School girl in Panajachel, Guatemala, selling fabrics. She says "Why don't you buy my stuff?" I gave her a little Australian flag.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Forgotten Uruguay

Nestling between the giants of Brazil and Argentina lies little Uruguay, once a political buffer state that today seems neglected by mainstream tourism.

The countryside is an extension of the Argentine pampas and is dotted with cattle and sheep. Montevideo, the main port and capital has a population of about 1.4 million, which is the home for about 40% of the total population of 3.4 million. It is a long established welfare state and has a high level of Government employment.
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