a journal of observations, obsessions and inspirations

October2015

Posted in: Uruguay

Stay safe, Montevideo

City sidewalk with broken sections, Montevideo, Uruguay

Have you traveled to large cities before? I’ve been to New York and Chicago, London and Barcelona and Moscow. I’ve never felt in any danger there, but I’m a careful traveler. Smart at home, too, whatever city that might be. Before my first trip to Uruguay, I read dozens of articles. A lot of blog posts. Many of them talked about safety, the crime rate in Montevideo, escalation of same,[…]

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Posted in: The Tenor Book

The everyday, unsexy book work

computer screens with working images for The Tenor Book

Working like crazy on the book, have been for a couple months. Mostly it’s wrangling all the research – the interviews in particular – into a form I can access and pull them into whatever is going to become The Book. So I’m listening to the audio files while reading against the transcripts, making corrections. Noting stories I want to extract. Reacquainting myself with the experience of the interviews themselves.[…]

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Posted in: Uruguay

El idioma español y el acento rioplatense

screencap of Uruguayan news website

One of the hardest adjustments, language-wise, has been hearing the Rioplatense accent. Making the connection between what I hear and what I was used to hearing, and figuring out what it means. Big disconnect. Yes, I know I’ll get there, but right now I’m not. There’s the accent. All “y” (except at the end of a word) and all “‘ll” (elle) sound like “sh” … so you have yo =[…]

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Posted in: Uruguay

Verduras y frutas

At the feria in Atlántida today plus a quick trip to the hippermercado. What will $513 UY pesos get you? More than I could fit in the photo: 2 manojos grandes de espinaca, 1/2 kilo de fresas, 4 manzanas, 2 morrónes, 2 dientes de ajo, 2 lechugas, 1 docena de huevos, 2 pepinos, 4 naranjas, 2 paquetes de menta fresca, 6 papas and a paquete de galletas de arroz. Approximately[…]

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