Nuala: "What the...?? I thought we were safe from the camera on our walks!!" Actually, she was bummed because we left her blankie behind.
This is Dino. A German Shepherd guard dog that we've become buds with. Sometimes we feed him crackers. N&B are really good at presenting the backs of their hands for doggies to sniff, Nuala always looks like some hoity-toity queen allowing a subject to kiss her hand. Dino actually was roaming about the other day when I took the kiddos to the park and he followed us down the street till I gave him a cracker and sent him home.
This is not our street. It's the next street over, the German ambassador actually lives on this street, he has a nice doggy, too. A black lab named Frederick. Actually, I saw a big moving truck a couple of weeks ago, so maybe he's gone...Anyway, we like this street, this is looking down at the ocean, but you can't really tell.
Okay, these next few are just some of the houses we like...I felt weird taking their pictures, how suspicious does that look in the nicest neighborhood in Montevideo? Totally felt like I was casing them. A trick from my broadcasting classes: pretend to be filming or taking a picture of whoever is with you but really just shoot past them at whatever it is you don't really want to be seen taking a picture of. So that's what I did. Once. Then I got lazy.
There's such a wide range of house styles in our neighborhood. Some are downright ugly. My favorites are the Spanish style ones, and there's some very cute Bavarian houses here, too, but we didn't walk past any on this route. Seriously, you'd almost think you were in Germany! Incidentally, we get asked every now and then if we're German. Must be the bratwurst I'm always munching while going to the park...haha!
Almost all the houses have fences. You know the owners take security very seriously when they have a non-see-through fence with vicious sounding dogs jumping against it. That's my theory, anyway.
This is one of the humungous aloe vera plants that are everywhere. Now, I'd never seen such monstrosities! I'm used to the little potted ones, or the small things that grow in your backyard. Even in the Valley, where our friends had an aloe vera plantation? farm? they were still the normal sized variety. Even big, they were not THIS big. I shoulda put the stoller by it for comparison, but it's easily the same height as the stroller handlebar, if not a tad bit taller. And those red flowers! They bloom in the winter (these are not full blooms) and are just gorgeous when they're wide open! Anyway, this is our corner aloe, Raúl.
And our house. Boxy, but cute. That's Z, if you couldn't tell. It was dinnertime, that's why he's hightailing it back so fast.
This is our Virgin Mary that hangs outside next to the front door. Obviously, we're not Catholic (we're LDS, aka Mormon, if you didn't know), but our landlord, Rafael, is, and it's part of the house. I really, really like it! She's very peaceful, with the muted blue-gray shawl and her serene expression. The spiders like her, too, and I often have to clear their webs away. She's so beautiful in the late afternoon sun.
So there you have it! A little bit of our neighborhood. This was kinda fun for me. I think I'll try to get some more interesting pics. Oh, the excitement!