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Aug 11, 2014 - one of the things I'll miss most about South America: Sunday Markets!!

It's official: there's no better way to spend a sunny Sunday than to hit a local market. And the sprawling, bustling chaos of Montevideo's market doesn't disappoint. Beyond the usual touristy gimmicks, you can also find: - new and used clothing - stands 100% dedicated to the sale of shoestrings, tv remotes, and pirated video games for PS2 - roosters, ducks, pigeons, turkeys, geese, parrots, and songbirds - mystery meats and vegetables - lingerie - antiques - plants - engine parts, tools, and rope ladders - turtles, mice, hamsters, rabbits,...

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Jun 9, 2013 - Milestones

These past few weeks have seen several milestones in the Clark family. For months Terry and I have been talking about bagging the highest peak in Uruguay with some British friends and so on Terry’s birthday a month ago, we set off with GPS in hand. We debated bringing the typical collection of climbers gear such as climbing rope, crampons and ice axe but in the end decided to go for a quick assault with minimal equipment on the summit of Cerro Catedral. Of course all our discussions were tongue in cheek as the greatest challenge of the hike...

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May 12, 2013 - A passion for sports

Uruguayans can be characterized by many things; whether they like maté, if they go to Punta in the summer, if they belong to the Frente Amplio or the Colorado party. There is one question, however, which defines Uruguayans above all else and that is; are you for Peñarol or Nacional? These soccer clubs ignite a passion, the likes of which we didn’t understand until we went to a soccer game between these two teams last week. Tradition holds that Peñarol is the team of the ‘people’, supported by the masses while Nacional, in contrast, is...

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Mar 31, 2013 - Semana de Turismo

It is Semana Santa- Holy Week- for all of Latin America except Uruguay. Here it is Semana de Turismo- Tourism Week. Uruguay is the most secular of all Latin American countries with just over 50% of the population claiming to be Catholic. Still, the message is clear- go out and be a tourist during Semana de Turismo. Since the city virtually shuts down, schools are closed, the streets are empty, and we decided to join the migration of people up the coast. The Uruguayan coastline, extending from Montevideo all the way east to the border with...

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Feb 26, 2013 - Montevideo, Uruguay

Feb 26, 2013 Montevideo, Uruguay We booked a city tour and winery tour/tasting today. Uruguay is a very small country with a population of ~3.5 million people of which 1.5 million live in the capital, Montevideo. The city is centered around the main plaza with several beautiful buildings designed by architects from France and Italy. Our tour guide, Ileana, talked non-stop informing us on the history, culture, customs, politics and family life of Uruguay. Ileana, like most people in Uruguay has more than one job. Her other job is teaching...

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Feb 24, 2013 - Montevideo Uruguay

Overnight we had an incredible thunder and lightning storm that lit up the dining room and continued well into the night. We awake to what else but RAIN! Oh well, what can you do, we are in Montevideo Uruguay and going to the make the most of it. After a short walk to the end of the pier and already drenched we find a local van and guide and decide that for $25 each for a 3 hour tour it is better than wandering in town in the rain. Definitely the right decision as we end up see so much more than we would have otherwise. Our guide Anna is...

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South America 2013

Feb 14, 2013 - Uruguay - what a surprise!

Montevideo and Punta del Este are only about 50 miles apart, so I am lumping these two stops into one post because we found that Uruguay is deceptive. It is the second smallest country in South America (after Suriname). They joke that it is a “beginner’s country” for those visiting South America. The mountains are not very high, the population and size are not too large, the economy is relatively stable, and it is a good place to begin a trip into or out of South America. The rich are not filthy rich and the poor are not as abjectly poor...

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Feb 10, 2013 - Back to school

Though it is still the middle of the South American summer, school has started for the boys and for me as well. I have been working at the boy’s school this year, the Uruguayan American School, as the Elementary PE teacher and as the unofficial school physical therapist. There is enough cross over between teaching motor skills to children with developmental disabilities and teaching physical education to normally developing children that it has been a comfortable transition. The biggest challenge for me has been learning crowd control. It...

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Jan 3, 2013 - Montevideo, Uruguay

Today we have to pack and have cases ready for collection tonight. Made a start then decided to go to town first. Caught a free shuttle to a leather factory. This was handy as lynne wanted to check out the leather goods and it dropped us right at Independence Square between the old and new parts of the main city. From there we caught a tourisimo bus on a 2 1/2 hour trip around Montevideo with both Spanish and English commentary. It was good, what an impressive city. Uruguay is a welfare state. The streets are very clean. Monuments and parks...

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Sep 16, 2012 - Entry 10 - Uruguay, Home Of The World Cup

Hola Otra Vez! (Hello Again)! This is just a quick installment to cover a few highlights from the last few days & Uruguay which was only a short 5 day stay. First things first, our last night in Buenos Aires truly ended on a high. The Tango lesson, dinner & show far exceeded any expectations we had. The truth is the only reason we were going was because it was included as part of our package that we had already paid for. So off we went & oh what a night it was! Both of us can now boast that we know the basic steps to Tango. Lauren took the...

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Jun 20, 2012 - Montevideo

Après Colonia, nous avons passé 2 jours à Montevideo, la capitale de l'Uruguay. C'est une jolie ville au bord du Rio de la Plata d'environ 3 mio d'habitants, presque tous les uruguayens vivent à Montevideo. Saviez-vous que l'Uruguay est surnommée la Suisse de l'Amérique ? Les raisons sont sa tranquillité, sa petite taille et son secret bancaire. C'est à Montevideo que nous avons fait notre première expérience de couchsurfing. Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas le couchsufing c'est un réseau mondial de voyageurs qui permet d'aller dormir...

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Feb 12, 2012 - An Unexpected Change

We are back in Uruguay. After spending the Christmas holidays in Montevideo, we realized that this was where we wanted and needed to be. We spent hours discussing the pros and cons. Would we be sending the kids the wrong message? Living in Tbilisi was tough but life lessons were learned. Were we teaching the kids that you could quit when things got tough? The boys had been struggling with the cultural barriers in Georgia but there was value in experiencing exclusion. Life isn’t always fair. Graham had asked to return to Uruguay for his...

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