a journal of observations, obsessions and inspirations

musings on the artist's life

Posted in: Uruguay

One year – and all the difference

view through window towards front yard of house at dawn

Exactly one year ago today, I arrived in Uruguay. I was looking to slow down my high-stress life and jump into writing my book. Within two weeks, mi novio commented in one of our frequent calls that I sounded like a different person… far more relaxed. Más tranquilo. Detaching myself from one lifestyle and settling into another took about six months. One of the reasons for my coming around is[…]

Read More »
Posted in: Uruguay

Taxi! Taxi!

One day in Montevideo, my Spanish class ended two hours earlier than usual, at 3 pm. Generally, we just call for a taxi – that means Juan calls for a taxi, as talking on the phone is still beyond my skill level and ability to understand! – and several minutes later, there it is. But the shift ends at 3 for all the regular drivers, so none were available. It[…]

Read More »
Posted in: Uruguay

A day at the chacra

Greenhouse interior with vegetables growing, near Atlántida, Uruguay

Every other Saturday at Pilar’s chacra [ranch or farm] there’s a midday gathering for people to buy the organic fruits and vegetables. My friends Gundy and Syd live three blocks from me, so it’s easy for them to pick me up for the short drive out into the campo. I know Atlántida is a small town, but it takes less than five minutes to really be out in the countryside.[…]

Read More »
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[…]

Read More »
Posted in: Uruguay

Learning to love la vida tranquila

Empty winter streets in the Centro, Atlántida, Uruguay

Everything is a little slower here, which is a welcome change. But it’s taking some getting used to. The picture shows a view of downtown Atlántida – the centro – in winter. It’s a tourist town that comes alive from mid-December to the end of February, and nearly all restaurants and many other businesses close down for the rest of the year. Houses in the centro are now shuttered, with[…]

Read More »
Posted in: Uruguay

Renting la casa

yard and yellow house in Uruguay

Visited again today with the owners of the house I’m renting for the next year and a half. Here’s the avocado tree in the back yard, or part of the tree – it’s about 20 feet high. I met the owners last month, lovely couple who have lived here for 7 or 8 years. Originally from Germany with no English but very good Spanish. Me with my elementary Spanish and[…]

Read More »
Posted in: Uruguay

La playa

The beach is about a 10 – minute walk from the place I’ll be renting, starting mid-May. That’s the Río de la Plata, even though it looks like the ocean. The transition from the river to the Atlantic Ocean extends along the Uruguayan coast from Montevideo to Punta del Este, about 130 kilometres. The name probably comes from the silver-like sheen the surface of the water takes on when the[…]

Read More »