Monday, August 1, 2011

Uruguay: Montevideo

We have been on a search for a place we could make an expat home for a couple of years. In Uruguay's Montevideo, we found what we have been looking for.

Montevideo is home to 1.5 million residents. We arrived at the city's new international airport on a direct flight from Miami that was just under 10 hours.

We discovered the beautiful Ciudad Vieja, with it's colonial architecture, vibrant port and thriving financial and business district. We jogged the Rambla. We strolled the neighborhoods of Pocitos and Punta Carretas. We experienced the musicians and dancers of the Tango. We were charmed by Parque Villa Biarritz and hope to make our home in its vicinity.

It is not enough to say we ate well in Montevideo. Sugar Loaf treated us to a 5 star experience at the Rara Avis. We made the pilgrimage to the Estancia Del Puerto, made famous by a visit from Anthony Bourdain. We indulged in port whilst watching Tango at the Barr Fun Fun, circa 1985. Ultimately, it was the tea time and coffee breaks at Bonafide and Amaretto that sealed the deal. Our assessment of the Montevideo people came to rest on the superiority of their cappuccinos, the best in all of South America.

As great friends, lovers and travel companions, we are happy to make our way on our adventures together. Yet, our trip was so enriched by the expats we met we could not imagine Uruguay without them! Alex Garcia is an unparallelled resource. And for the small price of some stateside chili powder, Carolla of Feligreta (Ellauri & Brasil) will introduce you to her friend, Robert.

Robert will open his home to you on a day's notice. He pours you a coffee or wine, hosts you at dinner, ensures you make the rounds to the expat meetings and helps you make his friends your friends.

Charla hears you are a Pilates teacher and immediately books a lesson with you. She invites you to Sunday brunch and you pass several hours eating delicious food in pleasant company.

Hank explained how 9/11 was an inside job, Mark reported on the Japanese fall out radiation levels in Wisconsin and Irene educated us on the Obama deception . They may have been the most fun of all!

In Uruguay, we accomplished what we came to do. We established that Uruguay is ideal as a foreign investment and expat locale. The funding process for our farming operations and appreciation syndication is progressing ahead of schedule. Before long, we will make our way back. And in the not so distant future, we will make a home in Montevideo.

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