|Quoting CamiloA380 (Reply 4):|
Didnt want to get off-topic, but, wanted to point out that IMO, We Uruguayans don't really deserve the love Argentina have for us. There are so many people that "dislike" Argentina in Uruguay. Uruguayans should be so proud of Argentina.
Maybe that has something to do with how the -recently gone- ex-president Cherry (Kirchner, I'm learning German and Kirchner's last name now makes me think of cherries, hahaha, the spelling is very close), went about the whole Uruguay River Paper mill and the environmental debate? That was a faithful example of his montonero past, intimidate and bully when you know people won't or can't fight back. I feel I can say this now that it's been a few weeks since his death. But it's true, the man did some good things but he also was quite distasteful in others.
The fact is Argentina is the much bigger country than Uruguay: 1/6 of South America landmass, 25% of Mercosur GDP, G20 member, with Chile the highest HDI in Latin America, highest per capita GDP (again after several years), largest internet access for population, a nuclear and space/satellite industry, medical know-how, the leading film industry in South America, a center of the television industry for Latin America (specially in cable network news, sport, teen shows and advertisement), exploding in wine exports, in overall sports (olympics + football, rugby, hockey, basketball, tennis, etc), according to the world rankings one of the best performing nations in sport, the most involved nation in Antarctica...
... And why do I say all that feel good, yet obvious stuff vis a vis Uruguay? Because it thus is completely beyond the pale that Kirchner did not unblock the protesters at the Gualaguaychu border bridge, let alone the other bridges when they were blocked, back in the heyday of the conflict in 2004 and 2005. That the president of a country with those statistics, would almost block a small neighbor and not just any neighbor, one which for many reasons are special neighbors (our history, ethnic commonality, culture.... think Australia / New Zealand, United States / Canada, Germany / Austria), is inexcusable and I still feel Buenos Aires owes a major official apology.
Argentina should be the bigger country and make a major gesture, I'm hoping with a new government next year maybe it will happen. But until then, the country and all conscious citizens should be beyond embarrassed because it made us look so small intellectually.
To the OP, have a great time in one of the safest, most tolerant nations in the Americas.
[Edited 2010-11-13 09:53:21]