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Another day in Montevideo

Posted by urufish on June 13, 2007

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Today began early for me.   In this new life, I dont usually get out of bed until just before nine.. But today my daughter and I had an appointment with the dentist at 10am..  That meant an 8am shower for me, and pleading and begging and finally, a more than gentle nudge to get my 19 year old functioning. 

During breakfast, our cleaning lady came in (Mon-Wed-Fri), and then a friend called my wife to say they spoke with the Maldonado driver’s license office and we could go to there tomorrow to get our drivers licenses.  I hope to get mine too.   Here’s what an official translation of a driver’s license looks like. 

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Notice the stamp at the bottom.  Without that stamp, the document is not official and no government agency will accept it.  Cost for each document was just over $700, plus the stamp $70, plus IVA 23%.    I’m not sure if that was an opportunistic fee because we needed it done right away.  Perhaps that’s the fee for ‘urgent’ transcripts.  Total fees, just under $2000

The dentist checked out the two of us and sent me for x-rays because I was a new patient.  A full set of dental x-rays cost $500.   The dentist doesn’t charge for the first, exploratory visit.  While at the radiologist, people were talking about the ‘cyclone’ coming on Friday.  Read all about this at http://uruguaydreaming.com/2007/06/13/wind-and-rain/.    Our house sits on top of San Antonio in Piriapolis, in Maldonado which is supposed to get the worst of it.  Tomorrow, on our way to the driver license office, we’ll stop by the house and batten the hatches.  There was some terrible destruction in Piriapolis last time we had a freak windstorm.  No one is looking forward to a repeat performance. 

Looks like tomorrow will be an over-budget day too. 

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