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Morell replied to the thread 10 Days in Uruguay on the Uruguay forum on July 18, 2014:
DONSCHALL1 initially posted:
I am making my first visit to Uruguay, arriving by "ferry" from Argentina on Sept. 18th. I want to explore how expats live there, the opportunities to extend my California architectural practice; but most of all to get a good sample of the flavor of the country. What itinerary might you suggest for my exploration?
Morell replied on July 18, 2014 with:
Since no one has replied i will give my limited view on your question. Colonia and surrounding small towns are worth seeing then on to Montevideo. I wouldn't live there but I don't like any city. Then head towards Atlantida and see the small towns all the way to Piriapolis and then Punta del Este. Most are quite small and very quiet this time of year as most are summer vacation spots with few year round residents. The bigger ones are Salinas, Atlantida and Parque del Plata. You can continue along the coast to La Paloma and Rocha which will be almost deserted this time of year or head inland to some of the bigger towns like Durazno and Tacuarembo although you will not find many expats up there and from my visits are just working towns with no special attractions for tourists. Most folk live in Mvd so I would expect most opportunities would be there.
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CanadianReid replied to the thread Renting in Uruguay on the Uruguay forum on July 18, 2014:
CanadianReid initially posted:
Hi there, We are a Canadian couple looking to move to Uruguay in November of this year and are wondering if anyone can help us find an apartment to rent? Where should we be looking because we are not finding many sites online? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful day, The Canadian Reids
CanadianReid replied on July 18, 2014 with:
Thank you all so much for the information. We will be sure to look for an apartment that has appliances :-). We are getting very excited about our move. Take care
Morell replied on July 18, 2014 with:
I found prices here confusing as well. If you see U$S 900 then it is in US dollars if it is $900 then pesos. Depending on how long you plan to stay, the deposit will be up to 5 months as well as paying one month to the realtor. You may also have to provide all the appliances including hot water tank and some form of heat.
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BetoSecundo replied to the thread Black Man And Family Looking To Move From USA To Uruguay on the Uruguay forum:
tmpauling initially posted:
I am looking to expatriate to Uruguay sometime in the future. I would like to understand the culture down there with regards to how blacks are treated. What are the best cities with a larger population of black people? Also, is racism a problem down there? I would really like to hear from black people or intelligent non blacks. Also, I would like to know what is your opinion overall of Uruguay culture? What would you consider to be the good and the bad? How easy and expensive was it to become a dual citizen? All respectful comments will be appreciated. Thanks
BetoSecundo replied on July 17, 2014 with:
Identifying yourself by your race itself signifies racism. Asking about the possibilities of a Black man having sex with a White woman is less than appropriate. You'd be better off going to Brazil where you will fit in, as you'll physically blend in.
freddh replied on July 24, 2013 with:
Thanks for your very insightful post. It will not deter this family from continuing with our plans to move to Uruguay.
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novalin replied to the thread Job opportunities in Uruguay on the Uruguay forum on July 17, 2014:
novalin initially posted:
Hi - I am considering a move to Uruguay, but am not sure if job opportunities exist that fit my skill set and experience. I have worked in technology (video games and websites) for a little over 10 years as a game designer and producer (project manager). My preference is being in or near Montevideo. Also, I should mention my Spanish is rather limited (and it's been a long time) however I plan to learn again prior to my departure and while abroad. Thanks in advance.
novalin replied on July 17, 2014 with:
Thank you for the information thus far and the link. There is a chance my company would approve a remote work situation for me, though maybe only short term, which would be OK as well.
Morell replied on July 17, 2014 with:
Could you work from where you are now online? This is the job section of the main newspaper here. http://trabajo.gallito.com.uy/
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Morell replied to the thread real estate dealer / agent on the Uruguay forum on July 17, 2014:
serhat initially posted:
Hi Everybody, Can anyone recommend me real estate dealer(s) located in the south/sothwest region of Uruguay between Colonia and Montevideo. Mainly close to coastal area... I wish to contact any agent / private person face to face in August. and visit some suburban / close to city opportunities, see and get the cost of them to understand level of estates. Thanks, Serhat
Morell replied on July 17, 2014 with:
I don't know anyone out that way but to get a bit of a feel for prices etc. you can search for inmobiliaria Colonia Uruguay and you will find some listings. The companies that do list online tend to have more upscale properties, are more likely to speak English and more likely to have had overseas buyers before. Some may even answer an email! Depending on your timeframe, you may be able to line up some appointments before arriving as things can move slowly here. When we were looking, many realtors only had a very small list of properties and it took several days to line up a visit to them as owners here do not leave the house if they live in it and are usually the ones to show you around. If it is empty or rented then more time is needed to organize a visit. Once you get here then you can visit the smaller realtors who do not have a website and see what they can show you. Many properties are listed by several realtors at once with different prices and some are not really for sale, the owner just wants to find out the market value. Others are tied up with inheritance issues, BPS payments, the plans are not regularized or some other problem. Be sure to have your own escribano different to the sellers to check into things. Closing costs are about 10% of the selling price to the buyer.
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pjantares replied to the thread Anybody looking for a roommate?! on the Uruguay forum on July 15, 2014:
DuyVuitton initially posted:
Hi, I have plans to come down to Uruguay in Mid-November. I will be staying in MVD for the first week and will spend the first week looking for an apartment to rent in the area. I thought I would check here to see if there's anybody in need of a roommate to share expenses with to alleviate costs. One of my first priorities would be to activate my cellphone also. I have an unlocked iPhone 5, can I assume that it will work upon replacing the sim card w/ something local there? Also, would I have any issues obtaining service from say an Antel even though I haven't started the residency paperwork process yet? Thanks in advance, Duy (Dewey) Vu
pjantares replied on July 15, 2014 with:
It's more because of poor pay and few have any technical background. They cannot fix what they don't understand nor inclined to find solutions. Get your prepaid, check that it works as promised before you leave the office.
DuyVuitton replied on July 15, 2014 with:
Thank you for your wonderful insight pjantares. Sounds kind of similar to what goes on here in the states (people getting ripped off by the big companies). I will probably go the pre-paid route as you guys have suggested.
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DONSCHALL1 replied to the thread Any Information Please on the Uruguay forum:
ccinus initially posted:
Hi Im thinking about moving to Uruguay. Any Information that can help will be appreciated....
DONSCHALL1 replied on July 11, 2014 with:
Good Advice! Will do..
Morell replied on July 11, 2014 with:
You need to be more specific about what you need to know. There is a lot of info online if you search, it does not need to be repeated over and over again. When you have actual questions someone may be able to help.
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Morell replied to the thread Business and Pleasure on the Uruguay forum on July 11, 2014:
DONSCHALL1 initially posted:
I will be making my first visit to Uruguay in mid-September, both to see how Ex-Pats live there and also what the possibilities for "architectural exchange" are. I am a senior Architect with my own office in California with a strong interest in modern design and technology. Any tips/contacts/referrals would be appreciated. My website is www.donschallock.com.
Morell replied on July 11, 2014 with:
You shouldn't have any trouble locating an architect as I have read Uruguay has the highest proportion of architects to population in the world. Every year 30 to 50 graduate from the Facultad de Arquitectora but many cannot find employment related to their studies.
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Morell replied to the thread new law in US July 1st 2014 on the Uruguay forum:
kimkensok initially posted:
I've read that this law will impact expats' banking. I don't mind paying Uruguay taxes, but I've alrady been taxed on the money I'll be swifting. Supposedly foreign banks will have to report to the US IRS if an expat has over 50k in their bank...a bunch of paperwork for them! Will BBVA report back? Costa Rica had some banks who wouldn't work with the US. The IRS is trying to stop offshore caches....
Morell replied on July 09, 2014 with:
I doubt you could open an account from afar. We had to show a local utility bill as evidence we lived here plus they wanted a current bank customer here to vouch for us. We also needed a reference letter from our current bank up north and copies of our passport. There are not many banks here that will deal with US customers.
janaw replied on July 08, 2014 with:
Can a U.S. citizen open a bank account in U without going to U? I am hoping to visit there. Keeping some assets out of the US seems a wise thing to do. janaw
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janaw replied to the thread Mercedes and Salto on the Uruguay forum:
JoeyThompson initially posted:
Can anyone tell me about Mercedes and/or Salto? Weather, cost of living, work opportunities, River activities, etc...
janaw replied most recently with:
emirigo...you are very practical about this advise....learn to read Spanish first... My daughter is a tutor for Spanish or/and English, and does live translation work. A tutor is very helpful ...particularly one with teaching abilities. If one can afford a tutor, it may be a faster track... and yet the computer is very good this way as well.
emirigo replied most recently with:
I don't want to be rude, but the only way of finding a lots of REAL and USEFUL info about places like Mercedes (and most of Uruguay other than Montevideo, Punta del Este and the like) is reading in Spanish. Anyway, if you think of moving to a small city in Uruguay you really should begin by learn Spanish, except you are fine with spending several months before having meaningful interaction with the people around you. So, I would first focus on the language and then would make the search. Then you'll find the rigth info quite easily and will really understand the choices you have. And when you are able to read a website in Spanish your are sort of half way from having a conversation in that language. So it seems the right approach to me. And once you are able to read Spanish, you'
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