Uruguay

A Place To Stay Awhile

The Basics

Location

  • The southern tip of Brazil
  • South Eastern part of South America

Weather

  • Summer: 70-82 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Winter: 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 42 inches of average rainfall each year

Climate Type

  • Humid Subtropical

Physical Features

  • Land is low-lying and flat to gently rolling landscape
  • The Uruguay river extends up into Brazil

How To Fit In

Languages

  • Principle Language: Spanish
  • Immigrant Languages: Italian, Portuguese, German, Russian

Folkways

  • It is common for people to kiss each other on the cheek as a greeting
  • People crack raw eggs on the heads of people during their birthday
  • Women carry their children around a lot
  • Children line the streets offering to do services or perform for any amount of coin

Taboos

  • The O.K. gesture we use is taken as being very rude

Digging Deeper Into Culture

Subcultures

  • Peasant- lower class people of smaller towns
  • Usina Plantation- way of life of the large modern corporation owned agricultural establishments

Evidence of Culture Change

Uruguay is very close to licensing the production, distribution and sale of Marijuana

MLA Citations

Heritage, Stuart. "Nine Things You Probably Never Knew about Uruguay." The Guardian. N.p., 22 Oct. 2003. Web. 22 Apr. 2015. <http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theguardian.com%2Fworld%2Fshortcuts%2F2013%2Foct%2F22%2Fnine-things-never-knew-uruguay-legal-marijuana>.



"World Weather & Climate Information." Weather and Climate: Uruguay, Average Monthly Rainfall, Sunshine, Temperature, Humidity, Wind Speed. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2015. <http://www.weather-and-climate.com/average-monthly-Rainfall-Temperature-Sunshine-in-Uruguay>.



"World Weather & Climate Information." Weather and Climate: Montevideo, Uruguay, Average Monthly , Rainfall (millimeter), Sunshine, Temperatures (celsius), Sunshine, Humidity, Water Temperature, Wind Speed. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2015. <http://www.weather-and-climate.com/average-monthly-Rainfall-Temperature-Sunshine,Montevideo,Uruguay>.



"American AnthropologistVolume 57, Issue 3, Article First Published Online: 28 OCT 2009." A Typology of Latin American Subcultures. N.p., 28 Oct. 2009. Web. 22 Apr. 2015. <http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1525/aa.1955.57.3.02a00040/pdf>.



"Countries and Their Cultures." Culture of Uruguay. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2015. <http://www.everyculture.com/To-Z/Uruguay.html>.



Axtell, Roger E., and Mike Fornwald. Gestures: The Do's and Taboos of Body Language around the World. New York: Wiley, 1998. Print.