Walking home in front of the Zoológica (Atlántida’s little zoo), the parking attendant gives me handouts: Addiction treatment. Save your life or that of someone who needs it. A chance for the ultimate in hair restoration. USD 160. 100% limp? Something must be lost in translation. Regardless, I’ll pass. Stonework, plus cleaning, fill, ponds — which reminds me our tajamar in the campo, bone dry two weeks ago, is more than half full after the recent rain. More on the tajamar here, here, here, and…Continue Reading “The handouts”

The POP stand from yesterday reminds me of substitutions people make here, generally to shorten words (one of the trickier words we tried when we first arrived in Buenos Aires long ago was estacionamiento, which i eight syllables to say “parking.” And indeed, you can see signs that say “parking” here. So “off” in place of descuento, but why “on line” when the Spanish is en linea? And what’s with the possessive apostrophe? Guys, in your language there is no possessive apostrophe. (No matter how…Continue Reading “Spanglish, Uruguay style”

Recently received: “My name is__________________ and I’m casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in Uruguay and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 1-2 years or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. I wanted to know if you could help spread the word to…Continue Reading ““In a fabulous light””

If there’s one thing I’d care to win less than a trip to Brazil for the UY-UK match, it’s probably a noisy, rattling and dangerous (especially given Uruguayan drivers) pile of outdated technology. Not that I stand a chance of winning (oh, such stinkin’ thinkin’!) but fortunately cupones (coupons) were only offered upon purchase of certain Father’s Day (today in Uruguay) items, and we’ve only bumbled into a couple of those the last few weeks. Around $9,000 new in the land of the Untied Snakes, prolly…Continue Reading “Una Harley para papá”