Spring on the Beach

A beautiful spring day in Atlántida. This week it has dramatically shifted from being chilly at night still needing some heat, to being warm, even hot, today. Mid-20s C (mid-70s F) as I write this.

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Sea is back to being more blue than brown, following the awful storms of nearly two weeks ago that wildly stirred the Rio Plata silt. It’s never pure ocean blue, since though there is nothing but water between here and Antartica on the heading of this shot, it is technically still the river.

Many of the fishermen with their heavy-rod spinning or casting rigs, were out wading well offshore rather than on the Playa Brava itself. Further down towards Las Toscas, out of the Zona de Pesca, some families were playing in the water though it is only the second week of Spring.

Uruguay is Going Green – with Red Animals!

I love our new country, and most everything about the lifestyle and pace of living. However, Uruguay has not always been “green” in the ecological sense, compared to some countries.

Many “green shoots” however, including this exhibit of fantastic scuptures of animals with water bottles and various other eco-gear on them, made from recycled plastics. The dogs, cats, and frogs invaded Montevideo’s Carrasco International Airport last spring in November. I took these photos when I was there waiting for the rental car to arrive.

Eco-pop art at the airport

 

Reusing bags, repurposing disposable packaging, making recycling available, and doing something about the damn fumes from uncontrolled diesel emissions are some areas that still need work. When our friend Julie R. Butler wrote her book Nine Months in Uruguay: Past, Present, Progress, she mentioned that in La Paloma’s supermarket, they looked at her funny and joked when she went their with their reusable shopping bags.

Lisa Marie and I spent some time in La Paloma as part of our Uruguay Reality-Check Trip™ and shopped in that store. Nope, no reusable bags. But that was May 2011. Continue reading Uruguay is Going Green – with Red Animals!