Nigiri

While here in Montevideo we are attempting to eat at places we have missed for a long time.  Sushi is one of the things we have missed. So from Konichi-Wa to the mall sushi place we have enjoyed some great food.

Today we went to buy fresh fish and the salmon looked too good to pass up so we bought a kilo. On the way walking back I decided to try to make nigiri. I needed wasabi but had everything else.

Here is my first attempt.

It did not last long. Yum!

Cementerio del Buceo

On our walk down to see Greetingman we passed two cemeteries. The first is the British Cemetery and the second larger one is the Buceo Cemetery.  I could not resist so Joe and I took a walk down just a few of the streets and I was amazed at the unbelievable statues, monuments and crypts.

The cemetery dates back to 1835 and has some striking religious and other artwork.

I was pretty perplexed at some of the statues, like the one above.  Who is this of, the deceased? I just did not get many of the statues and then all the busts, I have never seen a bust of the deceased on his grave.  They sure do it different here in Uruguay.

It is a very impressive cemetery, not something I will soon forget.

Greetingman

If you have followed our adventure for the past few months you will already know how the Uruguayans are into their statues and monuments.  This is way cooler than anything we had seen before.

Greetingman stand 6 meters high unveiled back in 2012.  Its main artist is Yoo Young-ho (South Korean sculptor) and there are a series of these statues, this being the first – the second in South Korea and the third in Panama City, Panama.  The statue depicts a man bowing in a typical Asian greeting.  The color blue means lack of prejudice.

The statue overlooks the water in this Buceo neighborhood.  I am bowing in return to show my respect.He is some huge dude.

Shopping Cart or Like I Call It The Old Lady Cart

montevideo-2-12-34Some days our shopping consists of just a few bags, but those bags can be heavy. Getting a taxi is easy but the supermarket is only 2 blocks from the apartment. So if we can walk it we do. In our walking around town we noticed so many people young and old alike pulling one of these carts behind them while they were walking home.  For $15 we bought this beauty and have used it several times both from the Supermarket and the Sunday Market.

It holds a good amount of packages, is pretty easy to either push or pull and stores well right next to the front door so we will remember to take it when we shop.

Yes, I hear ya, we are officially old.  Bring it on!!!

Fainá – Chickpea Flatbread

montevideo-2-7-28Another wonderful FOOD FIND…Fainá. It is chickpea flatbread prepared here in Uruguay.  We walked across the street to the Tres Fuegos Restaurant for a quiet lunch early one afternoon and ordered Muzzarella and Fainá.  The Fainá is thin, light and delicious. Some restaurants even top their pizza with it.  Not sure if we will try that. But alone it is wonderful. The muzzarella was a type of pizza made with a sweet tomato sauce topped with a ton of mozzarella cheese. FYI pizza does not come automatically with cheese here.

I may have to try the fainá at home….really good.

An Evening in Montevideo Uruguay

We could not figure out what was going on earlier this week. So I took a video and waited until someone on Uruguay Expats on Facebook posted the explanation.

It seems that the Uruguayan President made a speech and if the citizens do not like what he said they take their pots and pans and go out into the street and bang them around.  Then the buses and cars got into the act with horn blowing.  This lasted a good 30 minutes, with more and more folks coming out on their balconies and more and more cars and buses joining in.

Caceroleo – is a form of protest in which the protesters make known their discontent by means of dined noise (typically beating pans ), be it at an agreed time in advance or spontaneously. Demonstrators can participate from their own homes and without the need to concentrate on a particular place, peering at windows and balconies or in the antejardins of houses, and rhythmically brandishing the objects they have at hand (commonly pots, pans and other household utensils; Hence its name), thus being able to reach the protest a high degree of adhesion and participation. Like other types of demonstrations, a cacerolazo can be autoconvocado by a group of people, or responding to the call of a political force or another type of organization , generally against a government or certain governmental decisions or policies, and more Rarely for a cause.  Translated from Wikipedia from Spanish to English.

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