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….

I’ve documented many times the overwhelming assault vehicles that Germans (and some others) apparently feel essential for navigating the wilds of the Americas. And to be fair, I personally know one who has made thorough use of its off-road provisions, in the Andes and elsewhere. Mostly though, I see them parked in the dunes or supermarket parking lot. And those closeups often reveal fascinating evidence of wide-ranging travel. As in, you know, suggesting maybe the vehicle was actually in those places at one point. Enter…Continue Reading “Wannabe world traveler?”

Local (Uruguay) campers. Looks like they’ve got it all sorted – solar panels, side awning, sun protection for the truck. There was a couple sitting with a little portable table between the two vehicles. But: covering the tires to protect them from the sun? I guess maybe a good idea, but I’ve never, ever seen that before!

Montevideo Rambla, Ciudad Vieja. When we arrived here, late 2009, it was rare to see even a single vehicle parked along this stretch of road. Consumer credit comes to Uruguay! At least that’s one explanation. Car prices have fallen recently. This may involve poor budgeting by people new to credit, buying cars for only *so much* a month. Perhaps they don’t think about fuel (2.5 times the cost in the USA), maintenance, and insurance. Then enough of them figure out they really can’t afford a…Continue Reading “Parking Montevideo, then and now”