Monday, November 15, 2010
Multicultural Social Network for English Speakers in Uruguay to Celebrate 5th Anniversary
All over the Internet are websites and promotions for travel, investing, high tech telecommuting and retirement in many tropical and exotic places. These websites are designed to create a vision of paradise where life is peaceful, safe and cheap. Some people are so inspired by their visions, they pack their bags and move to their dream paradise sight unseen.
Something different happened 5 five years ago, far away from the USA in Uruguay, a small country hidden in South America, just below Brazil. The small country isn't tropical or exotic, and gated communities are almost unknown, but some call it paradise.
There is not much information about Uruguay available and many have questions: Is it tropical? Is it cheap? Is it safe? How do they handle Real Estate Investments? And many more. Some say it is the San Tropez or the Switzerland of South America. Or that it has the Architecture of Barcelona.
To help answer these and many more questions, a social networking group was formed in November 2005, called, "The Montevideo English Speaking Expat Meeting". On November 21st, the Group will be celebrating it's Fifth Anniversary of meeting for lunch every single Sunday without fail since 2005!
The group was the brainchild of Glen Roberts, who had moved to Uruguay a few months earlier from Costa Rica. He had started the website, TotalUruguay.com just before he moved. However, the website was just that--a website. It lacked the human element ... so Roberts decided to bring out the human side by announcing a time and place for people to meet. The weekly meeting has since grown into a multinational, multicultural social networking event and social support group.
It started with only North Americans, but soon included other English-speaking foreigners, as well as local Uruguayans. The locals attend in order to enhance their English-speaking skills because it is hard to find native speakers to converse with. They also contribute their in-depth knowledge of the area and the rich history of their Uruguayan culture. Today the group is truly international. There is hardly a Sunday that goes by without people from three or four different countries attending. The luncheons are informal social gatherings with no business agenda.
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