Prat, the famous Chilean Commander of the ship "Esmeralda"
is honored here in Montevideo by the street bearing his name. There is a bust of him at the corner of our street
(Arturo Prat) and the Rambla.
It apparently isn't important that historians aren't even sure if he
set foot on the land here.
seen from our balcony, the construction of a new 8 storey building (with it's team of 26
workers) is very entertaining. In
this image the orange "pipes" are actually empty plastic conduits
which will contain
electrical and communication wires. These will be embedded within the
soon to be poured concrete floor.
Most of the workers sleep and eat "on the job" in special temporary appendages to the construction - many leaving on weekends to travel to their families in the country. Their daily wood-fired Parilla's scent our block with savory aromas.
a further proof to the the vibrant economy, we were delighted to
find a former student and family friend - Shelly Nichols here in the
city setting up a Uruguayan office for her company, Price Waterhouse
Cooper. She had just moved one of their operations from Calcutta to
Montevideo hiring 200 talented and dependable Uruguayan workers.
It was a treat to get together with her, Bettina and Marcelo, who she remembers from Wiscasset school days. Here we are celebrating that reunion at Marcelo's home.
Another example to
illustrate the ironies of a shrinking world, and it's homogenizing
economies, we found at the local market - MAINE LOBSTER !!!
translation "Lobster cooked and frozen from Maine. A special food that you can have for $32 each."
Speaking of entertainment, economy and innovation, I offer this photo from our balcony showing workers "flying a sofa" to it's new 10 floor home. The size of the elevators of the recently built apartment building between us and the famed Palladium hotel (of Graf Spree fame), posed little problem for the guys from the furniture company - two men pulled up on the plastic wrapped couch toward the balcony, while two more on the ground pulled it out from the sides of the building.
In the background can be seen
Tomasa's popular wood fired pizza and faina restaurant .
(faina is a tasty chick pea flour
flatbread often used to make a sandwich from the pizza)