Felicitaciones, Hugo Y Carolina!
Not really knowing the custom of gift giving on such occasions here in Uruguay we decided to get something anyway since these two are extra special to us. Okay, we got the little gift at Tienda Inglesa a large supermarket/ house wares store that caters to expats, in that they sell imported condiments and other food and trinkets not necessarily available at other local establishments. Since it is only a few weeks past the holiday season the store still had their free gift wrapping station up, how convenient for us! Okay, I will also admit that we got the gift with our Tienda Inglesa store points, so basically we got the gift free and wrapped for free! Hey, I told you we are finally getting the hang of living here in Uruguay! This is also a blog on retirement so I try to be educational about living on a budget! I hope you don't mind this revelation Hugo and Carolina. I know you read these posts. Hey, it's the thought that counts, No?
Hugo and Carolina, you might remember from a post last month. Wally and several other friends gathered to help the couple, put in the footers, for their first house together (it is being built in stages) as money allows. What used to be called the "American Dream" that of home ownership is considered just plain common sense here in Uruguay. If you can afford it, then build, as the cost for renting just doesn't make sense if you can manage to own instead. That sounds obvious but back in the USA before the foreclose mess a lot of US friends I knew had what is called renters mentality. They would think about buying something, then drive their realitors crazy and never decide on anything to buy. Many are more comfortable with renting than home ownership perhaps a wise decision for them but not understood here where most homes until recently were built and brought without morgages but with cold hard cash!. In my neighborhood here in Marindia we are one of the few who doesn't own a second house, as this is considered a vacation spot.
The hostess (Mother of the wife) our good friend Luisa, also turned down help. She wanted to treat all the guests as guests! Each plate of bit sized finger food was passed, one at a time, to all the people in attendance. Ours with the now, ripped up hamburger buns.
After wards all the young people and Me (ha ha) gathered in a circle and danced the night away.
Wally and I left before the lovely cake (made by an another attendee) was cut. That was good as I need to lose a huge amount of weight (my goal this year). After the party we walked back home and talked under the stars, a truly lovely night to remember. Congratulations, Hugo and Carolina on your wedding anniversary and many more happy years together!