About Nancy Levin

We are Nancy & Joe Levin. We moved from the Atlanta Area to Dolega, Panama back in August 2006. After spending almost 3 1/2 years there we longed for the beach and moved to Ecuador March 2010. On January 20, 2017 we made our next adventure move to Uruguay. After spending 1 1/2 years in Uruguay we headed back to San Clemente, Ecuador. This is truly our South American Adventure.

Myeong Ga Korean Restaurant in Montevideo

One of the great finds on our trip to Montevideo was the Myeong Ga Korean Restaurant near Plaza Independencia in old town. We have had few opportunities to try Korean cooking and this was a fabulous restaurant to cut our teeth on.

The menu was filled with dishes from soups to beautiful meat dishes that several could be made vegan if that is your thing.  We had a wonderful super spicy beef soup and a chicken, vegetable and noodle dish that we shared. You can order almost everything from not too hot, pretty hot to scorch your mouth hot. We also ordered the steamed dumplings and were so surprised to see 7 or 8 additional tapas style dishes served.  When you look at the pictures it looks like the food was ordered for 6 people and it was just Joe and I.  What a feast!

The side dishes included eggplant, kim chi, a lovely egg dish, cucumber salad as well as cooked peanuts and, a few more I can’t remember. All served with a hot barley tea, also something we have never had before.

We are looking forward to another trip to Montevideo just so we can have lunch or dinner at Myeong Ga.

Bar Facal and The Locks Fountain

Bar Facal was founded in 1882 in downtown Montevideo. We stopped there one morning for a quick breakfast on one of our outings.  This the Italian Cappuccino and was served with churros.On the sidewalk outside the bar near to the fountain, is a full sized bronze statue of Carlos Gardel, a French composer, singer/songwriter and actor and the most prominent figure in the history of tango.

The Locks Fountain is located at the corner and was an amazing site.  Couples take a padlock, marked with their initials and lock it to the fountain. They say if you do this you will stay together and come back to visit the fountain.

Starbucks First Store in Uruguay

Starbucks Coffee opened their first Uruguay store in Montevideo Shopping in April of this year.

We happened to walk by and saw this incredible line out the doors waiting for a cup of coffee.  Good luck, the last time I was caught waiting in line was at Disney World in the 90’s.  Never again.

Uruguay Playing in the World Cup

It is big deal for Uruguay to be playing in the World Cup again. For such a small country of less than 3.5 million people they have qualified and participated in 12 of the 20 World Cups. They won twice and came in 4th on three different occasions the last in 2010.  Again, this is a huge accomplishment from a country with a population of under 3.5 million people.

Everyone in this country is excited about qualifying again for this years World Cup. It is being held in Russia in a few short weeks.

While Joe and I were out shopping we took the opportunity to get in the spirit.

Rudy Burger

I know I wrote about Rudy Burger back last year when we were living in Montevideo. And I told you it was the best burger we have ever had, well it still is the best burger we have ever had.  Once again we stopped and had to try it. And once again it was excellent.Very attentive staff with fast service. Food excellent, can’t think of one thing that was not perfect. Only wish they had a location here in Atlantida. Simple food done well.

Micro Brewed Beer at Agricola Mercado, Montevideo

We spent most of last week in Montevideo, a bit of time for business but mostly for personal. After spending three months there back in early 2017 it was wonderful to spend time in the same area, Buseo, because we knew everything already.  The apartment was a sweet, very comfortable efficiency and get this – it had under floor heating as well as a reverse a/c heat unit.  And the kicker was it was only one block from the Montevideo Shopping mall.  We just loved it.

While there we had plans to find spices and condiments I could not find here in Atlantida as well as sneakers for both Joe and I and some warm clothing.

Our first morning we spend at the Agricola Mall.  And after a complete circuit of the stores, we decided to stop for a cold draft beer at their artisan beer stand.  This is Mastra a local artisan beer company.

I ended up picking the Honey Amber Ale while Joe took the Strong Pale Ale.  Both were cold and very refreshing.  They even sold a few selections in small kegs.

You could also get a little treat but we were looking forward to lunch at Rudy Burger so we passed.

Did not take us long to get refreshed so we could make another attempt at those stores.

It was fun and we would go back and do it again,,,but right now we had more shopping to do.

Just Another Day

Since living outside of the US we have found great joy and much peace in walking the beaches and Uruguay is not an exception.  Each morning when the weather is nice we head towards the water. Our apartment is two blocks from the beach and there are several access walkways and paths to get access to the beach which here is lower than the road.

You can see from the picture above that the beach is lower than the rambla (beach walkway).

One of the prettiest spots is the Eagle’s Nest (Nido del Águila) that is built right on the bluff overlooking the beach. This area is called Playa Mansa (the quiet beach). From what we understand it was built around 1945 as a house by an Italian, Natalio Michelizzi. It has the head of an eagle and the body of a dolphin.  The eyes are actually the sitting room windows. The building is under renovation for some needed repairs as it has been allowed to deteriorate and has been vandalized as well. It is a beautiful and unusual building and should be treated with respect and maintained for the future.

We have walked over three miles each morning and have started to use the exercise equipment located in two locations on the rambla. Light weights which works for us, the set pictured below are for upper body exercises. The other set of machines located close to the yacht club on the Playa Brava and are mostly lower body exercises.

Nothing like working out with that view behind you.