Saturday, September 24, 2005

From Uruguay

Welcome to my humble blog, this is a public space to share the experience of growing and living on this corner of the world. If I have time I would like to upload pictures of montevideo and the rest of the country so that you get a picture of things around here.

In the opportunities I had to travel most of the people I met were unable to place Uruguay in the world map, sometimes I'd get the feeling that some people when they think of uruguay they picture us living in huts. Well I guess one of the goals of this blog is to enlighten the reader on truths and myths, do's and dont's of Uruguay.

So, where do we go from here? First of all I would like to know what do YOU think, know or would like to know about Uruguay.


Anonymous said...


i'm also from montevideo but i moved when i was only 5. i grew up in canada. i can still speak spanish. i'll be going to montevideo in february for a month! i like your blog.

gabouy said...

thanks ani! feedback is welcomed

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid I am one of those who could not place Uruguay on a map until a few months ago, even though I had been to South America (Peru). I have lived in the US all my life and have started looking for a new place to live, and the more I read, the more Uruguay keeps coming up! Some people seem to think it is not very exciting, but sometimes that's a good thing! (Check this out: And if you want some adventurous travel, Argentina and Brazil are right next door.

I hope to visit very soon! In the meantime, your blog is helping me get a taste of daily life there. It is hard to find good information about your country -- Thanks, and please keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Me gusto mucho q hayas puesto q tenemos "4 clearly different seasons".

Todo el mundo se piensa q America del Sur es tropical,un continente entero tropical,lleno de fruta tropical,negros,sol,playa y nada mas q esto....

Anonymous said...

Gabo, I just discovered your blog and I think is great, I just can't belive there's nothing on soccer

Anonymous said...

Thank-you so much for this site! I can't wait to visit Uruguay. Frankly, from what I've been learning about your country over the past couple of years, I think I'd like to live there!

Anonymous said...

"quiet, nice, humble folk, with somewhat a low profile"

I totally disagree with these adjectives. I lived in in Montevideo for three years when I finished high school and I learned that uruguayans,especially from Montevideo are very noisy,loud,friendly but also aggressive in some ways especially the youth.

Just think of the wide and common "habit" of shouting names at the ladies on the streets
And the frequent brawls at the pubs and discos...

Anonymous said...


I was also born in Montevideo along with my older sister. We left back in the late 80's and since then we've lived in NYC and currently reside in Miami, FL.

We have most of our family in Uruguay. We went to visit sometime in 2000 and we certainly enjoyed all of the good eating and "las termas".

Good to see your blog is putting Uruguay on the map. Keep up the excellent work.

Diego Lopez

Anonymous said...

Are there any Uruguayan authors that we might be able to read or at least look out for? I mean people who write about life in Uruguay.

gabouy said...

uruguayan authors who write about life in Uruguay?? mmm, hey I thought I did that :) What are you exactly looking for? If you are looking for Uruguayan writers check out: Juan Carlos Onetti, Mario Benedetti and Eduardo Galeano.

Unknown said...

Hello Gabo, I am sooo impressed with your blog on Uruguay. Actually I want to set up a business in Uruguay, perhaps a restaurant. what is your advise? Greetings from Singapore ;)

gabouy said...

siti, if you are serious about setting up a business in Uruguay, I have two advises to give you, first read my post about the ten things I hate about Uruguay, then you should make a scout visit to Uruguay, preferably between december and january, just to taste the waters.

Fernando said...

What's with this International Living site that everyone keeps promoting and is linked with in their blogs? All they do is try to sell you some get rich quick scheme, while providing no relevant or valid information on Uruguay and I suspect anything else. They have a long narrative followed by a suspicious sales pitch on some hokie venture. Get rid of it!!! Otherwise, I appreciate your blog. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hola! Great Blog!
I am from Oregon but am looking for another country to reside with my daughter. Uruguay looks great & affordable if i live outside Montevideo or Punta del Este.

I'd like to know more about the weather. Is it really humid in the summer? What kind of heating systems are used for the winters? How cold is it? How much does heating cost? I am researching La Paloma. I like small towns & might even like living out far enough to have a goat &/or chickens.

We lived in Puerto Vallarta Mexico for 6 years & the housing prices are getting too expensive there.

I d love to be able to communicate with someone. I have so many questions. Muchas gracias.

student from america said...

i really really really wish to use ur pics and info just some not all all ur info is perfect
its for school of course and ill cite your blog and stuff but im asking u first because its kinda rude to just take other ppls info and pics i wouldnt like it
so anyways is it alright if i use ur info and pics of uruguay??
ill cite my source which would be your blog i dont want to plagiarize

gabouy said...

student from america, it's ok to use this blog's info for academic purposes, as long as they are non profit :)

Anonymous said...

I have just discovered your blog! I love it! I am from Europe but I felt in love with a Uruguayan here. Now he went back to Montevideo and I've still the Uruguay flag in my room... I wish I'll see him again, I am currently planning my holiday in Uruguay but probably I would like to leave all capitalism of Europe because of love... I miss him, he had such a good heart. Love Uruguay.

Unknown said...

Hi, I had always thought that Uruguay would be the gem of south america..somehow I thought that cliche was unique..but they say it all the time. I got here and I realized all the hype led me to be let down. And I find the people be fair, but I have met an great amount of obnoxious Uruguyans, another shock because I had romanticized, I supposed that they were indeed very humble people. I continue to excuse everything I see and tell myself it is just my neighborhood, or that it is just that so many I come in contact with have connections to the United States and it is "those creeps" who have contaminated these good decent people. Well, whatever the case, I do meet nice people to, but unfortunately it is usually just in they really don't have much influence in my work and is the creeps that do...unfortunately. I have made an effort to try to grab on to the nice ones and develope a better support system with them, because I realize how few and far between it might be to find them.--and usually, they are nice with a smile, but they really don't care to develop anything because they are into themselves and do not have the welcoming history that other countries, with an imigrant histroy have....
THat is just my own humble observation.

gabouy said...

elf, while it's sad I agree with your view. I grew up being told uruguayans are nice & warm, while first worlders are cold, and distant but the more I travel the more I realize this aint so, and I imagine it being hard for someone from outside to integrate and develop a support network if you don't happen to work in mixed environment and have some luck.

Crunchy carpets said...

So happy to find your blog. I am drawn to Uruguay for some reason even though it is so far away. Getting an honest perspective is great.

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