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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Punta del Diablo, Uruguay on October 28, 2014 19:10
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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 on October 28, 2014 14:10 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 on March 10, 2014 10:03 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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carlitos posted Help available on the Uruguay forum on October 28, 2014:
Hello All, In the past month I had the opportunity to help a couple (Bill and Ruth) that came from Florida to research for a possible retirement place. A few days ago, I helped another man (Daniel) from Florida looking for a place to buy, also to retire. There are a few other expats living here who from time to time use my Spanish (and Portuguese) skills to sort things out. All the people mentioned above are willing to provide references about my work and integrity. I can help you with my native Spanish and Portuguese. I have a degree in IT from the British Computing Society and studied business administration, accounting and Brazilian laws in the Broward Community College and in the Brazilian Catholic University (PUC). And I have experience in several different fields from building and fixing buildings to customer service going through many other fields. I love to help people, so I thought may be you need someone to translate for you in person or on the phone, if this is your case, drop me line and I can send you an estimate. Thank you, Carlos
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Pancho replied to the thread Opening a bank account in Colonia on the Uruguay forum:
JerryinBA initially posted:
I will be in Colonia, later this month.In order to open an account with BROU, should I make an appointment so that I will be able to speak with an English speaking representative The amount of money will be fairly large and I believe that I have all the required documentation.
Pancho replied on October 27, 2014 with:
Something I forgot. Not all banks willallow you to open a bank account as US citizen, they want avoid troubles. Banco República willbut it will take some time until you get the approval of the legal department. Ehat I also forgot. They ask for a couple of IRS statements.
Pancho replied on October 27, 2014 with:
Yes they will, but you will have tofulfill their requirements. As US citizen you wil have to signe the form allowing IRS asking about your account, you will have to present bank references with average movements per month plus 3 to 6 months of bank acoount movements and maybe some things more.
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cjamesgo replied to the thread airport taxi prices on the Uruguay forum on October 26, 2014:
cjamesgo initially posted:
can anyone tell me a cheaper way to get to my hotel --i am told taxi will run 50 u s ---will arrive at 1200 midnite---thanks james
cjamesgo replied on October 26, 2014 with:
thanks to both of you for your help. james
carlitos replied on October 26, 2014 with:
departures are up stairs. How much a black and white or black and yellow cab will charge at that time from the airport to 3x?
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lschulze 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
lschulze replied on October 25, 2014 with:
You appear supercilious and patronizing, with a huge chip on your shoulder. uruguay is a wonderful country, but no country would want someone with your attitude and that of your cousins and brothers. Go somewhere else or better yet stay in the US where they put up with your arrogant self.
kimbo47 replied on October 24, 2014 with:
Beto very well put but I disagree with you. Brazil would not want this kind in their country! I have many Brazilians friends and if he ever expressed himself like that about their women in front of a Brazilian man he would as a minimum lose all his front teeth. Why I'm I not seeing everyone give this guy's insulting post a THUMBS DOWN??????? COME ON PEOPLE. We should not let anyone get away with these embarrassing and insulting posts or even allow them to post in this forum. Its an insult to each one of us. Please report as abusive!
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pjantares replied to the thread SAFE AND INEXPENSIVE HOTELS IN MONTEVIDEO on the Uruguay forum on October 24, 2014:
kimbo47 initially posted:
Can anyone provide names of safe and inexpensive hotels centrally located in Montevideo? Suitable bed and breakfast business would also be OK if recommended. I will be in Montevideo around November or December of this year.
pjantares replied on October 24, 2014 with:
http: // www dot booking.com/hotel/uy/london-palace dot html
kimbo47 replied on October 24, 2014 with:
THANKS! aNY IDEA OF COST?
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kimbo47 replied to the thread So many questions on Uruguay on the Uruguay forum:
Spades initially posted:
Hello, am 20 years old and seriously thinking of moving to Uruguay from the U.S in the next few years to start over my life. i have many things i would like to know. 1. How much would money ideal for me to start over, am thinking 3000 U.S dollars or do i need more? right now i have 0 dollars in my bank account 2. Is it ok to come in with a tourist visa and one way ticket, or two way ticket? 3. Jobs.... even if i do come with a tourist visa how can i get a job? 4. Apartments.... read you need to make deposits for the apartment. Am looking for very small apartment for myself, nothing luxurious. How much will it cost? 5. Any information in regards to residency and citizenship. Such as going in with tourist visa and changing status and the cost of it. 6. Any other info i missed that i need My apologize if this any has been answered already. Thanks for your help. P.S i don't Spanish but i plan to learn
kimbo47 replied on October 24, 2014 with:
what is a shard apartment? How much does it cost?
Pancho replied on July 28, 2014 with:
Hi, both pstings of morell and AmericanoinUr have things correct and things which are not. Yopu can start working with your tourist visa right upon your arrival. This visa can be extended once for three more months.It is expected that ion the meantime you apply for residency. You will be taxed as all other people in Uruguay with the only diference that until you do not have your cédula (local ID), you are not covered by the local health insurance as local workers and all SS discounts will not be credited on your name. My Son works at a callcenter in Zonamerica and earns about USD 800 a month. This would not be enough to live on his own and alone. Sharing an apartment could be a possibility for him. Nevefrtheless it would be a big change for him to do so, as he would have to resign a number of amenities with that income. Electricity, phone and internet in Uruguay is not cheap. If you thought about a car forget it, they are very expensive and petrol comparing to US too. Pancho
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kimbo47 replied to the thread Opening. Bank account in Uruguay on the Uruguay forum:
HunterBourne initially posted:
I have recently moved from the US to BuenosAires. I've been warned not to open a bank account in Argentina for obvious reasons. Will I be able to take the ferry over to Montevideo and open an account to transfer my US dollars? I heard it's been getting more difficult and I might even have to open a Post office box? Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance,
kimbo47 replied on October 24, 2014 with:
Can you verify if BROU still does please?
kimbo47 replied on October 24, 2014 with:
Carlitos, the bank is not accepting Cuentas a distancia at present. Good reference Link.
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cjamesgo posted cheap hotel near mvd airport on the Uruguay forum on October 24, 2014:
is there a mid price hotel by mvd airport---anyone have a choice--thanks james
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cjamesgo replied to the thread Want To Meet Expats on the Uruguay forum on October 24, 2014:
libgroupreno initially posted:
My wife and I are retired and considering a move to Colonia, Atlantida or Piriopolis. We'll be in Colonia 12/8-10, and Montevideo (where we'll rent a car to get to the other locations) 12/10-14. We'd welcome a chance to learn about any english speaking communities in any of these places, or to share a drink with native english-speaking expats, preferably retired, who can fill us in on their lives in Uruguay Will anyone offer us either of these opportunities?
cjamesgo replied on October 24, 2014 with:
that sounds great--thanks james
cjamesgo replied on October 24, 2014 with:
that sounds great--thanks james
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