News from my “cedula”, my permanent residency or: public opening hours

provincial government building in Colonia del Sacramento

provincial government building in Colonia del Sacramento

Coming from Vienna, a relatively big city, it needed some time to get used to lunch break in shops and offices.

When it comes to banks they only open for customers in the afternoon (mostly for 4 hours only!). Given the difficulty of transferring money from one bank to another you queue up in one bank (they let you draw numbers to get to your turn) take the bills and bring them to the other bank, where you queue up again to transfer the money to your respective receiver of your money…. Anyway one gets used to it:-).

Now I have to renew my cedula. I was very proud of myself to remember the opening hours of the immigration office: 9.15 to 12.00. What a great timing that you have the first quarter of your working time without work!! I would love to see people doing that in all their jobs! All of a sudden 95% of the people would actually start on time!! Anyway I don’t want to get sidetracked.. 20 minutes past nine I was at the office. To my astonishment it was completely dark. I wondered if they were on “paro”, on strike like some other public or non-public servants in this beloved country, but no: they simply changed the schedule from morning to afternoon!!!!! This is cruel! Did you ever think of that possibility? I am well aware of the fact that we live in a country of Latin America, I also know that people here no longer work in the telephone connecting booths like they did some decades ago and progress is quick here too. Many things work in the same way as they do in good old Europe. We even have a mayor in our state of Colonia named Dr. Walter Zimmer (a descendant from Tyrol)!

phone girls in ancient times in Colonia

phone girls in ancient times in Colonia

Well but some things definitely are different.

Comments

  1. Here is where all uruguayans should say “welcome to Uruguay”. Some things work great in our country, but some others definitely not. We are still a country of Latin America. :)