Renovation in progress!

We have the site in surgery for a few days. Using a temporary “look and feel” and that may change several times. Among other things, we’re trying to figure out where all the images disappeared to – looks like we had a flawed backup. They’ll show up; we have lots of backups offsite if we need to re-do them.

But if you see this, that means the rest of the site is available, including all the article text content, even if it looks funky.

Tranquilo.

Residency Intro for those looking for a new country

Well, it’s mid-November 2016 as this post happens, and our site is getting hammered. Can’t imagine why all of a sudden so many people are considering moving to another country, jaja!

Entry to Ciudad Vieja
Entry to Ciudad Vieja from Plaza Independencia in Montevideo

If you are, please do be thoughtful about what, where, why, when, and how you do it. We try to stay out of partisan politics here at the Uruguay Expat Life & Uruguay For Me site network, though we have in the past reported on our perceptions of the Uruguay elections, in terms of describing how it works. But if you are thinking of moving here, perhaps from the USA (hmm, why all of a sudden?) please do understand that changing countries is nothing to be taken trivially.

We’ve covered some of the process of getting residency, of being here legally as a legal immigrant (that is what an “expat” indeed becomes if you are looking to be here permanently or for the indefinite future), and we’ll have more to say about it, in a more organized way, with resources links, in an upcoming “Uruguay Basics” series article. And even more in a deeper-dive article.

But due to the huge, tremendous recent interest, so big we’ve had to make the firewall higher, here are a few crucial concepts. Granted, mostly a stream-of-consciousness “Thinking about it? Here’s the scoop” kind of quick piece. Here you go:

Pan de Azucar "Sugarloaf" mountain looking from Pan de Azucar city
Pan de Azucar “Sugarloaf” mountain looking from Pan de Azucar city

Continue reading Residency Intro for those looking for a new country

Random Cultural Observations about everyday life in Uruguay

Four or five years in, some everyday culture observations about life in Uruguay. Nothing earth-shattering, maybe not even important, but some hopefully-useful, “Hmm, that’s a little different, wonder if I’ll like that?” points. These are, by nature of who we are and where we’re from originally, from the perspective of “Northerners”, “Westerners”, and that particular part of that often called (and inaccurately overstated as) “Americans”. As in, “USAians”, for which while  there is no real word in English, there is the perfectly good and accurate “estadosunidense” en español.

A off-the-cuff post, to relaunch our much-delayed resumed publishing here on the site (we’ve been plenty active on our various Social Media parts of the Uruguay Expat Life & Uruguay For Me network – all available from the menu and sidebar for you to discover and join in!)

Here we go, in no particular order: Continue reading Random Cultural Observations about everyday life in Uruguay

Our “Uruguay For Me” network and affordable consultations via Plansify (Now closed)

UPDATE: As of January 17, 2017, the Plansify service has been closed, with one day of notice, by its owners. We apologize for the inconvenience, but please direct any issues to its founder/owner, the well-known and excellent travel-blogger, “Wandering Earl”. Thank you for your trust in our consultation services to the many clients, several who became friends, during the time that Uruguay For Me / Uruguay Expat Life co-publisher Mark Mercer was a Plansify Advisor. And thank you for the consistently high ratings you gave! Sometime during the remainder of Q1 or during Q2 2017, as part of an overall overhaul of our online presence including a redesign of this website, we may be launching a direct, low-cost, paid consultation service via our to-be-launched full UrugayFor.Me website.

We are interested in your comments and suggestions for what you might like that service to be, price ranges for consultation (our last-year Plansify price was $21 USD for a 3-question detailed email session and $65 for a 1-hour Skype or similar voice-call. A chunk of that went to “Wandering Earl” and his partner, which if we do a direct service, we won’t have reducing our revenue, so we might go slightly lower.) Please feel free to use the Contact Form right here on this website, to send us your suggestions and ideas. Please don’t ask for or expect free personalized advice, because things of value are worth paying a fair price.

Meanwhile both Mark and Lisa are regularly adding short-to-medium-length content on our Facebook Page (publish/comment-only, we don’t do messaging or allow posting there), and both host and as members, participate, in the Uruguay Expat Life Community at Google. At that community/forum, we do sometimes share specific advice and ideas, though not as detailed or researched as when we’re getting paid to do it! Also, too-rarely, post updates to our @UruguayForMe Twitter. All of which can be found from the links right here on the sidebar and menu of this website.

Thank you for the continued great feedback for our “Uruguay For Me” consultations  we offer via the innovative “Plansify” service. Mark Mercer is the official Plansify consultant, invited at the launch of the service last year by famous travel blogger, Plansify founder “Wandering Earl”. Uruguay Expat Life/Uruguay For Me co-owner, travel author Lisa Marie Mercer, also is involved in the research and consultation process. It’s a great value for personalized research and perspective for your questions about expat life in Uruguay.

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The costs are quite low (though they are increasing slightly in Mid-July, so you may want to book now! We’ll honor previous pricing for confirmed bookings), and we do research specific to your questions. Whether you choose the “three detailed email questions” or the “One hour Skype call” option, you can give some background on your issues ahead of time, so that we can do our best to get your relevant-to-you answers. How relevant? Please check Mark Mercer’s feedback at Plansify.com/markmercer to read real client responses. Based on sessions done and feedback received, we’re humbly pleased that Mark is on the front page of their long list of advisors, sharing the page with well-known travel and expat luminaries like “Wandering Earl” (and Plansify co-founder) Derek Baron himself, and widely-published financial consultant and long-term traveler Nora Dunn, among other top advisors.

Traveling or moving elsewhere? We encourage you to consider them, and the other Plansify consultants, for your non-Uruguay destination needs. (We do NOT get any commission for your booking of anyone other than Mark – this is a straight-up recommendation based purely on thinking the service, and their list of advisors, is a great idea!)

In case we haven’t explained it recently, our “Uruguay For Me” branding with its “name tells the story” UruguayFor.Me website address, is the paid-services part of our overall site network. At least, the starting-to-monetize, as the startup culture calls it, part of our offering. “Uruguay Expat Life”, including this website here at UruguayExpat.Info (another of our “the name tells the story” domains), is and will always be our “internet gift culture” part of the overall “Uruguay Expat Life and Uruguay For Me Site Network”. Continue reading Our “Uruguay For Me” network and affordable consultations via Plansify (Now closed)

Thank you to all our new followers! Do you know all our sites?

Twitter Profile and cover imageIt’s been a great November, and it’s not even over. Thank you to all our new followers across our site and social media network for Uruguay Expat Life / Uruguay For Me. Between new email subscribers to this website (you can sign up directly from our sidebar) who get every post in their inbox, new RSS subscribers, new members of our Uruguay Expat Life Community forum, new followers of our @UruguayForMe Twitter, new people who’ve followed our Google+ Pages for Uruguay For Me (the more “just the facts” page) and Uruguay Expat Life (the more open-ended and personal/anecdotal one) in their G+ Circles, and new Facebook Page followers, that’s well over 100 new people this month.

Uruguay Expat Life - Community - Google+ 20141120 410 membersOur, no, your, Community, broke through to more than 400 members this week, after less than a year and a half in existence. Our Facebook Page broke through over 800 people who Liked and Followed it, and one of our posts got well over 700 people reached, with no “pay to play” to Facebook for you to be able to see it. That’s due to your interest, sharing, and engagement with our articles and posts. Lots of new Twitter followers, several new people Circling our Google+ Pages (those Pages are not the same thing as our Google Community – the Community is where you can post your own questions and topics!)

We’re grateful, looking forward to hearing from you in our free Community, in your emails via our Contact Us form, as comments on our Facebook and G+ Page posts, and in your replies and retweets to our Tweets. Also remember, there’s a Comment section at the bottom of every article on this website, and it uses the same ID you already probably have for commenting on so many other sites on the web.

Follow some of them? Why not follow all? We don’t always post the same things – each part of our network has a slightly different feel and style. Plus, cool ways to automatically get our newest articles – via email and RSS.

feed-icon-28x28Use our RSS feed to put all our website posts automatically on the front page of your custom web portal like My Yahoo, or in the Feedly or similar Reader apps for iPhone and Android, in the LinkedIn Pulse news aggregator, in Live Bookmarks in Firefox, or in RSS extensions in Chrome that let you follow the latest from all your favorite sites.

Favorite sites including Uruguay Expat Life and Author Susan Joyce's Lullaby Illusion blog shown on My Yahoo!

You almost certainly already have a Google ID of some kind (Android phone, tablet, Gmail account, YouTube comments, Picasa photos, Google Drive…) so why not join our Community – you don’t heed anything else new, Continue reading Thank you to all our new followers! Do you know all our sites?