The Moving Process In Montevideo Continues

After recieving the key to the apartment Monday and electricity on Tuesday1 I have begun the process of moving into the apartment. Given the short distance and light weight of the things to be moved, none of my things are enaging in the whole fletes business. Instead I've been spending my time waiting for the big things to arrive. Small things I've just been walking over at my leisure.

The sleeping surface arrived near the halftime mark of its six hour delivery window. I went to Divino on Tuesday where I found a "sofa cama" whose feel approximates the sweet yet firm hostel mattress. I picked the nearest delivery window which was two days out, paid and it arrived as promised.

Meanwhile all of the locals and even some of the immigrants keep recommending "Mercado Libre", a sort of Argentine Amazon, as the place to shop for everything. How a purchase on Mercado Libre works is:

  1. You search for whatever you are looking for
  2. You keep searching for that thing except from a seller willing to identify themselves as other than "Mercado Libre Platinum Seller"
  3. You have to ask the seller if they actually have the item advertised as "in stock" in their stock before you begin the process of buying. Naturally at this stage all of the questions about whether the item is in stock go into the public section of the listing for questions about the item. This of course buries any questions and answers about the actual item.
  4. Should you make it this far you will discover despite numerous payment options advertised the only one that can actually be made to work is… printing out an invoice and taking it to the Abitab to stand in line and pay it…
  5. You put on your pants, go for a walk, and reflect on the failure to replicate Northern online commerce while you visit actual stores and talk to people.
  6. You use the prices mystery vendors posted for items on Mercado Libre for leverage with sales people to mixed results.

Spending time in the apartment has yeilded far more pleasant surprises than unpleasant ones. The floor I though was wood looking appears to be wood. The shelf next to the bidet and within arms reach of the toilet is a good place to stash more toilet paper. Peeling off the outlet covers revealed the walls are concrete, and with a north facing balcony the winter sun provides substantial daytime heat while the whole place is surprisingly well insulated by North and South American standards. With a second sleepable surface this habitation module should provide servicable accomodation for the next visitor to the Space Station.

I still need to find and install a 20-30 liter water heater in the designated cabinet while anchoring it to the wall,2 but I still have the hostel bathrooms until July 1st. The Cowork where I rent a desk still has the bathroom with the first hot shower I used in Uruguay.

Life goes on, the Uruguayos and their rituals still piss me off, but it bothers me less than it did in the February through May stretch.


  1. Fiber internet to come la semana que viene… This is the painful wait preventing a substantial increase in the productive number of hours per day.  

  2. Probably a ~170 USD expenditure being delayed while I read manuals and contemplate what the best anchor is in light of the medium density fiberboard sitting in front of the concrete.  

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