We were just about to launch our Uruguay travel planning with Guru’Guay consult when the borders closed in 2020. I quickly took it offline, and just as well… Uruguay’s borders were closed for a whole nineteen months. Now earlier this month Jim, a professor from the US, contacted me:
I’ll outline my goals and a structure I think might meet those goals
You comment as much or as little as you find reasonable
I’ll then use my travel agent and email to take care of the rest
Hoping you are willing to join me in this […] I would like to visit Uruguay for about 2 weeks. I used the Guide to plot some travel ideas and some questions. I do not need to visit all of these, and I have no preference or knowledge that guides the order of visits.
I realised it was finally time (yayy!) to relaunch the travel planning consult and Jim and I had a one hour session online last week. This is what he had to say later:
Karen - Your knowledge and conversational style make a wonderful combination. All the ideas you offered for my two week trip to Uruguay and the itinerary you built are superb. Your contributions will make all the difference in my experience. That call with you and your planned itinerary are well worth the price. It has been a very good investment.
Thank you for putting so much creative thought into my trip. – Jim
New build update 🏡 Do you remember last month, I wrote that my family has bought a new build near the airport and that a conversation with a friend from California had prompted me to share the experience in the coming year in a series of videos?
Last week I filmed how construction is coming on. If you’re the kind of person who loves to poke around building sites, this video is especially for you: Building begins!!
The working year finally starts in Uruguay 😅
We’re coming up to the Easter holidays—the last long public holiday before everyone settles down to the working year. Yeah. You just read that correctly #ThesePeopleKnowHowToLive
An annual cycling race, the Vuelta Ciclista, a kind of Tour de France of Uruguay, starts April 8. The saying goes “When the last cyclist crosses the finishing line, the (working) year commences.” #GottaLoveUruguay
Though, Easter isn’t an official holiday in secular Uruguay. Find out why in the article linked below (this is our most read article of any in the eight years we’ve been publishing after it went viral on Reddit a few years ago.)
I hope this message finds you very, very well.
A big hug coming out to you from an autumnal Old City
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