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.

Plaza Indepencia
Plaza Indepencia

Apparently the guy who founded Uruguay got kicked out by the people who helped found the country and died in Peru. But his ashes were brought back and is guarded beneath his statue...which I believe is this statue.
Apparently the guy who founded Uruguay got kicked out by the people who helped found the country and died in Peru. But his ashes were brought back and is guarded beneath his statue…which I believe is this statue.
Gate between the old city and the new city
Gate between the old city and the new city
Other side of the gate...when the old city existed there was a wall that was taken down or destroyed at some point, they decided to reconstruct the gate, but it's facing so that you enter going into the new city to represent the new age
Other side of the gate…when the old city existed there was a wall that was taken down at some point, they decided to reconstruct the gate, but it’s facing so that you enter going into the new city to represent the new age
Teatro Solis, the theater.Tthey didn't have a good theater, so they built Teatro Solis, however the acoustics were bad so they built the sides that somehow made the acoustics good
Teatro Solis, the theater. They didn’t have a good theater, so they built Theatro Solis, however the acoustics were bad so they built the sides that somehow made the acoustics good
La rambla
La rambla
View of the city from the  Rambla...you can also see the English Church. It's called the English church because England, the U.S. and another country put the funds to create the church. Despite Uruguay not having a religion, there were/are Christians that didn't have a church because they weren't Roman Catholic. They were a different sect of Christianity. (Hey I'm Jewish so I don't recall which one it is) And for some reason they decided to call it  the English church instead of the U.S. church.
View of the city from the Rambla…you can also see the English Church. It’s called the English church because England, the U.S. and another country put the funds to create the church. Despite Uruguay not having a religion, there were/are Christians that didn’t have a church because they weren’t Roman Catholic. They were a different sect of Christianity. (Hey I’m Jewish so I don’t recall which one it is) And they for some reason decided to call it the English church instead of the U.S. church.
A random person decided to in the cover of darkness repair some broken tiles with pretty mosaics. They have apparently not returned recently as many tiles remain broken. But you can find several mosaic tiles around the old city.
A random person decided to in the cover of darkness repair some broken tiles with pretty mosaics. They have apparently not returned recently as many tiles remain broken. But you can find several mosaic tiles around the old city.
Fountain in a plaza, there were also vendors selling goods here
Fountain in a plaza, there were also vendors selling goods here

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Cool grafitti
Cool grafitti
National bank. Due to the banking crisis where many private banks ran away to islands with the population's money, people are more inclined to trust public banks
National bank. Due to the banking crisis where many private banks ran away to islands with the population’s money, people are more inclined to trust public banks

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Wine specific to Uruguay
Wine specific to Uruguay
Market with a lot of asado, beef BBQ without the BBQ sauce
Market with a lot of asado, beef BBQ without the BBQ sauce

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More cool graffiti
More cool graffiti
La rambla
La rambla
Picture of the river and the city
Picture of the river and the city
Photo of the shadow of me taking the photo
Photo of the shadow of me taking the photo
La Rambla, there's a lot of la Rambla, we were hoping to see a nice sunset from her, but alas the clouds were coming in
La Rambla, there’s a lot of la Rambla, we were hoping to see a nice sunset from her, but alas the clouds were coming in
Conquering Uruguay
Conquering Uruguay
What are you doing Sarah?
What are you doing Sarah?
Oh no! A runaway hair
Oh no! A runaway hair
City and beach
City and beach
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