Argentina: Three Pairs of Eyes

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Sara Guan

Argentina: Three Pairs of Eyes

It goes without saying that unless you've lived in a place, you really don't know much about it. To find out exactly how big this gap is, I asked my housemates in Argentina three basic questions, and added my own responses in as well. Candela is my host in Argentina, and a member of AIESEC, and she has lived in Rosario her whole life. Isabella is another volunteer in Rosario working on a different project from me, and she's from Brazil. And I'm me, Sara -- New Yorker, Texan by birth, inadvertent traveler of the world.

1) What's the first thing you think of when thinking of Argentina?

Diego Maradona, for the uninitiated, is a soccer player.

Candela: The first thought I have when I hear "Argentina" is the huge diversity of cultures that we have in a same country. There is an enormous variety of weather and people have different traditions all over the country.

Isabela: When I think about Argentina I think of alfajor (a chocolatey dessert), [Diego] Maradona, asado (beef) and tango. 

Sara: Steak, tango and soccer. And also models?

2) What's Argentina's biggest accomplishment?

A monument to multi-culturality. Is multi-culturality a word?

Candela: I'm proud of how open we are towards other cultures. As we are a country that was built by immigrants from many countries, we are always very predisposed to listen to people from other cultures and respect them. Moreover, that happens not only with foreigners but with strangers in general, I think. We always try to be nice to people we don't know and we are known for trusting and gaining people's trust very easy by trying to make people smile or laugh. This also applies to people we met 5 minutes ago.

Isabella: I guess I'll always say that the most impressive characteristic from a country is its people, because really is the most important thing after all. The image people from Argentina have is of being passionate and proud of their country. The most popular example and where I can see this is when the subject is soccer. It's amazing how they love it and defend their soccer teams so proudly. And seeing them in these situations makes me think they are always like this when it's about their country.

Sara: Very good publicists? I know that before World War II, Argentina was one of the top 10 richest countries in the world, but beyond that my knowledge is ... nonexistent.

3) What do you think is a problem here in Argentina? 

Candela: Here in Argentina there 4 problems that I would like to stand out: poverty, inequalities, bad education and we need strong institutions in which we can trust. That's why from AIESEC Argentina we make our projects taking into account the SDG #1 (No poverty); #4 (Quality education); #5 (Gender equality) and #17 (Partnership for the goals). We strongly believe that young leadership is the solution to our problems.

Isabella: I don't know Argentina that well to say what are their problems but as a person who lives on South America I think I can say that social issues are really something that we struggle with. 

Sara: Again, nada. I clearly prepare to be unprepared for most of my life...

Anndddd...there you go. A truly honest look at how different people see the same country, based on where they live. In my defense, I live the farthest from Argentina so...I'm going to distract you with some food pictures.

Alfajor (n.): Chocolate-y, cookie-y goodness.
Did someone say meat???
Muy romantique -- am I doing this Spanish thing right?
Sara Guan

Hi! I'm a junior at Baruch College, minoring in English. The craziest thing I've ever eaten was snake blood pudding, and I like really spicy food. I've lived in Shanghai and New York City, and I've visited cities in Canada, Mexico, Turkey, Italy, Russia, the Netherlands, and Belgium. I also like to make crocheted stuffed animals. 

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