Drive out to the country on the main roads and you’ll see that every rest area has become an impromptu dumpsite, packed with plastic bags and glass bottles. Perhaps more surprising, even Uruguay’s best-known pro-legalization activists are against it.It’s a mess, and this forward-looking country could and should do much better. Juan Vaz and Alicia Castilla, whose arrests for possession of cannabis plants are widely credited with sparking a new discussion on pot legalization, both have told me they hate the new law that passed earlier this month.Visit a fish shop and you’re likely to be offered frozen, cooked shrimp and imported salmon from Chile. A month before I moved here, a friend in Montevideo warned me about the expenses to come.“This is the most expensive country on Earth,” he wrote.My wife and I are watching, amused and a little befuddled, as this laid-back nation of almost 4 million people has become the toast of the continent.From gushing travelogues in major dailies to starry-eyed profiles of this country’s sandal-clad marijuana-legalizing president, Jose “Pepe” Mujica, the world’s attention has turned in the past few weeks to the country we moved to six months ago. This is a bucolic place, where cows outnumber humans and the people are warm, sweet and generous.But if you like a little variety, any variety in the restaurants, tough luck.The lack of good, inventive food in Montevideo, a city of more than a million people, is astonishing.
Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (UMCP) NASA Official: Phillip Newman Specific rights apply.“Bring everything you can with you.” That may be a little hyperbolic.But the cost of living here is much, much higher than you’d expect, especially if you’re in the habit of buying anything that’s of a decent quality or — horror of horrors — imported.When this happens uniformly along an extended front, a roll cloud may form.Roll clouds may actually have air circulating along the long horizontal axis of the cloud.
Uruguay charges such high import duties on everything from diapers to cars that prices are vastly inflated for quality goods.