It is actually one of the oldest cities in all of Latin America and one once used to smuggle "things" into Argentina in the late 1600s. One of our friends was traveling around Brazil at the same time so he meet us in BA and came with us to Uruguay.
We climbed to the top of the lighthouse and you could see a great few of the river and the city. Notice how clean and sanitary the river looks from above--I wish I could say I wasn't tempted to get in...
But Mike said he would pay Meliss and I $100 each if we swam in it. We decided to test it out. But since we couldn't see the bottom in an inch of the water, we decided against South American parasites--we'll save those for the next trip.
They even practice sound public health messages-This is a pack of cigarettes with a picture of a baby that has been effected by a mother smoking during gestation. The package reads: "What kind of life have you given me?". It looks like USAID is needed, even in Uruguay, as the package was completely empty. At least they are making an effort.
So the South America country count for me is 7 countries--all of which I have been to with Melissa, I will continue to blame it all on her:) The group heading back to Argentina to catch our flight to Chile. We crossed three international boarders on this day.
Going to Uruguay was especially a priority since it is the only country in the Southern Cone (the southern half of South America) I hadn't been to yet. So least you think I can't distinguish needs and wants, this was definitely a need. And it completed one of my life goals. Plus our team name, The SoCone Cinco, would not have made much sense had we not gone to Uruguay. Mike came up with the name-SoCone like SoCal and if I have to explain the rest you probably didn't grow up in Yaktown. Don't worry Dad, we did daily cheers and had lots of mottos.