Scott’s Uruguay Timeline

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  • Dec 05, 2014

    Lunch Talk Over the Andes 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 as he eats, listening costs me nothing, and, at 30,000 feet up,I’m not going anywhere except where this plane goes. One pleasure of travel is meeting other […]

  • Dec 05, 2014

    In Transit/Leaving Uruguay to Costa Rica Flying over the Andes

    Being in transition is being a traveler. You have one suitcase with clothes and an extra pair of walking shoes. You have a carry on bag with computer stuff, headphones, extra pens and paper, schedules, an umbrella, toothbrush, personal items. Your wallet and passport are in your pants left front pocket for safety. You hate […]

  • 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. Your tourist […]

  • 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. The machine […]

  • Dec 04, 2014

    Ciudad Vieja Reunion Old sights

    Ciudad Vieja was not the very beginning of this Uruguay trip, but it was close. It feels right to return to familiar landmarks, talk to some of the people I first met when I landed in Montevideo. This day I revisit Jesper and Olenthe, Maria, and Gabrielle at the Urban Heritage offices, and the girls […]

  • Dec 03, 2014

    Fabini Plaza Christmas Spirit Xmas is nearing

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

  • 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 because an English speaking tour […]

  • 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, it becomes a scavenger hunt to satisfy your suddenly nostalgic taste buds. The only place I have found peanut butter in Montevideo has been at the Frog, a small mini-grocery you find in small Montevideo neighborhoods where […]

  • Dec 03, 2014

    Pocitos Diner/ 1950’s Remembered The bill nailed down

    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 open since […]

  • Dec 02, 2014

    Potty Training/Bidet 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 the door […]

  • 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 like a […]

  • Dec 01, 2014

    A Fish Story/Rio Uruguay 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. All the reviews praise Captain Juncal who works hard, his reviewers all say, […]

  • Nov 29, 2014

    Photo Shoot/Rio Uruguay Pier 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 Zona” where […]

  • Nov 28, 2014

    Money Making Opportunity in Hot Soaks/Dayman Termas Dayman Termas

      This is my second trip to the Dayman termas but there are others in this province of Uruguay. About 80 km from Salto are the Termas of Arapey with five star hotels, water parks, restaurants, shopping, The Dayman termas are only a short bus ride out of Salto and the facilities here are not […]

  • Nov 28, 2014

    Gaucho/Uruguay Folk Hero 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 the hotel […]

  • Nov 27, 2014

    Thanksgiving Meal With No Turkey Pizza with cheese

    Thanksgiving is a peculiar American invention and even more peculiar since Indians had as much to do to do with losing America as Europeans had winning it. A couple of colder winters, more cold hearted Indians, and the invasion would have been postponed but Medicine men knew invaders were going to keep coming and roll […]

  • Nov 27, 2014

    Plants For Sale in Salto El Nuevo Vivero

    The exterior of this old home, turned into a business, looking older than dirt, catches my interest. As in Montevideo, there are antiquated homes in Salto too. These were built in the last century, or before, and feature ornamental stone work, balconies, tall shutters, statues, touches of Greek and Roman architecture. Some have been renovated, […]

  • Nov 26, 2014

    Rio Uruguay Fisherman 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 a river. […]

  • 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, and entertainment. […]

  • Nov 26, 2014

    Uruguay is Nothing but 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 in the […]

  • 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 go into […]

  • 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 Brava in […]

  • Nov 23, 2014

    Ralli Museum, Punta Del Este 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 in rolling […]

  • Nov 23, 2014

    The Beach at Punta Del Este 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 weather is […]

  • Nov 22, 2014

    Immobiliaria Schemes and dreams

    There must be as many real estate sales offices in Punta Del Este as there are places for sale and rent. You walk business streets and there are offices with desks, computers, lights, house for sale posters taped to the inside of front glass windows with floor plans, square footage, zoning, and prices. You walk […]

  • Nov 22, 2014

    Santa in Punta Del Este 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 customers and […]

  • 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. That road, if you follow it without deviation, takes you past elegant homes and condo […]

  • Nov 21, 2014

    Casa Pueblo/Art Studio and Home 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 pueblo styled […]

  • Nov 21, 2014

    Carlos Paez Vilaro/Artist 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, clay […]

  • Nov 21, 2014

    Carlos Paez Vilaro Biography Casa Pueblo

    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  Vilario. His biography calls him an abstract artist, painter, potter, sculptor, muralist, writer, composer, and constructor. He was born in 1923 in Montevideo and started drawing in 1939 […]

  • 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 you walk.There […]

  • Nov 20, 2014

    Dog Domination in Punta Del Este 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 in nice […]

  • Nov 19, 2014

    Graffiti, Economics and Migration 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 to have […]

  • Nov 19, 2014

    New Sandwich Outlet 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 the back […]

  • Nov 19, 2014

    Construction Crane in Punta Del Este All the way from Europe

    The crane is 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 cement in a […]

  • 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 hats, kneel […]

  • Nov 19, 2014

    Jose Artigas/National Hero Uruguay 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 romanticized, but […]

  • Nov 18, 2014

    Lunch Deal Punte Del Este Lenguado - Sole

      Guide books tell you the most economical places to travel in South America are Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Go anywhere else and you will be paying European prices.   In Punta Del Este, my new favorite place for good food and good value is the Rotisserie down from the Hotel Playa Brava recommended by […]

  • Nov 18, 2014

    Piriapolis Rambla Remembered 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. They look […]

  • Nov 18, 2014

    Open Window Punta Del Este Hotel room 215, Hotel Playa Brava

    During the day, when trekking, this window is open. At night, when sleeping, this window remains open. In Punta Del Este, there is always the sound of crashing waves in my hotel room. In the morning a salt smelling breeze tickles my nose. In the evening, exterior lights of taller and more sumptuous places light […]

  • 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 white puffs […]

  • 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 the beaches […]

  • 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 the fingers […]

  • Nov 17, 2014

    Race Cars in Punta Del Este Formula E road race

    “Formula E isn’t loud.” That is what Juan Carlos, hotel owner and operator, says. 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. […]

  • Nov 16, 2014

    Mermaids in Punta Del Este 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 an old […]

  • Nov 16, 2014

    Walking the Planks 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 waiting for bold action. 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 […]

  • Nov 16, 2014

    Cleaning Shellfish in Punta Del Este Shells and Seals

    This young man cleans shellfish 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 captured in it. […]

  • Nov 16, 2014

    Marina at Punta Del Este The port

    The sun is barely awake. After a hotel continental breakfast of crackers, ham and cheese slices for a sandwich, cookies, tang, three cups of instant coffee, some fruit, it is expedition time. My feet head for water. The beaches on this marina side of the peninsula are non existent. The shores are lined with rocks […]

  • Nov 16, 2014

    Bus Service 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 congestion of Montevideo, […]

  • Nov 16, 2014

    Rooftops and Playa/Punta Del Este 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 forgotten hat and brings it out to me at a taxi stand which is spectacularly kind.  A taxi driver locates me and pulls up quickly, loads me and my stuff, and whisks us all […]

  • Nov 15, 2014

    Punta Del Este Beach town

      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 beach […]

  • 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, swerving, balanced […]

  • 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 small boulevard, is […]

  • 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, along alleys, […]

  • 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 collection but […]

  • 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 and a […]

  • Nov 13, 2014

    Colonia Del Sacramento Lighthouse/In the Sky 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.  You pay a dollar, at the door, for the privilege of climbing to the top of the lighthouse.. The stairs […]

  • Nov 13, 2014

    Photo with Artist/At Home Artist's studio

    At 301 Calle de Mayo – Ciudad Vieja, Roberto and his wife live. It is here he has his art studio, living quarters, antique store, and two little dogs who just want to be held by mom. Meeting him at a local bar and grill, he recognized me from the art show and invited me […]

  • Nov 13, 2014

    Phone Accessories/Montevideo 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 go forth […]

  • 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 to […]

  • 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 cruisers shop. Doing little cooking, it has become my custom […]

  • Nov 11, 2014

    Hotels in the Old City 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 Botique Hotel […]

  • Nov 11, 2014

    Catching Some Z’s/ In the Neighborhood One afternoon on the street

      You don’t meet much street begging in Ciudad Vieja. At home, in many parts of my town, we have panhandlers standing at traffic light medians at major intersections, by freeway exits, in front of restaurants and malls.They hold small hand scrawled messages on cardboard signs and push their possessions around in a shopping cart. […]

  • 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 plastic bag […]

  • 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.  In front […]

  • 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 no interest […]

  • Nov 10, 2014

    New Electric Service, Ciudad Vieja Every little improvement helps

    On my way to a lavenderia, I stop to watch electricians install 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 […]

  • Nov 10, 2014

    Kids Playing Soccer/Ciudad Vieja A national pastime

    The sun drops dramatically and I walk. 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 […]

  • Nov 10, 2014

    Botanical Gardens, Sort Of A nice walk in the park

    At step 6 of my turista bus tour, I leave the bus a block from the Montevideo Botanical Gardens and walk the rest of the way.  This Garden is divided into different areas of the world. There is the Africa walk, the Japan walk, the Uruguay walk. I am hoping to see a great variety […]

  • 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 toaster oven […]

  • Nov 09, 2014

    Feria at Tristan Narvaja Street Another Sunday flea market

    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, tools, food, […]

  • 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 three cops […]

  • 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. You hope you don’t get sick. You hope […]

  • Nov 08, 2014

    Door Keys/Piedras Street Little problems solved

    The keys to my studio apartment are old fashioned in shape and design. 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, Cuidad Vieja, Montevideo, Uruguay. The last key […]

  • Nov 08, 2014

    Art show for Roberto Ybarra, Montevideo Art show in Urban Heritage offices

    The Urban Heritage group are Old City real estate developers. Jesper Bethe 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, friends […]

  • 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 are hundreds […]

  • Nov 07, 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 Modern Art, […]

  • 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. It is […]

  • Nov 07, 2014

    Pocitos Beach/Montevideo 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 playing here […]

  • Nov 07, 2014

    Palacio Taranco – Museo Decorative Arts 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 dividing lines […]

  • 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 containers, big […]

  • Nov 06, 2014

    Fishing Where Land Meets River/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 stand and […]

  • 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 next return. […]

  • 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 it fixed it […]

  • Nov 06, 2014

    Stevie Ray Vaughn in Montevideo 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 are […]

  • Nov 06, 2014

    Statue comes alive/Constitution Plaza Street art in human form

    Walking towards Constitution Plaza from Independence Plaza, I count bronze Generals on horseback. You walk down Sarandi street and come to a little plaza each block where you can sit on a bench, cross your legs, look at the clouds. There is something sad about memorializing heroes in bronze and then placing them outside where pigeons […]

  • Nov 06, 2014

    Don Timoteo Video 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 local paint […]

  • Nov 05, 2014

    Gustavo/ Painter in Montevideo All jambed up

    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, I come across a fellow painter working in a doorway. He […]

  • Nov 05, 2014

    Kids in Ciudad Vieja Home from school

    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 knows what […]

  • 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 a meat […]

  • Nov 04, 2014

    McDonalds / 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 to every […]

  • Nov 04, 2014

    Street Art in the Old City 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 about frames, […]

  • 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 product always […]

  • Nov 03, 2014

    Ciudad Vieja/ Rain Day Climate always changes, so do we

    Most of the day has been light rain, medium rain, heavy rain. There are puddles and water moves down streets finding lower ground. It is not cold but you still need a light jacket. I improvise with a shirt over a shirt. “We were in the eighties last week,” Jesper tells me, pouring us a […]

  • 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 of the […]

  • Nov 02, 2014

    Ciudad Vieja/Old Montevideo Montevideo crib

    At the end of a thirty minute cab ride, I am deep inside the old city of Montevideo, close to the Port. Maria meets me at a corner and walks me to my studio apartment at the top of a flight of winding marble steps. She speaks Spanish but no English and I speak English […]

  • 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 flight has […]

  • Nov 02, 2014

    South Beach/ Beach On the beach at South Beach

    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 sun trying […]

  • Nov 02, 2014

    South Beach /Tan Lines Where the land stops and the water begins

    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 to go […]

  • 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 in 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 style that […]

  • 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 but Halloween […]

  • Oct 31, 2014

    Delayed Enroute to Miami/ Plane Trouble 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, until the […]

  • Oct 31, 2014

    Leaving Albuquerque/ Ground Zero 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 authenticity. A […]

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