Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
shredded up some Nandu (Earlier post, it's a cousin of the Ostrich) and
added some grilled vegetables, stuffed the peppers with it and topped it
with Parmesan cheese, popped it in the oven. I could barely eat one
half! They were HUGE! And delicious if I might add!
small and almost always European. Cars that you would never see or
hardly see in the USA, such as Peugeot (French) Citroen (French), Fiats
(Italian) and a host of other cars that I can't spell! Oddly enough
many of these cars are made in Brazil. I would have to say that the
most popular car on the road are old Volkswagen Beetles, made in Brazil,
after that the newer Peugeot 206's.
You rarely ever see Japanese cars nor do you ever see big American
SUV's. You can't go to the end of your street in the USA without seeing
a Hummer, here I've never seen one.
There are also lots of old cars held together with duct tape and bailing
wire, I'll try to find a picture of one soon!
Friday, January 25, 2008
So I've been walking to work in them and I think I enjoy the difference.
We just brought home a dozen containers of fresh Uruguayan blueberries, very big and tasty. When they first came out they were very expensive, over $4 per container. Good, but not that good. Now they are only $1 a container and just had some in my cereal this morning, mmmmm.
The peaches are in season too, let me tell you they are just as good, if not better than any peaches you would get in Georgia! And cheap, 29 pesos per kilo (Don't feel like Googling that, but say around $1.40 for 2 lbs).
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Our destination, Mercado de puerto which means Market of the port. It was, past tense, supposed to be a train station but that never panned out, instead it's full of neat small parilla restaurants.
Of course my camera batteries had to die when we got there! It was pretty crowded.
On our way back we heard a the loud whine of a scooter, we jumped and turned around thinking we were going to get run over. As it turns out a two teenagers wiped out on some lose gravel going around a corner and dumped their scooter. The scooter got a flat front tire but they were all right. Good thing here they have helmet laws!
Doc Report readers of the Doc Report will recall that I frequently
mentioned that that there would be bad grammar, misspellings (Although I
run spell check they tend to slip by now and then) and the like. But
since the Doc Report has gone WWW she's pointed out quite a few blunders
Case in point. I mentioned in one post that Jeddah, Saudi Arabia had an
awful dry heat, but also said in the same sentence that it was hot and
humid there. So which was it she asks? Well, it was...hot!
had sent us. The cat food choices here are limited at best, although
fortunately our cats will eat it. Well at the first snap of the can of
Pro Plan our new Uruguayan gatita (Female kitten)"Tawny" came running
for the food dishes, our older expat cat "Cricket" could tell by the
distinctive "snap", this could possibly be "The good stuff". Let me
tell you, you have never heard more grunting sound then when these two
went at the food bowls, the cat food disappeared in less than a minute.
There was some hissing from Cricket as she didn't like the idea of the
new kid getting the good stuff, but it passed.
Oh, on a side note, Tawny's favorite toy is a wine bottle cork. It
keeps her entertained all day and night for that matter!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
watching people turn their heads when we come their way. Why? Because
we're speaking English. Can't hide that here. And when I go to the
store and use what little espanol I know everyone knows that I'm a
"gringo" because of my accent, so that turns heads. It doesn't bother
me, kind of funny actually : )
those great three word names that made neat acronyms and you just
referred to them by that. For instance?
LRB - Little River Band
CDB - Charlie Daniels Band
ARS - Atlanta Rhythm Section
And those that didn't you could just refer to by their last name.
Floyd - Pink Floyd
Skynard - Lynard Skynard
Purple - Deep Purple.
Can't do that with the groups and band these days? I mean, does anybody
really say, hey are you listening to some Taylor (Which Taylor?) or
crank up the Spears!
So whats some of your favorite 3 word bands of the 70's?
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Saudi Arabia would come to South America and find that it's really hot
here, in January!
Saudi had this awful dry heat, hot and humid but you could handle it.
Here the sun just seems to burn right through you!
The consensus is that because Uruguay is below the equator the sun is
more potent, the conspiracy theorists say that there is a hole in the
ozone, or you can believe both.
Both the most rewarding job in my life and yet the most difficult.
The time was 1994-1996, the place, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina (Yes, 2 p's in Parris). If you visit the Drill Instructor school there you will see me in the class picture for DI class 4-94.
The most difficult part of becoming a DI is the school, mentally and physically grueling. Sometimes I can hardly believe what shape I was in back then! It wasn't common to go running in "boots and utes" (Camouflage pants + t-shirt or sweatshirt and boots), M-16 rifle and cartridge belt with 2 full canteens and run 3-5 miles.
If that wasn't enough you would get called out to sing chants, you know "C-130 rolling down the strip yada yada" and all of the other favorites.
With the advent of the internet I have been able to find and contact fellow students of my DI class, a DI class instructor and one of the first DI's I worked with, but none of my Marines.
Attached picture is not me, but pretty typical of what it was like : )
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Just returned from are usual trip to the mercado to pick up the usual staple items. Our refrigerator is a bit smaller than it's USA cousin so we can only get so much.
The prices are generally reasonable, as I had mentioned before the beef prices are by far the best.
As you can imagine the fruits and vegetable that are not South American or grown locally can be priced anywhere from wow, to oh wow!
Other food items can also be quite expensive, case in point. I noticed there was only one type of whipped cream on the shelf, around $7USD. Most likely locally made too!
The peaches and strawberries are in season, mmmmm. Priced cheap!
One vegetable that always makes us laugh is the bell peppers, be it red, green or yellow. They are always HUGE! I took a photo next to a 2 liter bottle of wine to give you an idea how big it is.
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Friday, January 11, 2008
I remember when it only had two dots, and one of those was mine!
Drop a comment and tell me where your from!
Cheers from sunny beautiful Montevideo, Uruguay
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So with New Years day I have started my quest to read through the Bible again, I am at Genesis 37 so as you can see I read a few more than just 3 chapters.
The neat thing is that I pick up more and more things each time I read it and gives me a better understanding overall of my faith.
I'll be posting more blogs in the future and tell everyone where I'm at.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
I would be hooked on your run of the mill sci fi drama I would think
that you were nuts. Confession time. I'm hooked on Heroes as is
Chris. We are nailed to the couch when it comes on. The echo of
"IT'S BACK ON!!!" When one of us is in the kitchen is routinem. Would
like comments from other Heroes fans! My favorite Hero? 'Hiro'
Sunday, January 6, 2008
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Friday, January 4, 2008
"Tawny" our beach cat (Because Chris found her on the beach) is so funny
because although she was stray for who knows how long, she will not even
take a sniff of "human" food, not a bite, not a lick. She'll come
running at the sound of a pouch being opened though! What I don't get
is how a cat that spent who knows how long living on the beach, eating
who knows what, can be so finicky!
there are a few other students (1 or 2) in the class, but this time I
was by myself. She said from the beginning, "No English", and she
proceeded to do just that. Gave me a one hour class in Spanish, in
Espanol! It was surprised I understood as much as I did.
It was mentally draining though! But I liked it!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
free internet t-shirts, be it for filling out a survey, just asking for
one or winning some contest. Does this necessarily make me a geek?
Don't answer that please : )