A few facts about Uruguay –
Uruguay gained its independence from Brazil in 1826.
The first World cup was held here in 1930, when Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2.
Uruguay becomes the second Latin American country after Cuba to legalize abortion in 2012.
It was the first country in the world to legalize the growing, sale and smoking of Marijuana in 2013.
Arriving in Montevideo after spending a week in Buenos Aires was a chance to catch our breath and chill. It is a smaller city compared to its more affluent neighbour BA but this doesn’t detract from what the city has to offer. We walked around the Ciudad Vieja (old town), ate Chivito and watched people dance Tango in the local squares.
My favourite part of the city is the Rambla which is the waterfront promenade that stretches for 15 miles. It’s always busy with people skating, running, fishing and just enjoying the great weather.
I thought the British loved their PG Tips or Tetley Tea but the Uruguayans have taken it to a whole new level. They drink Mate which is grassy tea. I noticed people carrying a thermos flask of hot water and holding a cup containing the grassy tea leaves which is drunk through a stainless steel straw.