Since it’s been a while, I’ll give you a little cheatsheet: review the various Uruguayan handwriting numeric reversals and inversions. Now, quickly, read this: Did you immediately say, Thursday, August 29th at 10 AM? Of course you did – congratulations!

The antique Commer truck. September 2012: December 2012: December 2014 – mistakenly thought to be a different one: January 2016: and yet again, parked at the zoo: Alas, on a dreary day in 2019, that sad truck that appears to have finally reached the end of the line: Interesting to reflect that this truck was built the year I was born. Happy to report I’m holding up better….

It’s been a long time since I introduced the subject of electrical outlets in Uruguay. A visit to the hospital reminded me of their wonderful weirdness here. Shuko is common in Europe; “Inclinado” the standard in neighboring Argentina, and “Tres en linea,” my favorite, apparently the standard in Uruguay. But when your whole country is 3-1/2 million people, who – meaning people manufacturing electrical appliances for worldwide sales – particularly cares? And of course, if you’re installing signs in Uruguay, who particularly cares that you…Continue Reading “Enchufar redux”

Not long ago, spam filters fingered a questionable blog comment, leaving me the decision rather than deleting it outright. Indeed, in the best tradition of junk mail, it was useless (promoting “health products” I think). However, what caught my attention was the blog title: The Elementary School Experience in Uruguay. What could I have written about that? Nothing, it turns out: linked to the then-latest blog post of an enthusiastic couple who had moved to Uruguay from California with their young children… …which ended up…Continue Reading “Feu de paille”