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Our "Summer" Travels To South America, Part 12

Visiting Montevideo, Uruguay

By Armando F. Sanchez, Contributing Writer
Published on LatinoLA: March 11, 2013


Our "Summer" Travels To South America, Part 12


The weather here has been surprisingly comfortable. It's been mainly in the 70s. I understand that it is low for being that it is still summer here.

[b]Montevideo is a relatively medium city. Life is at a lower pace than Buenos Aires but it is a comfortable area.

One can see very nice housing in the eastern section of the city and that is also where the consulates are located. Many Europeans maintain a summer home in this area of the city.

It's national economics is still weak from the 2008 world financial crisis but there was one item that was very positive. All the children in public and private elementary schools receive computer pads. The new school year just started this week. The nation is working aggressively on providing an free Internet. We even had free connection in our tour bus.

I have spent some time considering how a nation can change very quickly if the nation's population is provided with free wi-fi. It would be the democratization of information. The poor have equal access to the world's information. The schools provide the pads and can access the libraries practically everywhere. Youth can listen to college lectures from around the world in any language they wish. Everyone here can connect with family or individuals globally. Since the Internet is completely open now families do not have to incur monthly Internet nor global telephone costs.

This one national investment will have a major impact on the future development of this country. I need to come back in a few years and see how this development improved the nation's position in the world's development. So I ask, if the US is one of the most powerful nation in the world and needs to keep its position in the world, why not offer the Internet free to its population?

Its time to board ship and begin our travels toward the bottom of the Earth. As we are sailing South the temperatures are slowly dropping. Daylight is 13 hours a day and increasing but the outside temperatures are going cooler.

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