Thursday, June 29, 2006

Winter has arrived

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Winter has arrived to Uruguay, too. Scarfs , woollen gloves, and hats are becoming more and more frequent in everybody's outfit, once again. In cold mornings you even get to see your condensed breath. Tough times for homeless people.

It's been a month of rains, cold, and even some mist. Rains were highly expected, and when they arrived, it poured. Unfortunately, it wasn't in the areas that really needed rain, so the energy saving policies are still ongoing (aka elevator queue syndrom).

The president's been making some ill comments about the uruguayan press, and how it is politically biased, against the government. The uncomfortable thing was, that he mentioned the exact list of newspapers, and tv channels that did not support the government. It was sort of the unhappy, unnecessary kind of comment, you wouldn't expect from the president, in a country with press freedom. Anyway, uruguayans, after our former president (Jorge Batlle), are kind of numb to stupid presidential declarations, noone could ever top him (he went public about how argentineans are all thieves and corrupt, and then had to go to argentina to beg for forgiveness.... historically sad).

We were visited by the brazilian ministry of foreign affairs to strengthen the mercosur bond, and to be offered a "new deal", since the mercour's presidency will be going to brazil in the coming period.

Nacional is the unnoticed victorious champion of the decaying national opening tournament (el apertura).

Today there was this big farmer's demonstration, against the upcoming economic tax reform. The government is in the final approval stages of a major tax reform, and there's unconformity in a lot of sectors that won't be at all benefited in the new taxing scheme, especially those that have right now some kind of excemptions, like farms ;)
The gov is implementing the tax to the rent of the physical person, something that does not exist in Uruguay, so far, and which seems very tricky to be implemented in a country with banking secrecy. Tomorrow there'll be what is known as a general partial strike for this reason, meaning all unions will stop working for some hours of the day. If it were all day, it'd be called a general strike, this ones are not very frequent (can't remember the last one).

Meanwhile, everybody talks, eats, reads, and breaths the world cup, the world cup match, players, and everythings. In every company small betting pots are made(called pencas no idea why :). Here, in Uruguay, everybody speculates about the world cup results, everybody has a formed opinion, everybody has a favorite, everybody "knows".

Right now, everybody is expecting tomorrow's Argentina Germany world cup match. As usually happens, when our neighbors play, opinions are divided in half, brazilian sympathizers (or just plain argentinian haters), will strongly support germany (the current "other"), while the rest will support argentina.

Me? I guess, like most uruguayans have mixed feelings towards tomorrow's match. On one hand I'd like to see a fellow south american, emerging country, win one of the most important world tournaments. On the other hand...who will be able to put up with argentineans if they win?... no one! they are waaay too cocky, and they are too close for that matter

(not to mention pulp mills) ;)
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18 comments:

socalledchaos-XL said...

brrr winter... whats the normal winter-temperatures in uruguay? Lot of rain, storms and wind? Its really hard to imagine for july, because we had the last two weeks offen more than >30°C and lot of sunshine :)

the love/hate-neighbourhood between Uruguay and Argentina is really funny ... same shit here between Austria and Germany :) Most people here doesnt want so see germany as the winner of the world-cup :)

greetings

gabo_uy said...

Normal winter temperatures go 0C to around 15C, while summer go from somewhere around 15C till around 30C, sometimes even 35C.

At the end, on friday while watching Germany vs Argentina, I couldn't help to start supporting argentina, I felt they deserved the game. Penalties are like gambling or coin tossing.

Keith said...

well its 32 here...........everyday

Serious, it's nice but gets a bit boring.

Yeah I didnt see the germany game, but I saw the England one, i had a feeling they would lose but England really need a shakeup though.

david,Atlanta,GA USA said...

A president that disparages the press? Unfortunately, we now have the same here in the USA.

Very informative blog. I only found one book about Uruguay at the library.

A monolingual English speaker, I’ve decided to take 2-3 weeks of Spanish language classes in Montevideo this August.

Uruguay appears to have the potential to be a Spanish language version of Ireland - a small, highly educated nation suited for information economy.

Can’t wait to try asado, bizcochos and dulce de leche.

Thanks.

terotero1 said...

Hi everybody, you all sound like Onetti the uruguayan writer very depress typical uruguayan jajajaaj But anyway I am happy that today the international court Hague or "Haya" was in favor of Uruguay and not in Argentinean side .... I am looking forward that the pulp mill will bring back the area and bring down the unemployment, and stop the emigration. That is a good notice to start the day, Bay the way today is my birthday party also .. Best regard martinfisherman

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for this fine, informational blog!

The new Socialist government says it will impose the income tax on all who live in Uruguay. Will this be for world-wide income or only income made in Uruguay?

I thought I read where they will also kill off all banking secrecy too. Is that true?

I was thinking about emigrating to Uruguay because there was no income tax and there was good bank secrecy and privacy. But now, I don't know.

Are the opposition parties (Colorados?) strong enough to defeat the Socialist government's plans about income taxes and killing privacy

Sabado said...

So, is the bank secrecy dead or not? Is there any news about the personal income tax coming or not?

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