Your humble Guru

Karen A Higgs, the creator of Guru'Guay
Photo: Carlos Contrera

Karen A Higgs grew up in the South Wales Valleys. At 22 she found herself stranded in Mexico City airport with just a pocket Spanish-English dictionary for company. Since then she’s lived most of her life in Latin America.

She sang 60s covers in a psychedelic rock band in Costa Rica. And impressed her teenage English language students by riding a 500 cc motorbike around town in Buenos Aires.

Having moved back to the UK briefly and then on to Washington DC, she moved into web design in the mid 90s. In 2000 she landed in Uruguay to direct communications for an international non-profit.

The Guru’Guay

The non-profit took Karen back and forward to South Africa, land of the most wonderful bed and breakfasts, for over a decade. Inspired, Karen and her Argentine husband Sergio set up a guesthouse as an entertaining sideline.

Casa Sarandi is an award-winning art-deco guesthouse in Montevideo’s Old City, a great location. But what guests really love is the insider knowledge that Karen shares about Uruguay.

And as Karen is also a musician with two albums to her name –including one which was nominated for the Uruguayan equivalent of the Grammys– her daily tips on live music and events made guests’ holidays really unforgettable.

Pleas from guests to share this insider information more widely inspired this popular blog in late 2013.

The blog quickly became an in-demand resource for travellers planning their trip to Uruguay as well as expats living in Uruguay and neighbouring Argentina.

In January 2017 25,000 readers accessed almost 60,000 pages, a huge number for a Uruguayan website, peaking the interest of the Uruguayan press.

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The Guru Guides

In 2016 Karen published The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo available for tablets and smartphones and in paperback on Amazon and CreateSpace.

She is currently writing The Guru’Guay Guide to Uruguay Beaches, Estancias and Wine Country out October 1 and available for pre-order from mid July.

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