Technically a re-launch, because we launched AtlantidaExpats.com last August as a gift to the informal but fairly big “Atlántida English Speakers” get-together. They’d been talking for years about wanting a website, so one day before one of the lunches I spent a couple of hours and whipped one up for them, offering it to them for free.
After all the “we want a website, somebody might do one” for years, when I presented it to them, the person who handles communications said “I don’t have time”. Then I asked again, that time in an email. Ignored. So, after a couple of months wasted re-copying their Gmail-sent newsletter out of the goodness of my heart while redacting overly private info in it, I gave up on the idea. Clearly, they really did not want a website, and clearly, I’m getting too old for this “stuff” of doing things for people who don’t appreciate it!
¡Hola fans of the home location of Uruguay Expat Life / Uruguay For Me, charming Atlántida on the Costa de Oro of Uruguay! We now have launched our Atlántida hotel listing site AtlantidaHotel.com.
We’ve listed the websites and some descriptions of the leading hotels in Atlàntida, Uruguay. Also are some hotels near Atlántida but not in it, with a caveat that many web searches and some paid listings often return hotels not in Atlántida, if you search for Atlántida Uruguay Hotels. Yes, there’s a big “This Domain For Sale” notice, more on that below, but we also loaded it with solid current info about local hotels. Complete with brief descriptions and location info, links to their websites, and if they have them, links to their Google+ Pages.
Because we are hard-hitting, honest, opinionated folks here at Uruguay Expat Life, we even noted that warning for a hotel that is a client of our affiliated web and social media business, Southern Cross Web and Social Marketing. We like our client’s hotel in Parque del Plata, but it’s not an Atlántida hotel. It is an Atlántida-area hotel. There’s a difference. Continue reading »
I thought it about time to clarify and codify what we’re about here at Uruguay Expat Life. Here is a list of our key points, values, perspectives.
1. The name really should be Uruguay Immigrant Life. Expat shows up better in search so we went with that. But we immigrated to here, we do not think we’re here from somewhere else that is “really home”. We’re about the experience of moving to Uruguay because we want to live here, permanently, to identify as now being in Uruguay as home. Not to identify primarily as being an expatriate from somewhere else.
2. We’re almost certainly the wrong site for you if you’re on an “expat assignment”, a “temporary secondment” to Uruguay, or are a “trailing spouse”. Perhaps you should visit I Was an Expat Wife for that sort of general “expat in a strange land” perspective. Seriously, that’s a great site for what it is, its author is very self aware, and a good writer. We don’t have young children, and if we did we would be looking at giving them the advantage of native education in a dynamic growing Spanish-native culture in a school system where everyone gets a free laptop, rather than looking for “The English School”.
3. We are about coming here to live, not coming here to visit. Thus we’re not primarily writing travel articles. Those we do write here are for people visiting Uruguay as part of trying it out or considering it as their new home, not just passing through. Though hopefully some of our articles make you consider Uruguay as a vacation destination. Who knows what might happen to you next!
4. We do have some overlap with the “slow travel” and “immersion travel” market, Continue reading »
A follower of our Uruguay Expat Life page on Facebook asked me to comment on this Global Post article 8 reasons Uruguay’s not all that; as a counterpoint to the Buzzfeed 21 reasons to move to Uruguay one that went viral last month.
Other than that he was kind of setting up the strawman fallacy, with that “in light of the Buzzfeed”, because I never said I really liked that Buzzfeed. I don’t. The Buzzfeed piece was a snarky silly goof article on unimportant stuff, because, Buzzfeed. I made fun of it at the time in various places, on some networks shared it much like a “Mujica smoking out in sandals” goof. Lisa and I shared it, but for fun. The articles shared about ratings on peace, freedom, economic stability, the Economist country of the year, the Economist’s good but not top level rank on countries likely to have protests – sure, serious discussions. But that Buzzfeed 21 reasons most involving pot, sandals, and what’s ol’ Tio Pepe growing out on his flower farm? But this Global post article is nearly as bogus non-serious as that. Or if the author of it, currently living in Uruguay, is, I have to say, “Surely you can’t be serious” about some of his complaint. Not all, but, the Post Office lines? Using this picture as argument?
I actually agree with much of this Global Post piece. But it, itself, is also a bit of a strawman fallacy. Which is why I don’t like all of it, but it’s a good “Whiny part-BS article” counterpoint to “Silly part-BS article”. Continue reading »
Happy New Year! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
Thank you for this great year of excellent community, nearly 4000 viewers each week just of our website, and the very successful launch of the Uruguay Expat Life Community at Google’s interactive platform – join in at is.gd/UYcommunity
Lots of plans for the New Year. We intend to re-purpose AtlantidaExpats.com (and its alt-URL AtlantidaExpat.com) as an information vehicle and advertising opportunity for our local/regional Costo de Oro businesses. We made a free “internet gift culture” offer of use and editorial control of it to the existing unofficial “Atlántida English Speakers” newsletter and bi-monthly “expat meeting” but it was refused by them. Now, onto new opportunities for it, including ways to promote our friends and neighbors at local, Uruguayan-owned businesses, to the English-speaking expat community of our region.
We are the owners of the valuable domain names AtlantidaHotel.com, CostaDeOroHotels.com, SouthernConeHotel.com, and SouthernConeHotels.com domain names, along with a portfolio of other names. We will be either creating hotel directories and advertising opportunities for our local hospitality businesses, or selling these domains for the opportunity they provide to some smart hoteliers, or a mix of the two approaches. Email domains-at-southerncrossweb-dot-com to make an offer for any of these names, or contact our related web and social marketing operation via the contact form at southerncrossweb.com.
We will be launching UruguayFor.Me as a separate site, with lots of detailed information and links to services you need, and will have advertising and featured-post opportunities available there too! Bookmark it now; it will bring you back here to Uruguay Expat Life until Uruguay For Me is live.
Reblogging this to our Uruguay Expat Life site from my personal Author Hub blog, Falling Off the Hemisphere. This will fit, somewhere, in my forthcoming book of the same title. Which is, for your info, highly political and opinionated, more so than what I normally post here or at our other sites within our Uruguay Expat Life / Uruguay For Me site network. But you can’t really discuss reasons for feeling more or less at home, reasons for expatriation/immigration, reasons why a place once visited becomes a place called “home”, without touching on the politico-economic issues of the Global North and the emerging Global South.
Here’s a snippet, with the rest at the link: http://www.fallingoffthehemisphere.com/2013/09/uruguay-feels-like-home/
When you come to Uruguay, it seems foreign. More so than the busy place from which you arrive here.
Welcome to Colonia and Glorious Uruguayan Progress, Compañeros!
Most English-speaking visitors get their first taste of my new country from a day-trip by ferry out of Buenos Aires, that chaotic, dirty, noisy, uproarious, wonderfully gigantic capital of tango and drama.
As such, the quiet cobblestone streets, the Portuguese colonization ruins, even the Deco-like naked female muse of a mural on the main street of the new part of Colonia del Sacramento, feel like stepping into “the real South America”, some gringo daydream of “the other”. The pervasive smell of the wood fires, from richly pungent woods like eucalyptus and “leña colorada”, burning year-round for both cooking and heating, making it “smell like Uruguay”, as a uruguaya friend of my family once said.
But that’s judging the USA by Plimouth Plantation or Colonial Williamsburg, sans period-costume actors doing “recreations”…
Continue reading at FallingOffTheHemisphere.com.
As promised, for “this month” and last week for “next week”, it’s live! Still about 10 minutes left in this week, and left in August 2013, here in now-springlike Uruguay!
Come visit and join in the Uruguay Expat Life Community on Google+ , which you almost certainly already are a member of , even if you don’t use it! Have a Gmail address? Use YouTube with a login name? Use Google Calendar? Have an Android smartphone or tablet? You already have a Google Account – which is all you need!
Don’t have one yet? It takes only about 2 minutes, and you can tie your Google Account to an existing non-Gmail email address if you prefer. They’ll give you a Gmail address as part of the signup, but you never have to use it.
Come visit your place for talking about Uruguay Expat Life, Uruguay immigration and residency, Uruguayan Culture, Uruguay economy and cost of living, and more! You get to start your own discussions, and interact with each other without having to go through us!
It’s live right now!
Every August 24, Uruguay celebrates the Night of Nostalgia. Filled with dancing and lots of “American Oldies”. No, I have no idea why! Other than it’s the night before our National Independence Day. (Well, before one of them. Uruguayan independence was a bit tricky…) So hey, party!