Montevideo:  A Deeper Look
By José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín

Montevideo: A Deeper Look

Most of our six month stay in Montevideo, we traveled outside the city or lived like other residents. At times, we acted like tourists again - visiting or re-visiting notable places in the city, and…

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Cannons and canyons in Uruguay’s Northeast
Watchtower, Fortaleza Santa Teresa

Cannons and canyons in Uruguay’s Northeast

FORTINS AND FORTALEZAS Two forts from the 18th century, both named for saints (Teresa and Michael/Miguel), enlivened our visit to the northernmost coast of Uruguay, just shy of the Brazilian border. Both forts changed hands…

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Birds of Eastern Uruguay
Kiskadee at lunch

Birds of Eastern Uruguay

One of our greatest enjoyments is to explore the natural world where we are. That was a big reason for driving along the coastal landscape of eastern Uruguay, with its inland lakes and wetlands (in…

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Connecting the Dots of the Balnearios
La Paloma beach

Connecting the Dots of the Balnearios

Toward the end of our stay in Uruguay, we drove the whole coast, from Montevideo to Chuy, the edge of Brazil. We discovered surprisingly diverse terrain and vibe along the 250 miles (400 kilometers) of…

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Relaxed – the pace of Montevideo
Plaza Constitucion, old town

Relaxed – the pace of Montevideo

In brief: With a seemingly endless sandy beach front, popular neighborhood resources, a charming center, and a relaxed air, Montevideo can be a pleasant place to live. We chose Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, as our…

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The Wild West of Uruguay
Sculpture at old bastion del Carmen

The Wild West of Uruguay

Uruguay boasts two very different UNESCO World Heritage sites, both of which we visited during our drive through the west of the country along the Uruguay River - the town of Colonia and a meat…

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Montevideo: First Impressions
Plaza Independencia

Montevideo: First Impressions

Our home for the next six months is Montevideo, capital of Uruguay. The country is about the size of Missouri, but with a population of only 3.5 million. Just 1.5 million live in the city…

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