A Lovely Fall Day Wrapping Up Tourism Week

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Beautiful Saturday of the weekend wrapping up Tourism Week. That’s what secular Uruguay calls Holy Week, because we actually have full separation of religion from government here.

Edit: more context on Uruguay as secular nation. Which means all are free to worship, or not, as they see fit. None may impose on others, especially not the government and the general culture. Our friends at the relatively new and excellent blog Guru’guay explain why Uruguay calls it Tourism Week.

Even with our country being secular, the Catholic, Protestant, Anglican, Mormon Churches will be full of Easter celebrants. Whilst not making agnostics, atheists, pagans, nontheistic faith believers such as Buddhists and Taoists, or followers of other branches of the monotheistic Abrahamic faiths uncomfortable from pushing a majority culture onto them. Uruguay does have small but active Jewish, Islamic, and Bahá’í Faith communities, which are the other three major parts of the Abrahamic monotheistic faith traditions in addition to the various flavors of Christianity. A Buddhist temple in the interior. Not to forget the many worshipers of Iemanja, goddess of the sea. Seems eminently respectful and downright “love thy neighbor” to me, to keep things officially secular. Everyone gets to choose.

We still have flowers on some of the lovely decorative trees and bushes in the neighborhood. The weather here in coastal Uruguay has been a bit chilly at night (enough with the “It’s not Chile, it’s Uruguay” bit, Lisa!) – as low as 8C, but about 15-20 days still. Think mid-60s during the day, if you’re from Fahrenheit-ville. The seasons are definitely changing, but it’s still lovely most of the time.

Edit: Added a few more pix that I had on my phone. The phone’s WordPress app is a little bit skittish about multi-photo posts. Added them from the computer. In the gallery after the break. Continue reading A Lovely Fall Day Wrapping Up Tourism Week

Today on Uruguay Flooded Life

Car nose-down in flooded and overlflowing drainage ditch
That’s the end of block, right at the corner of our shared yard.

The rains continue. Tormenta electrica sin fin. The drainage canals along the main road at the end of our street are totally overflowed. And apparently Uruguayans are no better than Los Angeles residents at driving in rain.
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Photowalks in Uruguay

The Worldwide Photowalk event is coming in just 8 weeks, on 13 October 2012. And yes, there are events in Uruguay!

Montevideo Photowalk and Punta del Este Photowalk. So far. Trying to talk a friend into leading a Piriápolis Photowalk.

Piriápolis sunset

photo credit Olga Rivero Hernandez.

If you’re not familiar with Photowalks, the idea is a bunch of people get together with cameras, and tour a city led by a local who shows them a number of interesting spots to photograph. You don’t have to be a pro; Continue reading Photowalks in Uruguay

Lisa’s South American Life

Here’s a slideshow of some of my experiences and the sights of Uruguay around my home in Atlántida.

I’ve also included pictures of my trip to Chile, where I taught a ski-fitness week at Portillo. One of the nice things about living in one South American country is that it becomes easier to explore others.

A Chica Norteamericana in South America Slideshow: Lisa’s trip from Montevideo, Uruguay to 4 cities Santiago, Piriapolis, Atlántida and Portillo was created by TripAdvisor. See another Chile slideshow. Create your own stunning slideshow with our free photo slideshow maker.

— Lisamaria
photos by me or Mark, collage slideshow courtesy of TripAdvisor’s TripWow travel presentation tool.