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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.
The church continues to thrive in Cordoba and contributes greatly to the 412,095 members in the country. There are many stakes, wards and branches in Cordoba. A temple was recently announced and ground was broken on the 30th of October, 2010. It will the be the second temple in Argentina.
Steak, chicken, and spaghetti dishes are common meals. French bread is served at every meal, accompanied by juices, green salads with onions and tomatoes and an oil and salt dressing. In Cordoba many people drink mate with a small pastry for breakfast. Lomitos, which are grilled sandwiches filled with steak, cheese, fried egg, lettuce and tomatoes are popular too.
Buses are the main source of transportation. There are different bus lines headed to different locations of the city and province. If buses are unavailable in certain areas, a cheap taxi called a “remis” is the most efficient way to get to the designated location. Taxis are also available, but are more expensive. Remis’ aren’t taxi cars, but the owner’s individual car with a meter in it. A taxi is colored like any other taxi one would see.
There’s an airport that flies internationally in South America, but mainly makes routes to Buenos Aires. Also, travel buses are inexpensive and go to many places.
It is important to be alert while traveling and working in Cordoba. There are neighborhoods called “villas” which translates to “ghettos” and those should only be entered during daylight, or not at all. The government housing neighborhoods tend to be more unsafe than the older, mature neighborhoods.
Like all other provinces in Argentina, Cordoba shares in the Catholic holidays, celebrating the saints and significant figures in the Catholic faith.
Economically, Cordoba is a very sound place, with its infamous financial district. The country depends on the banks in Cordoba.
The Corteto is a popular musical choice, but the younger generation listens to pop, electronic and reggaeton.
Everyone says “Che” at the end of their sentences. It is a friendly term used for a variety of expressions, but mainly the word friend.
Packages make it safely to Cordoba, although sometimes they are rifled through before making it to the receiver. Some say pasting stickers of Christian figures helps quicken the process.
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