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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
First of all, learn some Spanish, preferably Castellano (Castile, Spain) instead of the Mexican version... They will understand YOU, but you may not understand THEM... Many TV shows here are in English with Spanish subtitles... It helps, believe me, especially with grammar.

We have one Canadian couple here and one crusty old Irishman... Those are the only expats we have met in our tiny fishing village of 1,000 souls... This agrees with us PERFECTLY, as we want to assimilate, not hang with expats. I would recommend just chatting the local up - your grocery clerk, the fellow who fills the tank for your car at the Ancap station, the meat man (prime rib is always in the meat locker, seldom out front). We have made friends of a family who own a wine/cheese shop in the town where we buy our groceries... They love to practice their English while we practice our Spanish.

My dentist has just returned from a trip to British Columbia to do a work/study tour on a boat up there. He practices his English with me & I practice my Spanish with him...

We have been so well received & made welcome, I may eventually offer English classes for adults...

My best advice is not to be shy and simply venture "Buen dia" occasionally until you feel more comfortable. Undoubtably, someone will eventually try to engage you in conversation on the bus or at the market. If they speak to fast for you to understand, simply request "mas lentamente, por favor" & they will slow down. I had to retrain my ears to the Castellano, altho I had grown up speaking Tex/Mex and Mexican Spanish.

Just be yourself, be courteous & respectful, smile & the world will open up for you.

Be aware that here we don't say "Adios" but, rather, "Ciao!" Schnitzel is Milanesa here... Germans may have invented it, but the Italians immigrated first, so there ya go... :D

One of the BEST places to meet people is the local futbol matches and/or practices. Uruguayans are rabid futbol fans, and will quickly try to persuade you to root for their favorite teams... ;p (Continue)

Quyn replied most recently with:
Sold! To the lady in Cape Town! Loved this information - the country seems to be designed for us and our values... You lucky people, there already.
biggles0449 replied recently with:
Really glad i found this forum and thread, Ive been looking into relocation to Uruguay and have been searching for somewhere that could tick the boxes, coming from a surf / outdoorsy community in the UK, Punta Del Diablo seems like it could be just the golden nugget :) Will be making trip there in the next couple of months to check things out and see how it all feels, if I like it, expect to be meeting your new neighbour sometime not too far off! Cheers and thanks for the informative read Ben
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Punta del Diablo, Uruguay
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Be open to the people of Uruguay. Trust in the natural goodness of humankind here. Nobody is out to fleece you. Visit the provinces & learn about the country people, not just the city of Montevideo & cities.

Learn passable Spanish before you go. Be able to understand what people are saying to you.

Realize this is not a cheap place to live. Prices are similar to the United States; however, there is much more freedom to be found here. (Continue)

edykizaki replied most recently with:
I used American Airlines and they have a webpage that tells what the overweight limits are and what the charges are. I brought a dog crate and 4 suitcases, three overweight... the lady targeting the most overweight and told me it needed to be lightened, so I pulled out some things and handed them to my "ride" to take home and bring later (which he didn't unfortunately) then charged me for it and let the other two go. Steve came later and brought 4 and he got charged overweight for all of them. The total limit was five, and there was one free, and then a separate charge for each additional luggage and each time one was overweight. I ended up paying about $500 over including the dog which is a $120 charge, but thought it was cheaper than trying to ship the stuff and potentially paying tax too... they did not check my luggage incoming, perhaps too much fuss over the dog... I remember when I was traveling with young children they never checked by luggage either...
A reader replied recently with:
I realize each airline is different, but for your case, what was the cost per extra suitcase that you paid and what was the weight limit? Were seven the maximum allowed or could you have brought 10 or 12, etc. if you were willing to pay?
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