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This Community will be closed and deleted from Google as of the last week of September 2018. Please copy / paste, to your own files, the text or download any images, which you might want to save of your own posts or those by others.

With the near-irrelevancy of Google+ at this point in time, and the near-nonexistent posting by anyone over the past year (thanks to those brave few who did!), it's clear that it is time to leave this platform.

Thank you for your membership and contributions over the past several years.

Uruguay Expat Life, an information service of Mark Mercer and Lisa Marie Mercer, is still on the internet and other social media, as are our individual posts and commentary.

You can still find older and occassional new article content by Uruguay Expat Life at our main website https://UruguayExpat.Info but we do not host a forum for your public commentary. New articles there are open for comment for approximately 2 weeks after publication, but then are closed, because, internet comments are a hive of spam.

We have a Facebook Page, Uruguay Expat Life, at https://www.facebook.com/UruguayExpatLife which we invite you to like and follow. We somewhat regularly post new items, share articles that are relevant to those asking the question "Is Uruguay for me?", and will post links and introduction info to any of our new or updated articles from our website. Please note that unlike some Facebook Pages, we do not allow you to post on our page, because we do not want to manage a forum for discussion there.

Also, we have an infrequently-updated Twitter, @UruguayForMe, which we encourage you to follow. For those of you who proudly "Don't have a Twitter" you still can read it just as a web page (you don't need a twitter account to read tweets from us, or from anyone.) https://twitter.com/UruguayForMe

For those who do like social media forums about Uruguay living as an expat, we unofficially suggest the Facebook Group "Uruguay Expat Community" - this is NOT sponsored by us, is no official part of our "Uruguay Expat Life & Uruguay For Me site network", unlike the sites and social media we just listed above. However, it is the "nice Uruguay expat group" on Facebook, as compared to the older "not so nice" ones that devolved into cliques, elitism, and nastiness. That said, it is still a Facebook Group, so there's a limit on "nice" because Facebook mindset of sadly too many people. Although Uruguay Expat Life in no way sponsors nor officially recommends that group, your hosts here, Lisa Mercer and Mark Mercer, do participate in it with some regularity, and Lisa is one of the moderators of that group. Mark is just a random guy on the internet in that group.

That Facebook group is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/uruguayexpatcommunity/

One other big difference from here, is that the Uruguay Expat Community Facebook Group is a CLOSED group - you cannot see anything posted in it unless you are already a member, and you have to ask to join it without knowing what goes on inside of it. That's a huge difference from the public, anybody can read, nature of this now-closing Google+ Community. In addition to having to ask to join, the moderators there will require you to answer a few questions about why you want to join, what is your interest in or connection to Uruguay, and will review your Facebook public posting history before approving or not approving you. That is probably something we should have done here on Google+ and we did informally do as of a few months ago, banning from joining the 90% of join requests which were from spammers, scammers, and YouTube "artists" looking to promote irrelevant videos.

Although there are a handful of other good Uruguay expat websites / blogs we still like, including Guru'Guay https://guruguay.com/ (owned by the de facto lead moderator of that Facebook group we just mentioned, and to some extent a promotional vehicle for her guesthouse and books, which are worthwhile), there are absolutely no quality Uruguay web FORUMS anymore on the internet. We in fact launched this Uruguay Expat Life G+ Community as an attempt to create an alternative forum to the decline and off-topic (Bitcoin! Give up Citizenship! Move to Paraguay not Uruguay!) former best-regarded Uruguay forum and the end of another, as well as to the "nasty group" on Facebook. But people have voted with their clicks, and Facebook is the only place still standing of any significance.

So it's "adios amigos" on this platform, but "chau, nos vemos" elsewhere we hope.

|Gracias, hasta luego, que pasa muy lindo!

The Moderators of now-closed-forever Uruguay Expat Life Community on Google.
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Post has attachment
This Community will be closed and deleted from Google as of the last week of September 2018. Please copy / paste, to your own files, the text or download any images, which you might want to save of your own posts or those by others.

With the near-irrelevancy of Google+ at this point in time, and the near-nonexistent posting by anyone over the past year (thanks to those brave few who did!), it's clear that it is time to leave this platform.

Thank you for your membership and contributions over the past several years.

Uruguay Expat Life, an information service of +Mark Mercer and Lisa Marie Mercer, is still on the internet and other social media, as are our individual posts and commentary.

You can still find older and occassional new article content by Uruguay Expat Life at our main website https://UruguayExpat.Info but we do not host a forum for your public commentary. New articles there are open for comment for approximately 2 weeks after publication, but then are closed, because, internet comments are a hive of spam.

We have a Facebook Page, Uruguay Expat Life, at https://www.facebook.com/UruguayExpatLife which we invite you to like and follow. We somewhat regularly post new items, share articles that are relevant to those asking the question "Is Uruguay for me?", and will post links and introduction info to any of our new or updated articles from our website. Please note that unlike some Facebook Pages, we do not allow you to post on our page, because we do not want to manage a forum for discussion there.

Also, we have an infrequently-updated Twitter, @UruguayForMe, which we encourage you to follow. For those of you who proudly "Don't have a Twitter" you still can read it just as a web page (you don't need a twitter account to read tweets from us, or from anyone.) https://twitter.com/UruguayForMe

For those who do like social media forums about Uruguay living as an expat, we unofficially suggest the Facebook Group "Uruguay Expat Community" - this is NOT sponsored by us, is no official part of our "Uruguay Expat Life & Uruguay For Me site network", unlike the sites and social media we just listed above. However, it is the "nice Uruguay expat group" on Facebook, as compared to the older "not so nice" ones that devolved into cliques, elitism, and nastiness. That said, it is still a Facebook Group, so there's a limit on "nice" because Facebook mindset of sadly too many people. Although Uruguay Expat Life in no way sponsors nor officially recommends that group, your hosts here, +Lisa Mercer and Mark Mercer, do participate in it with some regularity, and Lisa is one of the moderators of that group. Mark is just a random guy on the internet in that group.

That Facebook group is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/uruguayexpatcommunity/

One other big difference from here, is that the Uruguay Expat Community Facebook Group is a CLOSED group - you cannot see anything posted in it unless you are already a member, and you have to ask to join it without knowing what goes on inside of it. That's a huge difference from the public, anybody can read, nature of this now-closing Google+ Community. In addition to having to ask to join, the moderators there will require you to answer a few questions about why you want to join, what is your interest in or connection to Uruguay, and will review your Facebook public posting history before approving or not approving you. That is probably something we should have done here on Google+ and we did informally do as of a few months ago, banning from joining the 90% of join requests which were from spammers, scammers, and YouTube "artists" looking to promote irrelevant videos.

Although there are a handful of other good Uruguay expat websites / blogs we still like, including Guru'Guay https://guruguay.com/ (owned by the de facto lead moderator of that Facebook group we just mentioned, and to some extent a promotional vehicle for her guesthouse and books, which are worthwhile), there are absolutely no quality Uruguay web FORUMS anymore on the internet. We in fact launched this Uruguay Expat Life G+ Community as an attempt to create an alternative forum to the decline and off-topic (Bitcoin! Give up Citizenship! Move to Paraguay not Uruguay!) former best-regarded Uruguay forum and the end of another, as well as to the "nasty group" on Facebook. But people have voted with their clicks, and Facebook is the only place still standing of any significance.

So it's "adios amigos" on this platform, but "chau, nos vemos" elsewhere we hope.

|Gracias, hasta luego, que pasa muy lindo!

The Moderators of now-closed-forever Uruguay Expat Life Community on Google.
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Welcome to the several newly approved members. (And lo siento, pero no, to those banned because all they do on their Google profiles is post spam to multiple unrelated groups.)

Please do join in and contribute, talk among yourselves, but specifically on-topic about the experiences and advice on living in Uruguay as an immigrant / expat / long term visitor / someone considering Uruguay.

Fútbol in context of the national spirit, especially during the World Cup, (Vamos Arriba Uruguay), is relevant, because, La Celeste. But this is not a general "Let's talk about football" group, nor a "let's just talk about Uruguay in general" group if it has no relationship to the immigrant / expat experience.

Thanks in advance.

We are, for now, still staying open and welcoming new members. However, you do have to request membership. As Community creator/owner and lead moderator, I've approved a bunch. Thank you for joining! Please do "talk amongst yourselves."

I personally am not doing much in the way of either posting or moderating anymore. Co-owner/mod +Lisa Mercer is no longer active here, and instead is a moderator on the Facebook-based "gentle group", "Uruguay Expat Community". (Not sponsored by us nor any official part of our own Uruguay Expat Life site network, but is where we both are somewhat active.)

However I've also banned several for life from joining, because I do look at everybody's Google+ profile before approving. Given G+ is a little-used platform, a blank profile is not a problem, you'll get it. But if I see a post history of slamming marketing posts, or your YouTube channel links, in many groups, you'll be banned from here and reported to Google as a spam account, so don't try to join. It'll just make it more likely that you will lose your entire Google Account. Zero-tolerance for spammers here. Almost as little for people who only post off-topic, post their unrelated YouTube channel, and of course none for "adult content" in this group.

In that Facebook "gentle group", the owners and moderators now even require people who want to join to answer a 3-question quiz about why they want to join, what is their interest in Uruguay, and provide some background about themselves. I'm hesitant to do that, and if the proportion of spammer-requests to real-people requests stays as bad as it's been, I'm going to revisit the "shut it all down" decision that we reversed a few months ago.

Good morning - we are not yet affiliated with any mutualista. Does anyone know whether Casmu can do a mammogram for persons who are not 'customers' of Casmu? Thank you. I know at Clínica de Imágenes Dres. Parada I can have this done, but the price seems high (some 6.500,00 pesos uruguayos, or $212.00 US dollars). Thank you

Hello, my husband and I are trying to open a BROU account. BROU requires, among other things, "both a W-8 AND a W-9." From what I am reading, we as U.S. citizens would NOT complete a W-8 but WOULD complete a W-9. I welcome thoughts on the matter, and do be assured I am 100% responsible for my decisions (i.e., I won't go blaming anyone!). Thank you.

Hello, greetings! My husband and I arrived in MVD April 23 of this year. Would anyone recommend a mutualista?

Thank you kindly,
Janet

I wanted to pass on a word about an Urugruayo who is selling his house on 3 hectares (7.2 acres) in the campo for $50,000. On old route 8 between Soca and Solis de Mataojo.

Lots of expats express an interest in living in the campo but don't want 6-12 hectares (14-29 acres) because of the difficulty of maintaining that much land. But since one cannot subdivide land to under 5 hectares for each piece, these small parcels, near the coast have a unique added value.

The small chacra is 20-27 kms (24-30 minutes) from the nearest beach towns of La Floresta & Cuchilla Alta.

For most people, the house would likely need work and the land is overgrown including a patch of very tall trees which might provide firewood for years or decades even. They may be worth thousands of dollars.

I can direct you to it if you want to do a drive-by before making contact. I'm not a real estate agent, just trying to help someone I know. The couple is older and want to move into town.

Big news - We're staying open!

In the wake of the absolutely horrific Facebook scandals and ongoing revelations, and the growing #DeleteFacebook movement, +Lisa Mercer and I, your hosts here, are reversing our forum/community closure decision.

Google isn't "pure" but it sure as heck is more transparent about what it does with your data, doesn't lie about it, doesn't refuse to appear before Parliament or Congress, and in exchange, you get all the great Google services. Facebook is far less honest about what they do, and in exchange, all you get is Facebook. Horrible deal.

Please help us out by reporting Spam and abuse whenever you see it. Also, we may be open to adding one or two other moderators, as long as they can prove that they do in fact reside in Uruguay and have a valid cédula, with at least "en trámite" status, and a positive track record of helpful and interesting comments here. Volunteers should send a PM via Google Hangouts to me or Lisa, or if you do have my other contact info from prior contacts, use one of those if you prefer.

We're about to approve the backlog of membership requests that appear to be from legitimate personal profiles. If all you are is a YouTuber promoting your vaguely Latin America-related videos, we will reject/ban you because that's not the purpose of this Community. So do yourself a favor, spare yourself a "Google Demerit" that could end up demonetizing your channel, and don't even try to join. ¿Claro?

Hello all you beef lovers out there!!

Before moving to Uruguay this September we often prepared wonderful BBQs with free-range organic beef available at local healthfood markets, even at Costco (sometimes), in California.

We thought we were moving to the paradise of beef.
Apparently we were wrong.

We have tried what seems like every large market and little butcher shop here in Maldonado/Punta del Este, but cannot find chewable, NON-feedlot, savory, deep-flavored beef we are so longing for!! We've tried cuts for export, even a small local hobby butcher - all to no avail.

Visiting family in Escobar, Argentina, we had some fan-TAS-tic tira de asado, and chorizo de bife (ojo de bife here). We have various theories as to why they much more frequently do good beef in Argentina - but that is not the point of my discussion here.
What I would like to ask is, has anyone found really yummy beef here in Uruguay, and would they share WHERE they get it?
I would be seriously obliged...
Pamela

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