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Following the first visit to Uruguay, I was taken care of by Uruguay’s hospital for 2 times.

At the first time, I had a long cold before going on a trip, so I had to go for long journey with bad condition. And I arrived in Uruguay though a total of over 30 hours of transit, but I could’t remove air from my right ear on my plane, because my nose was clogged. So I got empyema. I refused to go to the hospital because I didn’t have overseas travel insurance but I imagined If the symptoms get worse and more severe, I wouldn’t enjoy my trip and the worst case, I wouldn’t be able to return to Canada. So I decided to go to a hospital.

Turning around a lot of hospitals, when I said that I don’t have any insurance, they taught me to go to the emergency at a public university hospital.

When I arrived at the emergency of University hospital (Hospital de Clinicas Dr.Manuel Quintela), I showed my passport, and told them that I don’t have any insurance or anything. Following the instruction of receptionist, I sat for the time and waited. I was so worried how much the cost is gonna be…

Wait about 30 minutes, I was called and I entered an examining room. There were 4 or 5 young weman were waiting for me I was surprised Do I need 4 or 5 doctor’s for my cold symptoms? But one of them was a doctor and others were practicum university students at the emergency. One person listened to my symptoms and that person explained to the other four people the symptoms, teaching how to write the chart, there were kinda nice people. It took times they filing out the chart and trying to find a thermometer. So while I was waiting for the procedure, I could have a chat with some of them.

And they told me the consultation fee is free! In Uruguay, consultation fee is free at public hospitals, even for foreigners!  Additionally they told me, the tuition of public university is all free for Uruguay citizens, even medical or low school. I truly thought Uruguay is a wonderful country.

By the way, the most of the medical students could speak English well, but the receptionist at the public hospital and others couldn’t.

Emergency of Public University hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay

For the second time in Uruguay, I was planning to stay for more than half a year for studying. But, as I thought about it for a month after visiting Jose Mujica once, as a result of considering for a month, I decided to teach English at an elementary school in a small town 500 km away from capital city in Colombia from August 31.

Why Colombia? Cos I’ve been studying Spanish by myself in this whole month, frankly I got tired. First of all, I couldn’t concentrate on studying at a hostel where is like a club all day, and the library isn’t open on weekends and my daily movement is the hostel to the library for caring about money so much.   Also, I miss kids.

For the first reason is that I didn’t feel excited to be in Uruguay, it’s from the beginning when I arrived.

And I thought that it was meaningless even if I studied alone in the hostel thinking only about saving money, and I started searching for volunteer or jobs in South America. And it may seem like a very dangerous idea, but I am a very curious realism person which means I wanna see anything by my eyes and believe what I can see. So my crazy curious of Colombia came up from one TV show that is Netflix’s Narcos. Since I’ve known about Pablo Escobar, I have a strong impulse to go to see Colombia where he was born.

When I was looking for something to do with children in Colombia, I got the job offer to be an English teacher.

What I think is the most important thing and my curiosity is education. I want to know education systems and children in various countries. So this offer was a perfect opportunity to be able to see both the local public school and private school system. The feeling that I want to work with children more than anything else.
In the field, the schools are having a problem that is students have lack of opportunities to speak English. Because it’s quite rare tourists and people from overseas visit the town. And now, they have no volunteers and I got this offer, I’m not a native speaker though.

For me, it’s a big challenge. I don’t think my English level is low, but the way to get to a native level is still far away. In such circumstances, this opportunity to teach English to the students at schools is also a great opportunity for me to study English again finely. And also my Spanish is quite poor, so many difficult part might appear such as miscommunication or shortage of explanation. But I am so excited to do the new thing that is to teach english in outback of Colombian where is no foreigners especially Asians. I don’t think people over there have seen any Asians.

I’m planning to stay for two or three months over there. It’s totally up to an immigration officer how many days they give to my visa.

I will study Spanish, English learning, Colombian education, school system, and the history of Colombia where Pablo were born.

After Colombia, I could take a babysitter job offer in Cusco, Peru, so I will go straight to Peru, and would stay for about 3 months. And then I’ll come back to Uruguay next February or March. On the 3 visit to Uruguay, I’ll try to study under Jose Mujica.





そして、このままウルグアイで金の節約のことばかり考えてホステルで1人で勉強していてもあまり意味がないと思い、南米でボランティアかジョブを探し始めた。そして、結構危ない考えと思われるかもしれないけど、僕は何事もこの目で見ないと気が済まない性格で、NetflixのNarcosでPablo Escobarを知ってからコロンビアに行ってみたいという衝動が強かった。








I came to Uruguay 2017/08/02. This is the second time to visit Uruguay.

The purpose of the first visit to Uruguay last year was to meet the former president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica. And this second visit was to study under him that I was planing from two years ago.
I took all the credits at the college in Vancouver, afterwards I left Vancouver like I’m in a rush before I get my diploma from the school.

Before I get here and even now, I couldn’t speak Spanish at all. So, in fact, I wanted to go to Guatemala to study Spanish for 1 moths. Cos average tuition in Guatemala is cheap and basically most of lesson is one to one system. That’s the reasons why I wanted to go there. But I had no money poorly than I’ve thought, so I thought it would be somehow all right and went straight to Montevideo.
On 2 day since I got here, I went to his house. But on that day it was unfortunate that there was convention for serious political issue, which means he couldn’t accept any visitor as usual. The guy who is his guard and became my friend when I visited last time told me kindly so. But after the day, I’ve been thinking about something for nearly a month.
First of all, I can’t understand Spanish than I imagined. It’s quite serious problem. In my mind, there is some words that are similar to English, and somehow If I can feel what people are talking, I could understand. That what I thought before I get here. But it wasn’t so easy. Cos I knew I can’t even understand a normal conversation with friends at a hostel where I stayed. And I thought I can’t understand a political things even I can’t have a basic conversation first. I thought even if he accepts me pleasantly, I wouldn’t get much valuable information from him.

Secondly, I felt that I’m too ignorant about politics, world affairs, and world history, truly all.

And for the past month, I couldn’t afford to go to a language school, so I went to the library every weekdays and studied Spanish by myself.

For saving money, I’ve never eaten out, I cooked every day and reduced number of daily meal from 3 to 2 times. Average of my daily meal were about US$ 5. I ate almost the same thing everyday. For breakfast with lunch was bread with Caramel milk jam for taking more calories, for dinner I ate pasta with a pack of tomato source. When about 3 weeks past, some my friend started to say “Hey Kaito, you eat past again! Everyday pasta boy!” I was almost a pasta king haha.

It was almost a month that I decided to stop visiting him until I get better Spanish skill.  So I’ve been focusing on studying Spanish.











I personally like the country Uruguay.

The first thing I thought in Uruguay that is at the international airport Carrasco International Airport (MVD).  When I visited last year in Uruguay after I went through the  entry ports of Uruguay, there was the small tax free shop. I went through that shop and went to the lobby, there was just MacDonald for eat! Although there was only one small convenience store near the exit. On the second floor, there is an restaurant that looks fancy and expensive. And right in front of the restaurant, there is one more MacDonald! I thought I had no choice except to eat at MacDonald. So last year, when I visited Uruguay, I ate at MacDonald quite often. But this second time I haven’t eaten at there, because I turned to vegetarian.

Montevideo is a capital city in Uruguay. There is various companies gathered in Montevideo. So people gather in Montevideo seeking a job. The main street in the daytime is not very busy. But in the evening, many people returning from work and school, so it tarns to quite busy. On Saturday, the city is bustled by families with kids and couples during the daytime. On Sunday, in Ciudad Vieja where is one of famous area for sightseeing spots, there is many street markets and bustle until around 3 o’clock. But except that area, whole town is very quite as though no one lives or going out, that’s what I felt. When I was walking, cos most of houses were pulled down shouters.

Speaking of price, if you eat outside, it’s almost same as to pay in Japan, or Canada. Also you need to pay chip additionally. On the other hand, supply and daily necessary goods are not so expensive. Could be cheaper than in Japan or Canada. In this 1 months, I’ve never eaten outside. I cooked by myself at a kitchen in a hostel. For example about my foods, I ate pasta with tomato source almost everyday. 500g of pasta is about US$2, a pack of tomato source is about $2. So to use half of the pasta and the pack of tomato source, it’s about $3 for one meal. It’s in my case. Depends on what you choose.

My recommendation is to go to a street market where is few days a weeks. You could buy more fresh and cheaper vegetable and fruits than super market. Because it is coming from each farm house directly.

There is neither H&M nor Zara. There’s just few McDonald’s, Burger King and subway in downtown. But my impression is I don’t see many overseas enterprises in Uruguay, even in Montevideo. I think this country is not industrialized much. Maybe not trying. That my consideration. That’s what I like. But local people are dissatisfied with the shortage of jobs and the wages, That’s what I heard.


去年の暮れに一度ウルグアイを訪れて一番最初に思ったのは、モンテビデオのインターナショナルの空港 Carrasco International Airport (MVD)、ウルグアイに来るほとんど人が利用するこの空港に、出国口を出て小さな免税店があり、そこを通ってロビーに出ると、飲食店がマクドナルドしかない!小さなコンビニはあるけど。2階のゲート近くにもう1つレストランがあるけど、高級感があって高そうだし、オープン時間が限られてる。そしてその目の前にまたマクドナルド!もはや、マクドナルドを食べるというチョイスしかない。前回のウルグアイ訪問の時は、だいぶマクドナルドに世話になったが、ベジタリアンになった今、マクドナルドには1回も行ってない。

モンテビデオはウルグアイの都市で、色々な企業がモンテビデオに進出している。だから自然と人は仕事を求めモンテビデオに集まる。日中は一番の大通りもあまり人でごった返すことはなく静かだが、夕方になると仕事帰りの人や学校帰りの子供が多く見られ賑やかになる。土曜日も日中は親子連れやカップルで町はゆっくりとした賑やかさだが、日曜日は観光地で有名なCiudad Viejaはストリートマーケットが並び3時、4時までは賑やかだが、そこ以外は町のどこを歩いてもとても静か。町をぶらぶら歩いていても雨戸を開けている家が少なくて、本当にこの辺に人が住んでるのかな、と思うぐらい静か。