How Uruguay chose us

Lisamaria is probably too reluctant to toot her own horn (or tweet her own article), so I’m posting this for her. A brief retelling of how and why we came to Uruguay, and specifically chose Atlántida, as our new home. Uruguay beachside with lush vegetation, bright sand, gentle waves

This is her latest article for International Living magazine and website. I Didn’t Choose to Live in Uruguay – It Chose Me. It was an exclusive to International Living Daily Postcards email subscribers a few days ago under the title I Didn’t Choose Atlantida, Atlantida Chose Me. Repurposed for their website with the more generic Uruguay rather than Atlántida, but it is in fact a good summary of our decision-making process in on where exactly we wanted to live. In the city, way out of the big city, in a resort town, in a walkable town, or where?

What we found was that Atlántida, for us, was the perfect mix of small beachside resort, with a year-round community, walkable to shopping and services, and with good enough car or bus transport to also be a “bedroom suburb” of Montevideo for job and business opportunities, and for the occasional big-city fix that we former New Yorkers/Bostonians still need once in a while.

Your specific mix of preferences may differ. But Uruguay has many options along those different dimensions.

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Mark Mercer

Site co-owner Mark Mercer. AKA Marcos Cristoforo Mercer, AKA the Fuzzy Wanderer. Expat from USA living in Uruguay as of mid-2012, after "test-driving" it for a few months in 2011 and early 2012. Married to Lisamaria, AKA well-known travel and fitness writer Lisa Marie Mercer. Follow Mark on Twitter @mcmxs and his many other sites, which you can find at I write and engage about many of my other interests, on Google+ at