Casa Inspiracion Atlantida

One of the great things about being an expat is the fascinating people who share ta similar lifestyle. Just as we came from the snow-capped mountains of Colorado, Syd and Gundy arrived from the mountains of British Columbia. Read about Casa Inspiracion, their bed and breakfast in Villa Argentina. If you’re thinking of doing a “try Uruguay” trip, these folks are an excellent resource.

A private pool at Casa Inspiracion
Pool at Casa Inspiracion

The Uruguay Way: Union College students experience Uruguay

The Uruguay Way: Exploring the implementation of One Laptop Per Child. Some Union College (NYC) students are having a fascinating time here in Uruguay on an exchange program. Much of their studies focusing on this country being the country first fully to implement the One Laptop Per Child program.

Graffiti image of a mushroom-shaped
Montevideo Graffito. Photo credit Samantha Muritori, one of the Union College students on this exchange program. Copyright © 2013 Concordiensis and the photographer.

Also they’re exploring the area, of course, and taking in the lifestyle and sights. Yes, much of our graffiti is in fact artistic. Though as an ex-New Yorker, I have to say a lot of that is too. (Not necessarily all the “tagging” on the A-train back in the 80’s, though!)

There are some LOL moments in reading the college newspaper report, Continue reading The Uruguay Way: Union College students experience Uruguay

The Grumpy Gringo Factor

I just finished reading a fantastic article on Escape from America by Corey Coates, of Five Gallon Sound. Coates describes a certain type of expat, who we frequently encounter at expat meetings in Atlantida, or on certain Uruguay expat message boards. As they whine about everything from their neighbors, the constantly rising cost of living and the products they can’t find in a supermarket,  you wonder why they continue to live here. Coates calls them the “Grumpy Gringos.” Continue reading The Grumpy Gringo Factor

Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together – Video

Here is 5 minutes of the work in progress film, Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together, which I talked about in my previous post tonight. After the film, some thoughts and re-watch suggestions to learn more about both the issue at hand, and everyday sights and sounds of Uruguay. Including our very weird Spanish.

Pamela Harris & Carolina De Robertis | Iris Films present a “work in progress” five minute preview of “Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together”

As you watch it, please think about the culture and history that was suppressed. Lisa and I are gratified that Candombe is becoming a vehicle for recovering the rich Afro-Uruguayo culture, and in making Uruguayans and those like us new to our adopted land understand and confront past-times and current day racism and discrimination.

Then, perhaps, watch it again, and listen closely too, Continue reading Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together – Video

Uruguay For Me on G+ discussion: Carolina De Robertis/Pam Harris “Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together” interview

Uruguay For Me – Google – Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together.

Candombe drummers at night in street.
The “Llamada” of Candombe – ©2013 Pam Harris / Iris Film, Fair Use copy from interview. Photo is of our own Llamada right here in Uruguay Expat Life’s home town of Atlántida.

Carolina De Robertis, a top Uruguayan-American author/filmmaker of white European-Uruguayo descent, and her wife, filmmaker Pamela Harris, an African-American, recently did an interview with Being Latino and the Los Afro-Latinos Facebook group. They recount their experiences, including their surprise at discovering the African heritage of now mostly-white Uruguay, and that of encountering racism here.

Nonetheless, they both feel that Uruguay is for them. The best place for they as a same-sex lesbian, interracial, expat couple and parents of a toddler, to live, work, and thrive as a family. Enlightening reading on several aspects: racism, art, Uruguayan history, Uruguay’s openness to GLBT people, and the parallels/differences between US and Uruguayan history of slavery and its aftermath.

Our main link for this interview goes directly to one of our two Google+ sites, Uruguay For Me. G+ is open to everyone to read, and anybody with any Gmail, YouTube, Google Reader (RIP), Picasa, or any other Google service already has a Google+ ID, even if you didn’t know it. So feel free to comment either there, or right here on the blog in our newly enhanced comment system, Disqus.

Uruguay For Me is the brand and website name we’ll be launching later this year Continue reading Uruguay For Me on G+ discussion: Carolina De Robertis/Pam Harris “Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together” interview