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My 10 Observations

ARGENTINA | Sunday, 21 February 2010 | Views [584] | Comments [1]

1. I´m the only one who drinks milk ¨straight.¨ Everyone else drinks it as tea and milk, coffee and milk, or as a fruit smoothie.

2. Remember TANG? They love drinking TANG. 

3. Its common for all ages to take a ¨nap,¨ or at least, to rest during midday. Its common to say ¨la hora de siesta¨ (the siesta hour) when you want to arrange a meeting or class between 3 and 5 pm in the afternoon. But remember this culture eats dinner late (10 pm) and stays up late everyday, so a midday rest is essential.

4. In the States, we have Public Schools, well, in Cordoba, they have Public Universities, therefore students can go to college for FREE here!  It seems to be a well-kept secret because Americans can come here too and get a free/low-cost college education! Hmmmm....that is definitely an incentive to be bilingual.

5. Up until 1987, It was ILLEGAL to get a divorce in Argentina, for any reason!

6. It is very common to ¨share¨ a beverage...what I mean is that you drink from the same glass or straw.  An example of this is their famous tea called MATE (pronounced Mah-tey). Also in nightclubs they offer¨large drinks.¨ What we do is order ONE drink between a group of 2 or 3 people and then share it until its gone and then buy another one. You would think everyone would catch colds this way, but I´ve never been sick one day since living here in Cordoba.

7. Instead of spaying a female dog or cat, they have birth control pills for their pets. Its a popular alternative.

8. Red Meat consumption in Argentina is almost twice that in the US, but Chicken consumption in the US is twice that in Argentina. On average, each Argentinian consumes 70 kilos (154 lbs.) of BEEF a year and an American consumes 45 kilos (99 lbs.). On the other hand, an American consumes 50 kilos (110 lbs.) of CHICKEN a year, and an Argentinian consumes 25 kilos (55 lbs.).

9. If your TV, radio, blender, or any other household item doesn´t work, they don´t buy a new one, they get it fixed. Buying new is not an automatic option like in the States.

10. Doctors make house calls and the cost is very reasonable!  Its very common for parents to call a doctor in the middle of the night to make a house call when their child is ill or has a fever, etc.



Some very interesting observations. Sounds like some good things we should have or bring back to the States. Tho, lives here have become way too busy for so many people to ever again slow the pace down like it should be. Not too sure about the sharing of beverages-tho thru a straw won't be so bad.

  Marilyn Mar 9, 2010 11:46 AM

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