Here in Uruguay we are so privileged to be one of the few countries in the world where you can actually see these magnificent creatures from the beach 🌊 Yes, no invasive boats or expensive trips ✌️
Southern right whales generally visit Uruguay between June and October. Right now they’re swimming up to the warmer waters of Brazil from icy Argentina to breed.
The first sightings happened this year on the 5th of July in La Barra. Since then there have been sightings off La Paloma, Piriápolis (although there they’re often quite far away and difficult to see), and this week in the bay of Maldonado.
There have been six sightings of humpback whales too this year 😍
It’s not just the whales who are coming back to Uruguay. One of the world's best football players ⚽️ Luis Suárez, is also returning. At 35, Nacional, his boyhood club may be where he will end his professional career. Though he’s not putting himself out to pasture yet 😉
Apparently his plans are to prepare for and ideally take Nacional to finals in Uruguay and South America's second most important club competition, the Copa Sudamericana 🏆 As well as arrive in the best conditions for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year 💪
Suárez is the best striker in Uruguayan history having scored a record 68 goals in 132 professional games 🥅 For comparison, Edinson Cavani, the second highest goal-scorer has scored ten less goals in 133 games.
Suárez was free to choose any club after his contract with Atlético Madrid was not renewed in June. Typical Uruguay 🇺🇾 the president of Nacional only reached out to Suarez after the striker made public in an interview that he was surprised he had not been contacted by his old team 🤦♀️ Nacional fans went mad at the possibility and the hashtag #SuarezANacional was tweeted over 50,000,000 times according to the club 🤯 A multitude of fans held up A4 sheets with the hashtag printed on it at games 🪧 Local figures including the labour minister changed their social media profile photos to Suárez’ picture. The clincher may have been a family decision to return home. So Uruguayan again 😜
This is a guy who could’ve played pretty much anywhere in the world for top dollar and instead he chose to return home 🇺🇾
I hope you’re doing really well, and that this message finds you in good health. It’s a pleasure to be in contact
A big hug coming at you from the Old City of Montevideo
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It’s so encouraging to see businesses that rely on foreigners, which were so hit throughout the pandemic and still are to some extent, deciding to make improvements on what they offer despite everything. @academiauruguay.spanishcourses teaches Spanish foreigners and they’ve just opened up their new premises in the old city. They’ve totally reclaimed the fourth floor of a 100 year old former department store. When the department store functioned, this floor was where the owners lived, so it has its own elevator! It’s been out of use for decades. But now, the team is one permit away from activating it all over again. #uruguay#spanishlessons#goingforit#gottaloveuruguay
Btw, I'm totally 'Uruguayzha' nowadays with the way I dress in winter. Inside the wood-burning stove which you can glimpse in the central patio, makes things super toasty.
And, if you're curious what the glass ceiling is, it's called a 'claraboya' and it's massive. These are really common in old buildings in #Montevideo and were the way to ventilate in summer. They actually have a crank and can be rolled back to leave the space totally open to the elements on balmy days 😮