Free tour? Well despite not being too interested in learning about the city… I just want to go by the water, it’s free. Sure, I’ll check it out.
Surprisingly it was quite interesting. Our guide was only 22 years old and the free tour guides had only started in December. Sooo it was a pretty good time to go to Uruguay. She spoke fluent English which was quite impressive and useful for the Australians who were on the tour with us. I swear, I have met so many Australians in South America. It’s crazy!
Some cool facts: The Uruguayan president looks like a cute little grandpa. He is supposedly the poorest or one of the poorest presidents in the world because he donates 90% of his salary to nonprofit causes. Respect. He lives outside the city, in a more rural area with his dog, that the whole country knows, and his wife who is also into politics, a senator I believe. You cannot be president 2 terms in a row, so people are speculating that the president before the current president will win the next elections.
The current president passed 3 major laws/legislations. 1. Gay marriage is legal. Go Uruguay and Argentina! Seriously U.S., for claiming to be such a progressive country we’re really lagging behind….2. Abortion is legal. Surprisingly this was not that controversial as many pregnant women were dying because they went to non-authorized clinics for abortions and died. All those people who think making abortion illegal to save lives, what about the lives that will be lost to have an abortion in an unsafe manner. 3. Marijuana is legal. This is the most controversial law. They are working on having it available at pharmacies for medical purposes and people can have up to 6 pot plants in their household. Apparently because Uruguay is such a small country, it makes it a lot easier to pass these controversial laws.