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The Block – W side of Scoseria, Roque Graseras to Tomas Diago

Posted by urufish on June 2, 2007

These photos represent all the houses on the West side of Scoseria, starting at Roque Graseras and ending at Tomas Diago.

From left to right.. the first picture is a little, orphaned apartement building.  Considering it’s neighbour(s) are in good repair, we expect this little fellow to stay lonely for some time.  

The house with the blue moto in front of it is something of a mystery to me.  My wife and I dong agree on what it is.  I am certain is a very boutiquish type of restaurant that only caters to people who are invited.  There’s no name on it.  I suspect the owners live upstairs.  One day we will find out. 

The third picture shows two houses, built originally the same, now finishes slightly differently.  I believe those are domestics waiting outside.  It’s very common for these houses to have live-out ladies.  Years ago, it was more common for them to livein. 

The next 2 houses includes my immediate neighbour.  He’s from Argentina.  He keeps his Argentine plates on his car to save $3K a year in taxes.  These 2 houses are very well kept, stunning inside.  My neighbour is still 2 or maybe 3 months away from completing his restoration but when he’s finished, it will be great.  He put an old fashioned wood burning high efficiency stove in the middle of the house with the chimney pipe going straight up the middle through 2 floors.  Hopefully, he can use it before the winter is over :). 

The last one is ours.  We usually have our cortinas open when the sun is shining.  But today I was on my own and I’m bad about things like that.   Things of interest…  The light poles you see outside were shipped from Toronto.  Made in China.  Good quality, cast aluminum.  Should last a long time.  The house is in the colonial style.  This is the predominant house style in Colonia, a famous tourist area Northwest of Montevideo.   The perimeter fence is new, built this year.  But the bars on the windows and that set of gates you see at the front door are from 1925.  The quality of the iron work is outstanding.  The way the window bars curl at the top is uncommon in Pocitos.  I tried to get someone to make the fence in the same style but they say these skills no longer exist in Uruguay.  You cant see the details in this this photo but there are nearly 50 handpainted tiles that are embedded in the front steps and fence pillars.  The theme is Don Quixote, Man of Lamancha.  Each tile depicts an experience from the book.  There is one other house in Pocitos with a similar theme, but with bigger tiles.  In the spring, we will hire an artist from the Tile Museum (around the corner), to restore the tiles back to their original condition.  Then we will cover each one in glass to keep them in perfect state for many years to come.  Someone told me the other day the place looks a little like the Alamo..  Really???

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Moving to an apto in Pocitos

Posted by urufish on June 2, 2007

 beckysbuilding.jpg  Hopefully, this is the last installment on the apartment.  As you know, we went looking for an apto a few weeks ago.  Found one we liked.  Negotiated our way to the front of the line.  Signed the deal.  Got the keys.  Started to move a couple of days ago. 

The lease is for one year with a one year option.  The rent is $6K a month (that’s pesos folks).  The Gastos Comunes (common expenses) are supposed to be $1200.  That’s just over U$S300/month for a 45m, one bedroom with separate kitchen, laundry area, balcony and a combined living/dining room in a quiet, residential area 2 blocks from the beach.  The hot water tank is included.  You provide everything else, eg. drapes, fixtures, stove/fridge, washing machine and laundry sink.    There was a working phone in the apto which will be kept in the owners name.  We pay the monthly bill. 

For this money you get a 2nd floor apartment in a 35 year old building with  2 elevators and 24 hour portero.  You dont get heat or parking. 

My daughter moves in on Monday.. 

Here are some pictures….

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Solicitud de Residencia Definitiva

Posted by urufish on June 2, 2007

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Well, today marks the beginning of the end of my quest for Uruguayan residency.  Just received the official request to come on down to Misiones 1513 and get it. 

Gonna go Tuesday.  Wish me luck.

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