Uruguay’s lack of architectural uniformity entices visitors toward permanent residency. Turn a corner, and you might find an English-style house with a thatched roof, a quaint beach cottage, a humble adobe or a stately manor. The possibilities are endless. Uruguayans have a strong sense of personal freedom, which prevents the development of neighborhood associations that the color of your house, the condition of your lawn and anything else that should be your own decision. On top of that, rents are reasonable if you know where and how to look.
On a sunny summer’s morning in late January, you awaken in Montevideo to the sound of pulsating drum rhythms. The sound emanates from the waterfront. It intensifies, and draws closer. Look out your window. Women dress in scanty, elaborate costumes, parade down the street as they dance to the rhythm of the drums. It’s carnival season in Montevideo. Forget New Orleans. Forget Rio. Forget Trinidad. The Carnival in Uruguay lasts 40 days, making it the longest in the world. [Read more...]
“So, do you plan to start eating meat now?” This is what people ask me when they learn that I am moving to Uruguay. Correction: This is what they ask if they even know the location of Uruguay, let alone its reputation for tasty, hormone-free beef. I have not eaten red meat since 1973, and I’m not about to start now. [Read more...]