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I thought I would give you all an update about a new initiative that has arrived in Montevideo.

An electric scooter service that charges you per minute of usage is now available in Montevideo. In order to use the scooters one needs to download the app Grin from the App store. The first trip you take is free of charge and any trip afterwards will cost you 4 pesos a minute. The company is of Mexican origin and began its operations in the middle east. It has expanded to cover areas such cities as Santiago, Bogota and Rio de Janeiro. The success of this initiative has so far primarily been in South America.

So how does it work? After downloading the app you will be able to see a map of your city displaying the location of all the available scooters closes to you. From there you walk towards one of the scooters and use your phone to unlock the scooter. For this you only need to scan the barcode of the scooter using your camera or enter the code on the scooter into the grin application. Once done you can leave the scooter in the whatever area or return it to one of the Grin stations. Grin stations are places agreed by Grin and local businesses where they can store and charge up Grin’s scooters. There are numerous Grin stations dotted around the city. The scooters are designed for short trips, on average two kilometers.

Currently the area of ​​operations extends approximately from Ciudad Vieja to Parque Rodó. Human interaction is not necessary and, in any case, the devices have a support leg that so they can stand by themselves. Their top speed is 25km/h which is fast enough to get around quickly and enjoy the ride at the same time. Unfortunately on my journey the scooter ran out of battery but I did enjoy it a lot whilst it lasted.

Overall it is a very useful initiative which the people of Montevideo have enthusiastically welcomed!


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On the 16th of January the students of La Herradura went to the Juan Manuel Blanes museum and the botanical gardens located in the wealthy neighbourhood of Prado in Montevideo. We started off by visiting Juan Manuel Blanes museum which displays an eclectic collection of art from throughout the years since the founding of Uruguay. The museum displays art from numerous artists including Juan Manuel Blanes, Pedro Figari, Rafael Barradas and Jose Cuneo.

Blanes has painted a number of pieces which are key to the Uruguayan national identity. The moment of Uruguayan independence was depicted by Blanes’ in the portrait “Thirty Three Easterners”. This displays the moment when the revolutionaries in Uruguay successfully held an insurrection against the brazilian authorities that were in control of Uruguay at that time – this event resulted in Uruguay gaining independence. A further painting of significance to the history of the Uruguayan history was ‘The battle of Sarandi’, another milestone in Uruguay’s history.

Blanes was also well-known for his portrait paintings which were particularly successful with the local gentry. His most famous portrait painting was that of Artigas en la Ciudadela, which he painted as a homage to the adored Uruguayan patriot Jose Gervasio Artigas.

After this we visited the nearby botanical gardens.The Botanical Garden was created in the year 1902 by the Economic Board of Uruguay and named after its greatest advocate, “Atilio Lombardo” who worked tirelessly to instate the gardens.  The park is comprised of a huge area of greenery with many different types of plants and trees which Montevideanos are able to admire and be at peace with, as they walk through the extensive area of the park. The park was designed by the landscape architect Carlos Racine. The function of a botanical garden is to illustrate a way of living peacefully with nature and to show us the importance of respecting the environment that we have before we lose it due to our own selfish actions of deforestation and pollution. We also passed many impressive houses due to the fact that Barrio Prado is a very wealthy neighbourhood.  

The park receives more than 400,000 visitors every year and so that they can recognise the over 1000 different types of plants that exist, cards are placed below the plants which contain their common and scientific names. There is also a greenhouse that exists in the botanical gardens which houses various types of tropical, medicinal and aquatic plants. The international exchange of seeds between more than 500 botanical gardens worldwide allows for the cultivation of new seeds in greenhouses and enables the parks to display many non-native plants as well.

At the end we visited a bar also located in the Prado neighbourhood. We enjoyed the beers and wines on offer including the traditional uruguayan media y media drink, consisting of a mixture of wine and champagne. There were also a large selection of reasonably priced pizzas so we were able to dine there as well. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience for all the students at La Herradura!

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“periplo” (viaje largo), es un nuevo programa que recorre el Uruguay y nos lleva a conocer el país, su historia, sus costumbres, su gastronomía y mucho más. // “Periplo” (tour), a new program going across Uruguay, showing us the history, habits, gastronomy and much more.

!Buenísimo para conocer Uruguay y buena manera de practicar tu español¡// Perfect to got to know Uruguay and an excellent way to practise your Spanish!

El contenido del primer programa / the schedule of the first program;

Uruguayos están acostumbrados a hacer turismo sólo en verano. Uno de los lugares más lindos es la Costa Oceánica. En esta oportunidad vinimos a averiguar cómo es en invierno // Uruguayans are used to visit the coast line during the summer time only. The oceanc coastline is one of the most beautiful ones and this documentary will show you how it looks like during the winter period.

Parte 1    La Pedrera

Ver parte 2, 3 y 4

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Hoy, 18 de julio se festeja la constitución. La constitución del Uruguay es considerada como un acontecimiento importante en la historia del país. La calle central de Montevideo lleva por nombre 18 de Julio. // To day, July 18th the constitution is celebrated and considered to be a very important event of the history of Uruguay. The central city street in Montevideo is called: “18 de julio”.

Para aquellos que están muy interesados en la cultura uruguaya pueden hacer un trivia que propone el diario El Pais hoy // For those interested in the Uruguayan culture, play the game “Trivia” offered by the newspaper “El Pais”: ¿Cuánto sabés del feriado del 18 de julio?

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