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It’s the 29th, so lets eat Gnocchis

October 30, 2008


It is tradition in this part of South America to eat Gnocchis (en Espanola noqui) on the 29th of each month. For future prosperity, it is custom to leave money underneath your plate as you eat. After eating, you carry that money with you, not to be spent. Our waiter also advised us that it […]

Montevideo Street Markets

October 28, 2008


As in many South American cities, the weekend action is at the street markets. Here a mix of locals and a few tourists mingle over the wide variety of merchandise for sale. Here you can find everything from a new set of undies (in many many colors) to handmade lamps to a new hammer. The […]

Rojo Bicicleta

October 26, 2008


I have made my first large purchase here in Uruguay, a shiny new bicycle. It is bright red, has but one gear, and wide silly looking tires. It is a good solid bike though, suitable for the relatively flat terrain of Uruguay. I will mostly be using it to get around town so I do […]

The Rio Uruguay Runs Through It

October 26, 2008


The waves hitting the shore of the river today are gentler and better organized than yesterday. Yesterday a storm threatened Montevideo, coming from the hated, respected, and jealously watched Argentina. Yesterday, the waves crashed against the shore, throwing up huge walls of white, churning foam. The large black rocks scattered in the water add to […]

Bodega Bouza and El Mercado de Puerta

October 23, 2008


Something you may not know is that Uruguayan wine is very high quality and is excellent. Most of the available varieties are familiar, such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Cabernet. The local favorite is a grape called the Tannat, a rare find just about anywhere but Uruguay. In Uruguay it is the beloved local […]

Second week at Clausen – Workin Hard – Trusha’s Birthday

October 19, 2008


I have now completed my second week of work at Clausen. I am feeling good about what I have accomplished to date, but am worried about having my project completed in time. I have nine more weeks to finish a huge amount of work and to not only come up with solutions to many problems, […]

Colonia del Sacramento

October 18, 2008


Over the weekend we visited Colonia del Sacramento, one of the best preserved historical areas in South America. It is one of the original landing areas for the Spanish and Portuguese settlers and served as an important port area. Today it is relaxed and quiet, visited mostly by tourists. Colonia is across the Uruguay Platte […]