Glitter, confetti, rainbows. This must mean one thing...Lisa Frank!...Just kidding...PRIDE WEEKEND! I was curious what pride would be like in this city of progressive political policies. Uruguay legalized same-sex marriage back in 2013. It is one of the few places in South America that celebrates and embraces sexual differences. I was looking forward to seeing … Continue reading Montevideo has Pride
Before I left the states, one of my biggest selling points for Uruguay was its two main food and beverage industries, beef and wine. I love wine. Bartending and waiting at some of the most well-known fine dining establishments in Nashville gave me a new appreciation for good food and good wine. My pallet became … Continue reading Filgueira Bodega
I wish I could go back to college. Life was so simple back then. What would I give to go back and live In a dorm with a meal plan again. I wish I could go back to college In college you know who you are You sit in the quad and think “oh, my … Continue reading College Throwback
Two of my favorite people in Uruguay have birthdays right next to each other. These gentlemen are basically twins anyway so it is only fitting that they are both libras with birthdays days apart. Happy Birthday, Mike and Brad! Happy Birthday to you! One of the first stories Mike told me was his recognition that … Continue reading #HappyBirthday, Brad and Mike – An Elephant of a Tale
I love hostels. The best part about hostels are the instant friends you make. It is a community in and of itself. The notion of sharing a living space infuses into the residents until you cannot help but make conversation and share new experiences with complete strangers. Ana, Katie, and I were sitting on the … Continue reading James (pronounced Ha-mess)
It is very strange to say that Spring break was last weekend. I mean, it's September! A much appreciated four day weekend inspired a rental car trip to the neighboring beach town of Punta del Este. This is a very posh area of Uruguay where all the celebrities and wealthy families vacation during warmer months. … Continue reading Punta Del Este (Spring Break)
Before I was about to leave for Uruguay, I realized that my Tennessee license was going to expire on my 30th birthday. So my dad and I headed to the Texas DMV to get a new Texas license. Long story short, the process was way more tedious than we thought, AND I would have had … Continue reading She’s Got A License to Drive!
If you are traveling to Montevideo, make sure to check out Facebooks and blogs for information on any fairs (Ferias) that are occurring in the city. There are the weekly ferias that take place along closed streets and in parks. But a few times a month, there are specialty ferias. Two weekends ago Katie, Ana … Continue reading Feria Gastronomica
One of my favorite young adult novels is Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. It is a novel that discusses real issues surrounding Native American reservations and poverty gaps in education. It follows a young man who is desperate to belong to two cultures that don't fully embrace him. Going to English … Continue reading Absolutely True Diary of a UAS Student
One of the fundamental millennial female rituals in the United States is brunching. Restaurants open their garage-door windows on beautiful sunny Sunday afternoons, set their menus with chicken and waffles and eggs Benedict, pre-order extra bottles of champagne and vodka and wait for the hip twenty and thirty something ladies to fly in by the … Continue reading Here’s To the Katies who Brunch.