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Don’t mess with the Mate

After people watching in Uruguay (and Argentina), I’ve come to realize just how big a deal mate is. Mate is a type of South American tea prepared with loose herbs, hot water, (sometimes a ton of sugar) and drunk with a special metal straw and specific curved shaped cup. You traditionally pass around the cup and share.

From what I can tell in Uruguay, the people don’t leave the house without their mate and thermos. It’s like: keys? Check. Wallet? Check. Mate? Check. But actually.

I was in Montevideo and it was a whopping 30+ degrees Celsius (that’s like 85+ degrees Fahrenheit) and literally every person on the street is totting their mate and hot water thermos. Nothing like cooling off at the beach with a hot, steaming beverage.


I don’t think you can consider yourself truly Uruguayan or Argentinian unless you have your mate within a two meter radius at all times.



This entry was published on December 16, 2012 at 11:12 am. It’s filed under Adventures, food and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “Don’t mess with the Mate

  1. Sold! I want a mate.

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