Always fashionable

A couple years ago, I posted about this face cut-out sign near the tourist office in Atlántida. The artwork has changed (or maybe it was different on the other side the whole time), but nearby a newer version has appeared.

With a message: the condom is always fashionable, and advice to condom yourself this summer! (a play on words, I expect).

Yes, that is what you think you’re seeing.

I’m having some difficulty imagining to whom this might appeal, or how. Or who thought this was the best use of $3,000, much less 3,000+ condoms. Maybe I should hang out some sunny day and ask questions.



I sometimes think this country’s motto should be Welcome to Uruguay. Please take a number. Because everywhere you go, you take a number. Even in the feria, the street market.

number dispenser

Overall, it’s a good thing. I recall my nephew’s amazement at the civility of our ferias, compared to their chaos in Guatemala, where he taught at an international school.

In the local ferretería (hardware store), where everyone knows my name, I have for years responded “42” and waved my paper in the air when the clerk calls out my actual number, which is of course never 42.

Alas, inquiring about property taxes in the intendencia the other day, I did get number 42. But there was no line, and no number called out, no number to turn in. What a waste!


So why 42, you wonder? Glad you asked.


Afternoon sky

Afternoon sky, Uruguay

Hot sun, relatively cool breeze, and welcome episodes of shade thanks to the puffy clouds. Beach jammed, but dogs found nothing to chase in the bush (they missed a couple of little lizards that we spotted).

Sometimes uneventful walks are just fine.