Adiós, Eduardo.

“In 1492, the natives discovered they were indians, discovered they lived in America, discovered they were naked, discovered that the Sin existed, discovered they owed allegiance to a King and Kingdom from another world and a God from another sky, and that this God had invented the guilty and the dress, and had sent to be…

Not quite left Uruguay yet

Just when I was about to spend my first week-end in the capital of Argentina… I went back to Montevideo for 2 days. I had been invited to Bruno’s birthday and I had sworn I would to be there to celebrate with him. Uruguay was also hoping to celebrate something else that day: a victory…

Tango – Argentinian… or Uruguayan?

When we hear or see tango, we usually think of it as a popular Argentinian music and dance. But tango is actually as much Uruguayan as it is Argentinian. World’s most famous tango, La Cumparsita, has even been written by the Uruguayan Gerardo Matos Rodríguez. And some more modern tango, from the Argentinian band Tanghetto

Talking about schizophrenia in Colonia

Back in Montevideo. Bruno offered me to stay a full month at his place, amongst others because he was about to celebrate his birthday and invited me to the party. But that meant I needed to stay in Uruguay for another two weeks when I felt like moving on. Though there were still a lot…

Elections week-end in Minas

My last stop before going back to Montevideo was Minas. Not a beach place, for a change. But there was also very little to see. I arrived there with the rain and, therefore, completely wet. But I was directly welcomed by Mariángel, Gonzalo and their 2 year old daughter Bruna to share some mate and…

Learning a few traveler’s lessons

Being in Punta del Diablo, I took the opportunity to go to Cabo Polonio. Did I say Punta del Diablo was a hippy place? Well Cabo Polonio is the next level on the hippy ladder. The former gets slowly invaded by more modern constructions – though mainly houses and fortunately not Punta del Este modern…

Devil and sacrifices

After waving my host goodbye, I was off to Punta del Diablo. More deserted beaches. Though each town or village manages to differentiate itself from the previous one, attracting a different kind of tourist. Punta del Diablo is more on the hippy side. If you go a little bit away from the village center, you’ll…

Something in between

After having gone from one extreme to the other, I figured I could now enjoy something slightly more balanced. Which is exactly what I found in La Paloma. As peaceful as José Ignacio – especially in autumn -, less jet set. La Paloma is rather the beach destination for middle class families. I was welcomed…

From permaculture to jet set

I guess the Piriápolis experience was quite a shock to me, because after that I was in Punta del Este, which is almost exactly the contrary of what a permaculture community is. Beaches, surfers, countless towers of luxury apartments, casinos,… Punta del Este is to Argentinians what Ibiza is to Belgians, French and Germans. With…

Piriápolis – Why am I here again?

So after taking my time to discover Montevideo, I went east to discover the coast line, starting with Piriápolis, a city built by an alchimist called Piria. The city was initially supposed to be called Heliópolis but making fun of the ambitious projects of Piria, people started calling it after him and that is the…

Montevideo – Finding my balance in the Southern hemisphere

What I am most interested in when I’m traveling is meeting people, getting better acquainted with the local habits, the do’s and don’ts. But, of course, the point of traveling is also to see new places. I got to Montevideo after a 31 hours’ journey, going from Madrid to Rome, from Rome to Buenos Aires,…

Como en casa

I guess that, when you’re aborad, and although one shouldn’t do this, you can’t help but to compare with your own country. And there are a few similarities between Uruguay and Belgium. Both are “small” countries trapped between two local giants and their relationships with Argentinians, especially the Porteños (inhabitants of Buenos Aires) can be…