Sunday 23 March 2014
Uruguay is the smaller, unassuming neighbour to Argentina. It feels less brash and macho. There are a lot of similarities between the two like the gaucho culture and the love of all things sweet (especially dulche de leche) but the place just seems a lot more relaxed and together than its next door neighbour. It doesn't feel so edgy and there is no 'blue dollar' and you can withdraw dollars straight from the ATM. Although Chileans, Argentinians and other South American people drink Mate (pronounced Mah-tay), the Uruguans take it to a whole new level. Pretty much everyone walks around town with their mate mug full of herbs (very similar to green tea), silver straw and a full size thermos flask with hot water to add to the leaves. It was funny to observe everyone walking round with them, usually with a joint in the other hand (Cannabis has just been legalised). Ty and I enjoyed hanging out and watching the world go by in Colonia a pretty little old town with loads of cool cars and in Montevideo for a few days.
Nice place to visit. Especially if you are a giant alien robot.