The home of contrasts and passions
It is said that Argentina has 41 million national coaches in football. One for every Argentine. Whomever in Argentina have an opinion to express, loudly, not only of the local football club or the national team but also the milk prices, the mess in the streets and the corruption. Argentines are warm-blooded. A local saying goes that there are two things one can never change in life: One’s football club and one’s mother. To visit Argentina will no doubt mark the visitor for life.
The capital Buenos Aires is chaotic and classic. Breathtaking,flirty and surprising. And on some days stressful, extremely hectic and a real pain in the behind. Argentine are living on the edge. Literally as a nation because of an unstable political and economic climate for decades. Their passion for virtually everything in life shines through in everything they do. The moment, right now, is very important for Argentineans.
The contrasts are big in the world’s eighth largest country. From the earth’s largest waterfalls Iguazú in the northeastern rainforest-area on the border with Brazil to the agricultural pampas-belt in the middle to the top of the America’s: The highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere, Aconcacua, at the Mendoza wine-district on the border to Chile. From the Native American-embossed northwest on the border with Bolivia, where the Inca Empire had its southern border and further south to the mythical pioneer-region of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego – in many ways the end of the world. 3.500 kilometres lengthwise and 1.500 km across covering three climate-zones. Not to forget the white continent: Antarctica with several Argentine scientific bases.
It is said, by locals, that when God made Argentina the angles complained angels of the country’s many beautiful areas. Hence it´s nickname, the land of the seven continents. God thought it over – and then made the Argentines as a counterweight!
Argentina is just as colorful as the country’s natural and geography. Whether it’s the classic football-match between archenemies River Plate and Boca Juniors or a moonlight-walk in Buenos Aires’ newly modernized harbor, Puerto Madero, after a juicy red steak and some tasteful red wine.
Argentines are, genetically, the most European nation in Latin America. Just listening to their Spanish around Buenos Aires reflects the millions of Italian immigrants seeking fame and fortune here. Hords of Spanish, Germans, French, Welsh, Russians, Arabs, Croats and even Danish arrived to these coasts up until the Second World War.
Che Guevara, perhaps Latin America´s and Argentina’s most famous leftist icon, with was nicknamed Che although his real name was Ernesto. “Che” is one of the most common terms in Argentina, it means “hey” or “Listen here”.
So grab your phrase book and order a “birra” on the pavement restaurant, beer, though it is cerveza in traditional Spanish. Enjoy this beautiful country, in fact still one the most untamed and pristine on the planet.
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