I stopped by the butcher to get menudos (giblets) and corazón (beef heart) for the dogs. To my surprise, prices had jumped significantly from the last time I looked at a receipt a couple weeks ago: That’s a 25% and 10% increase respectively. Same thing at Tienda Inglesa: Mushrooms have gone up 22% in the last two weeks. In our little local store, the price of eggs has gone up 8% in the last two weeks. This is not a case of higher prices for…Continue Reading “Currency value decline a.k.a. inflation”

Like the fuel to run them, cars are ridiculously expensive in Uruguay. I’ve talked about that before. Here’s a decades-old Chevy Impala (I have been unable to determine the year) for sale. Not in very good shape; I don’t even want to know what they’re asking for it. Approaching is the quintessential cheap-ass-looking Citroen beach buggy, called a Méhari. They were actually produced in Uruguay from 1971 to 1979. So you can probably pick one up cheap, right? As we say in Spanish, jajajajajajaja! Interestingly,…Continue Reading “Impala, Méhari”

You can buy a Maserati in Uruguay in only one place, Punta del Este (natch). Two Ghiblis were on display when we went for the buffet lunch at the Conrad Hilton Sunday (USD 55, but 45 when you pay with foreign credit card and they deduct the “value added” tax of 22% or so — noice!). So what would one of these beasts set you back in Uruguay? Maserati Ghibli 350 3.0 V6 A/T – U$S 174.990 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 3.0 V6 A/T –…Continue Reading “Maseratis in Uruguay”

In case you hadn‘t guessed from my last post, I‘m being sarcastic. But that horrible restaurant‘s location in Carrasco does provide a key to bargain hunting: it‘s near the airport,* where you can catch a flight to Miami (or ironically cheaper, New York). Though I don‘t normally talk about ridiculous prices in Uruguay (but yes, occasionally), even after five years I still find myself amazed by things like this (I trust you‘ll recognize the first as Amazon):   This is Géant, the French WalMart in Carrasco. I…Continue Reading “Géant — bargain shopping in Uruguay!”