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Snapshot of Argentina – The official language of Argentina is Spanish; Argentine Spanish is distinct in that it uses voseo instead of the pronoun tú. The indigenous language Guaraní is also spoken in the northeastern part of the country. Argentina’s population descends from immigrants that came from many different countries (mostly Italy and Spain), primarily during the 19th and 20th centuries. The Roman Catholic church is the largest religious denomination in Argentina, and continues to influence Argentine culture and politics. The country has several universities that are run by the Catholic church. However, Protestant churches have been growing in popularity in recent years while participation in the Catholic church has been decreasing. Argentina has a very urban society, with very little of the population living in rural areas.
The country has strong traditions in literature, art, film, and theater. Tango music is a unique musical style that began in Argentina, though today cumbia, Argentine rock, pop, and electronic music are more popular. Many regions also have their own traditional folk music and dance styles. The most popular sport in Argentina is soccer, though basketball is also somewhat popular. One of the most popular meals in Argentina is asado, the Argentine barbecue. Beef is the most commonly-used meat, and the barbecues are also social events used to gather friends and family. Pork sausages are also commonly cooked at asados. Pizza, pasta, and salads are other common dishes, a result of Italian influences. Empanadas are popular snack items, and dulce de leche is used in many dessert dishes. Mate is a traditional drink in Argentina. A mate gourd or a cup is filled with yerba mate, hot water is added and then the drink is sipped through a metal straw with a filter called a bombilla. While the bitter drink is often drunk plain, sometimes sugar, orange peel, or other herbs are added for flavoring.
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Straight from the Argentina Bahia Blanca Mission field:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
“Marshmallows! My mom sent me a box of marshmallows and I made Rice Crispy treats and the members and investigators thought I was a professional pastry chef! But most grocery items are available in the larger cities.”
*What did you eat the most of?
“Meat, Empanadas, Pasta”
“Empanadas (meat, corn, and olives fried in pastry dough), noquis (a potatoe/flour mixture rolled into dough and then cut into small pieces and cooked) served with a marinara sauce, milanesas (breaded steaks), canelones (Italian enchiladas, not spicy), lots of bread and meat and more meat. Seldom if ever any beans and rice.”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Cow brain canalones (burrito style food).”
“Morcilla (blood sausage), and cow brains served in canelones. No me calle bien. ”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“Argentina is a third world country. The larger cities are great and provide many of the same luxuries as we have in the United States. But the smaller cities and rural areas have very little. Thankfully, most people are friendly and helpful. The members are AMAZING!”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Argentina Bahia Blanca Mission
“Don’t get discouraged if you don’t learn the language quickly. Argentines don’t speak Spanish, they speak Castellano. So it may seem a little foreign from what you’ve learned in school.”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“The success of your work has a lot to do with the success of your companionship. Learn to love and forgive your companion. Overlook little things. Be supportive and be willing to tolerate imperfection. As a junior companion, you may have an idea of how things should be done. Be patient. Learn what you can from your senior companion and when the time comes for you to be the senior companion you can be the leader. ”