“Pretty gifts from the South” reads a billboard of the Uruguayan tourism ministry in downtown Porto Alegre. Brazilians and especially Gaúchos (people from Rio Grande do Sul) flock to Uruguay’s beaches in the summer. Uruguay doesn’t do a whole lot of advertising abroad, but Rio Grande do Sul and Buenos Aires are certainly it’s target… Read More Pretty Presents from the South: Uruguay Through Brazilian Eyes and Reais
Originally released last year, Lucas Sugo’s Cinco Minutos y Nada Mas was the song of 2014 in Uruguay. Whenever I said the words “cinco minutos”–hard to avoid in ordinary conversation–people would break out into the song. A catchy tune indeed, I heard it more often than anything by major pan-Latin artists like Romeo Santos, Enrique… Read More Lucas Sugo’s Cinco Minutos y Nada Mas–The Future of Uruguayan Music in Five Minutes
In February, I wrote briefly about the military in Uruguay. Here are some more thoughts. In Uruguay, the military is just another middle class profession. It’s another thing that blends into the economy and society as a normal facet of life and bureaucracy. It’s not part of an overblown industrial complex with strong—or suspicious—links to… Read More The Military in Uruguayan Society–Part II
My travel piece about raid, the horse races in rural Uruguay, has appeared in Roads and Kingdoms. My op-ed about Uruguayan indifference to marijuana and equal marriage laws was published in this morning’s Register-Guard.
Oregonians can now get marijuana legally, and the US Supreme Court declared gay marriage bans by states unconstitutional. Uruguay–a nation very similar in size and population to Oregon–recently became the first country to legalize marijuana, and also legalized gay marriage over two years before the US. Uruguay has been in the news a lot for… Read More Why Uruguayans are Indifferent to Their Own Success Legalizing Marijuana and Equal Marriage