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

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 … [Read more...]

Uruguay: South America’s best-kept secret?

sailboat-harbour and skyline of Montevideo

 Expats are increasingly attracted to the charms of Montevideo After a decades-long pause, expatriates from rich countries are again arriving in Uruguay. In 2009, for the first time in 44 years, the country saw a positive migration influx, while the number of applicants who got residence permits has tripled in only four years. Although most of the new legal residents come from neighbouring … [Read more...]

Indare – a relic of times long gone

industrial plant indare

Have you ever heard about Indare?? Sure you have not. But did you know that most of Buenos Aires was built on the sand and stones from there? This place lying in the estuary of the river Rosario accommodated in its times 700 worker who lived there with their families. My neighbor for example worked there for almost 40 year, was married and lived there. When you visit this place today you … [Read more...]

Happy mother´s day

natural flower bouquet of hibiscus

I have been  living here in this beautiful country for quite some time. I have wonderful neighbors. Whenever there is a problem, I can ask them. They immediately come and fix it or tell me how I can find a solution who could possibly help,…. So there is a lot of giving on their behalf and a lot of receiving on mine,… As I am Austrian and proud of my heritage I love to make pastries, cakes, … [Read more...]


various butterflies on the beach

Zurzeit haben wir laut Kalender Herbst. Dieser zeichnet sich wie schon früher erwähnt dadurch aus, dass alles nach der Sommerpause wieder zu sprießen beginnt. Dazu gehört auch, dass es wieder eine Unzahl an Schmetterlingen gibt, die die gesamte Landschaft noch malerischer machen! Höchst erfreulich sag ich Euch!  Nur: heute fuhr ich von Montevideo nach Hause und auf der Autobahn konnte ich … [Read more...]

Oops – the police……

police car in Uruguay

The other day I went out with friends in Colonia. We spent a very nice evening, had a loooot to chatter about, too much food, some (!) wine, and most of all a lot of fun! Now that I at least know some people it´s a lot of fun to talk about them, talk about politics and all the topics you do love to talk about on an evening where nothing is on the agenda. As I do not live in Colonia I am not … [Read more...]