watch the guys prepare it, the ingredients are natural, the taste is great, the price is a bargain.  “What would you like,” my personal chef asks? I spot a […]

  • Nov 09, 2014

    Sunday Flea Market Tristan Narvaja Street

        It is Sunday. Taking the turista bus a second time, our first stop is the Tristan Street flea market. It is set up on a narrow street, tree lined, packed with vendors and customers on a sunny day in November. As shoppers and browsers move through the flea market they scoop up books, […]

  • Nov 09, 2014

    Police Report Next Door shoplifting in the next door boutique

        It is mentioned in guide books that there is petty crime in Montevideo. The young woman in a next door boutique, who speaks English and tells me about Montevideo when I have my expresso, is standing and talking to motorcycle cops as I come out my apartment door onto the street. There are […]

  • Nov 08, 2014

    My Montevideo Casa Home sweet home

        When you travel you don’t take much with you. You have clothes, personal items, electronics, a book or two, some travel guides, a Passport and umbrella, and hope. You hope you end up in safe, clean lodgings. You hope you see and do enough to justify the expense of the trip. You hope you […]

  • Nov 08, 2014

    Door Keys/Piedras Street Little problems solved

        The keys to my studio apartment are old fashioned. One key opens the front door to the building. One key opens a security gate after you enter the front door. One key opens the front door of my unit 104 at 271 Piedras Street. The last key opens a door I don’t know […]

  • Nov 08, 2014

    The Violin Player Art show in Urban Heritage offices

        The Urban Heritage group are Old City real estate developers. Jesper and his wife Olenka, partners in the Group,host an art exposition on the evening of November 7th, 2014 to promote their vision for the area to investors and business people and lovers of the arts.  At seven, art lovers, friends, associates, clients, […]

  • Nov 08, 2014

    Pesos 101 Following the money

        In Uruguay you are reminded often that you must use their local currency. At the airport there are signs that direct you to a currency exchange booth where you trade American money for comparable pesos. There is a transaction charge and it brings new appreciation for the term “money changers.” Around Montevideo there […]

  • Nov 08, 2014

    Pocitos Farmers Market Fresh as it gets

        Sometimes travel Gods give you good outcomes. You don’t have a plan, just strike out and do what seems to be interesting and they take you to places and events you didn’t know existed. When I started this morning I was going to go to the Centro to check out the Museo of […]

  • Nov 07, 2014

    Pocitos Open Air Market / Horses Horses are still getting us where we need to go

        At an open air feria in Pocitos,Uruguay there are plenty of people out shopping this morning but only a few horses. While I wait for my empanada from a street vendor, a lady spoils a horse that has been halted near me till an intersection clears of shoppers and traffic can move forward. […]

  • Nov 07, 2014

    Pocitos-Frisbee Walking the Rambla

        The Rambla is a paved course way that runs from Ciudad Vieja to Pocitos and beyond. It runs along the sea where humans go to walk and talk, show themselves off to the world, build sand castles on the beach. There are animals, bike riders, skateboarders, old couples, young families, and tourists strolling and […]

  • Nov 07, 2014

    Palacio Taranco tourist stop

        The Palacio is, by the map, located in the heart of the Old City. If you look at a map of Montevideo you see at least thirty points of interest in Ciudad Vieja and fewer as you move outward towards other barrios; Centro, Barrio Sur, Palermo, Aguada, Punta Carretas, Tres Cruces, Pocitos. The […]

  • Nov 07, 2014

    Port of Montevideo Argentina isn't in the cards

        The Port reminds me of a toy box in a giant’s kid’s room. It is walled off from the public with a tall iron fence and each of its entrances is protected by security guards who don’t want people entering without proper credentials. Along the fence’s length you watch big forklifts, big trucks, big […]

  • Nov 07, 2014

    Fishing in the Rio Plata Catfish time

        One evening, as the sun is falling, it makes sense to stroll down to the water’s edge, follow a concrete pier that juts into the water like the end of a fishing pole left discarded by a disgruntled fisherman. The pier is edged with giant stones and this is where fishermen and fisherwomen […]

  • Nov 06, 2014

    Tourista Sightseeing Bus/Port of Montevideo Dot to dot travel

        There aren’t many bargains for the traveler but one is sightseeing buses you find in large South American cities. These double deck buses run routes through the city like a regular bus but they stop at multiple tourist destinations where you can exit and sight see, then catch the bus home on its […]

  • Nov 06, 2014

    Hot Water Heater Meltdown/Piedras Street Hot water is an essential

        For two days, hot water has not been working. The landlord has been attentive, sent someone by who thought it might be something it wasn’t, then sends his maintenance man to troubleshoot. Hugo comes prepared with a tape measure, apartment keys, an electrical voltage tester, screwdrivers, and instructions that if he can’t get […]

  • Nov 06, 2014

    Men in Black Blues in Montevideo

        Blues chords aren’t complex, the rhythms and melodies aren’t sophisticated, the harmony is a step down from folk music but several steps below jazz. Stevie Ray Vaughn isn’t the only white blues man to make it big and suffer an untimely end. He has been gone a while but the songs this group […]

  • Nov 06, 2014

    Statue comes alive/Constitution Plaza Street art in human form

        Walking towards Constitution Plaza from Independence Plaza, there are bronze Generals on horseback every block, as well as little plaza’s and parks. There is something sad about memorializing heroes in bronze and then placing them outside where pigeons squat on their pointed military hats and defecate on their medals. It is an unfitting […]

  • Nov 06, 2014

    Don Timoteo Afternoon in Ciudad Vieja

        This live concert is next to the Mercado, about lunchtime. There are posters advertising it on phone poles but their music grabs me by the ear through my open studio window and drags me to come watch and listen. This band calls themselves ,” Murga Don Timoteo”,  a local group sponsored by a […]

  • Nov 05, 2014

    Now is the Time to Paint Gustavo in Montevideo

        Big cities should be a worker’s paradise with good wages because there is too much construction and maintenance needed to match equally with people who will work a long hard day for little pay and no recognition.  Walking near Constitution Plaza, on Sarandi street, Gustavo, a fellow painter, is working in a doorway. […]

  • Nov 05, 2014

    Home from school Ciudad Vieja

        Next to the farmacia is a door that leads to an upstairs apartment that leads to a family that leads to a mom and dad that leads to a warm place for kids to grow up. When you look at a street of closed doors, faded or chipped or cobbled together, one never […]

  • Nov 05, 2014

    Mercado Del Puerto Barbecue at its best

        When visitors get off cruise ships at the Port of Montevideo, one of the first places they visit is the Mercado Del Puerto, a collection of steakhouses, gift shops, and art galleries under one big tin roof. Uruguay is famous for wine and steaks and inside the Mercado you have multiple choices in […]

  • Nov 04, 2014

    Big Mac in Montevideo American eating habits don't go away

        Regardless of where I travel, one of the most asked questions I get is – “Do they have a McDonald’s?” There is a McDonald’s in Montevideo, Uruguay. It wasn’t sought out, isn’t on my list of important things to do, but it is a cultural landmark that marks the landing of American habits […]

  • Nov 04, 2014

    Street Art in Montevideo anonymous dreams

        In worn areas of most world mega-cities, there is street art, some commissioned, some spontaneous. This art can occupy an entire wall like our sixteen foot lady. It can be part of a series of images on a parking lot wall like our two faced head. Street art has no pretensions. It doesn’t care […]

  • Nov 04, 2014

    Fruits and Vegetables/ Ciudad Vieja Produce right off the boat

        When you are looking for produce in the Port area you are not near the grand shopping palaces you visit in the United States. Groceries in the U.S. display well groomed produce as you walk down waxed shiny floors,choose fruit and vegetables from clean bins with sprinklers that mist to make sure the […]

  • Nov 03, 2014

    Rain Day in Montevideo Climate always changes, so do we

        “We were in the eighties last week,” Jesper tells me, pouring us a Monday afternoon cup of coffee at his desk in a  Ciudad Vieja office close to the Port. He talks about the old city versus the new city, how he and his wife are now moving into commercial sales in addition […]

  • Nov 03, 2014

    ATM Meltdown ATM's are your bread and butter

        Money might not make the world go round, but it provides lubrication . Looking for an ATM to get cash to pay for my rented vacation studio in Ciudad Vieja, I have apprehension. Banks and credit card companies have been told Scott will be out of the country. They have been given names […]

  • Nov 02, 2014

    Landing in Montevideo Uruguay welcomes me

        After an eight hour wait at the Miami International Airport, I board a plane this Saturday evening and safely get off the ground for Montevideo, Uruguay. Scheduled to arrive Sunday around eleven, our plane does, and we leave our transport this morning and form yet another line to go through Customs. This night […]

  • Nov 02, 2014

    South Beach lazy afternoon

        South Beach is like beaches in the Caribbean. The sand is white and grainy and blue beach umbrellas blow in the wind like the tops of stir sticks in one’s Pina Colada. Some brave souls wade in the water even though it is cold this time of year. Bodies are spread under the […]

  • Nov 02, 2014

    Tan Lines putting your best body forward

        There is much concern in this country about skin damage. There is, on this beach, a lot of skin that will be damaged and this is a perfect poster for a Dermatology convention in Miami Beach. Two big bodies are prone on the sand, turning their backs to the world and telling it […]

  • Nov 01, 2014

    South Beach Halloween Fairy Wings

        For all I know, people who live, visit and work in South Beach look this way all the time. It is the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday and skies are threatening rain. One side of Ocean Drive is dedicated to tourists and locals who want to walk, ride bikes, stroll hand […]

  • Nov 01, 2014

    South Beach/ Art Deco South Beach Art Deco

        Catching a taxi to the beach is the quickest way to get there from the Hotel Element. For thirty bucks each way, I get a local taxi drivers music, pictures of his familia swinging from the rear view mirror, a few questions in Spanish to see if i speak his language, a driving […]

  • Oct 31, 2014

    Halloween Breakfast/ Hotel Element Miami Hotel Element

        The Hotel Element is close to the Miami International airport. Their standard room has a refrigerator, a color flat screen TV, acceptable wi-fi, hot and cold running water, a door that locks, a clean bathroom, clean sheets, and, especially important in Florida, air conditioning. I don’t see ghosts and goblins running the halls […]

  • Oct 31, 2014

    Delayed Inauspicious beginnings

        Even the best plans of men go awry and the best planned trips get caught in rough currents. Boarding my plane in Albuquerque, all things are possible. I am scheduled to fly from Albuquerque to Dallas, Dallas to Miami, Miami to Montevideo, Uruguay.There is no doubt this trip will happen, in proper order, […]

  • Oct 31, 2014

    Leaving Albuquerque Security everywhere but do they keep us safe?

        At the Albuquerque International Sun Port I ride two escalators, get my boarding pass, check my baggage, then get processed by airport security. Channeled down a long winding roped off aisle with cutbacks, my airline ticket is initialed with a black ball point pen and my passport and driver’s license are checked for […]

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