Tag Archives: montevideo

How to grill a chorizo sausage…

23 Mar

I was given a serious lesson on the parilla grill from my new mentor…in Montevideo last Thursday. You can see the sausages racked up behind the smoking char grill. The Morcilla or beef blood sausage slowly sweating away, not unlike myself as the heat in the market was unbelievable and the real fire grill very hot indeed.
Still the large circular sausage was thrown onto the flames and within five minutes of turning, prodding and poking, and then cutting off the required length, I came up with a smile on my face…


Back to the office today in York. So I will keep smiling and take in the Alfajores and some Mate and some knick knacks for the office…Will report back later


Singing on the boat from Montevideo to Buenos Aires

19 Mar

The soundtrack to the closing credits of my day yesterday – on a trip from Buenos Aires to Montevideo across the River Plate – a group of old boys started to sing – after some bottles of wine and created an impromptu performance. Their sound is quite magical…

A Tale of Three Cities…

19 Mar

An early start at the port terminal in Buenos Aires, we were heading over to Montevideo in Uruguay on a three hour fast catamaran. The river is wide as the boat takes 5 hours then there is a two hour bus ride. So we opted for the 6 hour round trip on the catamaran. Dirk, Odette and I were taking a day off. Or so I thought…we pulled out at 8am from a recently awoken city and headed across the Rio de la Plata. The ship is fully enclosed with no deck or chance to go outside so as the windows steamed up we wave adios to Buenos Aires, and handed ourselves over to the the instant coffee, muzak and one toilet for about 200 of us…


The journey was eventful for two reasons – first the wifi enabled me to check my emails and secondly as a result of this I was then psychologically and electronically connected to London, the third city in this story. The Fever Chart, our other show running at the moment is running for a month at Trafalgar studios, Trafalgar Square in the heart of the capital. The reviews have been strong for us and the actors, but less so for the content, which has come as a great surprise to me. So as we sailed across the River Plate a flurry of emails between the good office of Pilot Theatre in York we came up with a plan to mail and to send out a campaign on Twitter. Asking for people who wanted to see the show that night in return for a free ticket would write a review on Twitter for us. We wanted to get the word of mouth ‘on steroids’ in action. So Katherine and Sarah were on the case for this, and meanwhile Bec was in London at a meeting and she has come up with a great e-flyer with ATG and I have posted this on here too. >http://emarketing.atgweb.co.uk/AmMail/thefeverchartreview/>

So what does this all mean? Connection across the world, and an ability to communicate in ways that were unthinkable a couple of years ago. We docked into Montevideo at 11.30 am and after talking ourselves out of the whole day guided tour and stops at craft shop we headed to the Ciudad Vieja – the old city…I now know the way…

If you need to know the way to San Jose – of course here in Montevideo, here is a map link just for you…<http://bit.ly/agL5dd> we headed to the central Square after this…and had a rest and photo opportunity or two

Sitting in the central square looking at the building opposite me it was a real case of a tale of two cities here. The weather was a little overcast following the previous night’s thunderstorm. The building I was looking at is here below…


A certain beauty about the random placement of the air conditioning units, and a real sense that Montevideo was a very different place to Buenos Aires indeed. We headed for some proper coffee and some food and we came across the rather amazing market. An absolute must, with stalls and grills and people eating and drinking, shouting. singing, but above all with such a sense of bonhomie and warmth. The people here in Uruguay spoke the same castellano, although it is slightly softer, and were so welcoming and friendly.

Here is a map link to the market <http://bit.ly/bDNo9g> and the picture is below…

And let’s be honest where else would let me come behind into the kitchen area and cook chorizo on the parilla barbecue? Oh and the xipperones were the best I have ever had in my life. With a spring in our step we headed to the sea…and spent some time thinking and staring out onto the South Atlantic. My mind was focusing on returning home, not just for work of course, as that is something that I have still been doing here, but more back to the UK and to see friends and family. Looking out east to the horizon reminds me of our long walks and trips to the East coast to stare at the North sea. Looking at the horizon empties your trash, deletes all the crap files and refocuses your mind back onto the important things in life again. So here is the horizon of the South Atlantic from Montevideo harbour.


Heading back to the port we saw people working and again reminding me that with all the worries and stresses about our jobs that we think we have it is nothing at all, ever, compared with the what some people do to survive. We can be connected across the world with our fancy phones, but in reality it counts for nothing in the grand scheme of things. Looking after you family and loved ones, making it work, getting through, and keeping going are what keep us alive…


On the boat back, an impromptu singing performance from a group of old boys
on their way home was strangely moving and special. They provided the soundtrack to the closing credits of the day. I recorded one of the songs they sang as the night fell and the sun came down on Montevideo as we headed back to Buenos Aires. I got the show report from London and news from the show here in Argentina and suddenly the world felt very close.The link to the audio is here…<http://boo.fm/b107202>

Back here at the apartment…only to find my flight has gone from confirmed to estimated as the BA strike begins to bite. My time here may be longer than I had planned….


I will let you know



A new dawn over the Rio de la Plata

18 Mar


An early taxi at 6am picked me up and took me to Plaza Italia where we picked up Dirk and Odette. We checked into the port at 7am and we are now heading across the water to Montevideo, on a three hour boat crossing. The dawn over the River Plate following last night’s storm is beautiful. The river is wide…

More later mis amigos