After spending close to a month here in Uruguay, I have made my conclusion.  Although the cultures and roots of the people in Argentina and Uruguay are very similar, as expected, people here are bigger.  Do they eat more of the delicious meat that both countries boast of?  Is it the different strain in the mate?  I don’t know – but I have seen enough to come to arrive at this observation.

Gordo means “fat” in Spanish, but that isn’t exactly why this entry’s title is posted.  In Uruguay, as in Argentina (and I believe Mexico), couples call each other “fatty”.  As in, “Adios gordo (goobye fatty)”, in a warm farewell.  I didn’t understand it the first time I heard it, still don’t quite get it, but I do love hearing it.