is - still - the most important part of the economy: beef, wool, dairy
products, cereals, fruits, wine, followed by tourism (the Atlantic sea
a rather wealthy country at least up until the 1950's.
A certain slightly
old-fashioned European charm still remains from that era, together with
quite a lot of turn-of-the-century and Art Deco architecture.
I mean when I say Montevideo feels like “Barcelona”; sitting in a cafe
in the old part of Montevideo, definitely feels old world Mediterranean.
And what about
Uruguay is like North Carolina – the Atlantic coast, with its broad, (mostly
empty) beaches, the "gentleman farmer-esque" estanciero culture of the
grand estates, which might remind you of the old American South, and the
land is cheap; agriculture is not subsidized by the state in Uruguay.
extensive, but not very modern.