Ola, mi amigos. I just got back from 12 days in Montevideo, Uruguay on a work trip with Jacque Panis, a co-worker of mine. We've been working with a team of very talented web-programmers and artists down there for the past 10 months on an upcoming web-based project. This was my first time to get down there and meet the folks who I've been talking and emailing with and I was excited to do so. Whaddup to the guys and girls at Replayful, whose hard work and dedication to the project is the reason this thing's going to rock. I'll keep the descriptions of each picture short and to the point, cause nobody likes a lengthy description, now do they?
This is a sunset in Montevideo, Uruguay.
This ia a street in downtown Montevideo.
This is one of the rooms in the studio.
View from the studio's balcony.
Another view from the studio's balcony.
These are fish on the ground.
Then and now.
RAD! Go Stallion.
Beachgoesr facing the sun, not the beach.
Shiney things to buy.
Me, Edgar, Stallion, Ally, and Hebert after lunch.
A colorful picture with some blow-up bball hoops.
Big air from a PLANCHEEEE!
Four gentleman enjoying a stroll.
An 18th centure spring loaded Italian pistol. I think. I wanted this pistol.
Seriously, Pepe's the worst!
Me by a lamp in 'Old Town' Montevideo
Meat for every meal. Try it.
Sunset from balcony.
Second story balcony is where the magic happens.
View from my hotel window.
Handball game at the beach. I would enjoy this game and plan to play it next time I'm there.
Knees in the chest, folks. Tight fit.
Historic building in downtown Montevideo.
Some of the TEAM!
So that's me taking a lot of pictures in a country I've never been to. I think it's the right thing to do, when you're in a foreign land. I'm semi-discreet with my picture taking though, and these ones are only a few of the ones I snapped.
And even though working 11-13 hours a day for a week and a half is never what anybody wants to do, I found it easy and fun while being down there. My Espanol grew by about 4 words. I give a mean 'gracias.' I also give a nasty 'ola amigos,' and a pretty strong 'porfavor.' I did a lot of pointing. Pointing to the item i wanted on the menu.
I also did a lot of smiling and thumbs upping. This is not unusual for me, but I really cranked it up while I was down there. People really do communicate with their eyes, though. And while I believe this to be true, I still think that the most common form of communication is using their voices, and the same language. When one person doesn't share the same language as the other, things can go south pretty fast, no matter how much pointing, smiling and thumb upping is involved.
But I tried anyway, and dammit, I loved the country and the people. The whole experience was overwheleming, especially knowing what we were there to build in the first place.