Get personal advice on Uruguay living and travel – Now at Plansify!

We at Uruguay Expat Life & Uruguay For Me enjoy sharing our experiences, creating internet communities where other folks considering life in Uruguay gather to chat, and meeting and conversing with other expats, immigrants, slow travelers, who may be wondering if Uruguay is for them. That’s why we created and offer so many different free options for online community, like all the ones in our menu up top. Including the very popular Uruguay Expat Life Community on the Google social platform. We will continue to curate and encourage these communities, post our own observations here at the heart of our site network and on our social media sites, and encourage everyone to contribute. Lisa Mercer and I also get a lot of emails, private messages, and contact form responses, and we’re happy to give some quick info.

Sometimes what you need is more than just public social media and blog discussions, more than a short general reply to an email. When it comes to asking “Is Uruguay for me?”, that requires research, perspective, advice, and on-the-ground knowledge. Same with figuring out all the various travel alternatives and ways to maximize frequent flyer programs and schemes to afford the multiple trips you really should do before committing to live here. Now we have a way to help you with those details, via Plansify.

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I (Mark Mercer) am thrilled and honored to have been invited by famous travel blogger / entrepreneur “Wandering Earl” to be one of the Travel Advisors at Plansify.com, and it’s now live! You can book your consultation with me right now. Continue reading Get personal advice on Uruguay living and travel – Now at Plansify!

Another site launch – AtlantidaExpats.com

Technically a re-launch, because we launched AtlantidaExpats.com last August as a gift to the informal but fairly big “Atlántida English Speakers” get-together. They’d been talking for years about wanting a website, so one day before one of the lunches I spent a couple of hours and whipped one up for them, offering it to them for free.

After all the “we want a website, somebody might do one” for years, when I presented it to them, the person who handles communications said “I don’t have time”. Then I asked again, that time in an email. Ignored.  So, after a couple of months wasted re-copying their Gmail-sent newsletter out of the goodness of my heart while redacting overly private info in it, I gave up on the idea. Clearly, they really did not want a website, and clearly, I’m getting too old for this “stuff” of doing things for people who don’t appreciate it!

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Relaunching AtlantidaExpats.com now with the editorial voice of Uruguay Expat Life, Continue reading Another site launch – AtlantidaExpats.com

21 reasons for Uruguay, or 8 why it’s not all that?

A follower of our Uruguay Expat Life page on Facebook asked me to comment on this Global Post article 8 reasons Uruguay’s not all that; as a counterpoint to the Buzzfeed 21 reasons to move to Uruguay one that went viral last month.

Other than that he was kind of setting up the strawman fallacy, with that “in light of the Buzzfeed”, because I never said I really liked that Buzzfeed. I don’t. The Buzzfeed piece was a snarky silly goof article on unimportant stuff, because, Buzzfeed. I made fun of it at the time in various places, on some networks shared it much like a “Mujica smoking out in sandals” goof. Lisa and I shared it, but for fun. The articles shared about ratings on peace, freedom, economic stability, the Economist country of the year, the Economist’s good but not top level rank on countries likely to have protests – sure, serious discussions. But that Buzzfeed 21 reasons most involving pot, sandals, and what’s ol’ Tio Pepe growing out on his flower farm? But this Global post article is nearly as bogus non-serious as that. Or if the author of it, currently living in Uruguay, is, I have to say, “Surely you can’t be serious” about some of his complaint. Not all, but, the Post Office lines? Using this picture as argument?

A bunch of packages, 3 people, and actually nobody waiting in line.
Post offices everywhere. This one happens to be in Uruguay. That’s your argument?

I actually agree with much of this Global Post piece. But it, itself, is also a bit of a strawman fallacy. Which is why I don’t like all of it, but it’s a good “Whiny part-BS article” counterpoint to “Silly part-BS article”. Continue reading 21 reasons for Uruguay, or 8 why it’s not all that?

Trying Out Uruguay: Short-term Apartment Rental Available in Montevideo

As you know, Mark and I strongly advocate “auditioning” Uruguay before you make the commitment to move here. It’s also best to choose a time when the weather is not at its best, because we’re talking about a long-term relationship, not a summer beach fling. I just found out that my friend Verónica Pamoukaghlian is renting her two-bedroom Montevideo apartment  from  August 13 till October 23. This time frame covers the late winter and early spring.

A Montevideo apartment for rent
Veronica’s Montevideo Apartment Rental

The apartment, located one block from the Rambla comes furnished, with a fully-equipped kitchen. Rent is $850 a month.

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Kitchen in Montevideo Apartment

Filmmaker and freelance writer Verónica Pamoukaghlian is one of the many expats global wanderers and creatives, who have managed to “do it their way” and carve out a creative niche in Uruguay. If you’re interested, let us know, and we will put you in touch with her.

(Edit: She’s really not an Expat in Uruguay, she’s a real Uruguayan. Except she’s often out of the country so much, as a filmmaker, poet, travel writer, and global digital nomad, that sometime’s it’s hard to remember she’s really from here!  LOL)

 

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