Uruguayan value-added tax refund scheme for foreigners

Now that we’re back in Uruguay for the last few days of our South America trip, I thought I’d share an interesting scheme being used to promote tourism in Uruguay. Apparently, if you dine at a restaurant in Uruguay and you pay with a non-Uruguayan credit or debit card, the value-added tax — which is … Continue reading Uruguayan value-added tax refund scheme for foreigners

Lunchtime protein orgy at the Montevideo Port Market

Earlier today we ventured a short walk from the guest house to the Montevideo Port Market, which has been referred to as “Disneyland for carnivores.” Once inside, we spent perhaps a half-hour walking from stall to stall, watching the masters work their grills and attempting to gauge how happy their customers appeared. The wood smoke … Continue reading Lunchtime protein orgy at the Montevideo Port Market

Regional words and fat Frenchmen

It turns out that Angelina, the venerable tea room on rue de Rivoli in Paris, has an outpost at the Palace of Versailles. Kathryn and I found ourselves there earlier today, enjoying a snack of chocolat chaud africain before finishing our tour of the museum. We were in the tea room all alone — more on why we were alone in a future post — and we had just ordered. As usual, Kathryn let me do the ordering. I think she likes to hear me speak French, even though my French sucks.