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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 majority of this area is rural farmland. There are few cities in the Chaco area. The majority of congregations are branches with 30-40 active members. The cities foster wards that are larger in numbers. Members travel to one of two nearby temples. The Paraguay temple is just north of Resistencia, while the Buenos Aires Temple in Argentina is south of the city.
There are two main dishes commonly eaten in the homes, Guiso, a noodle dish with beef and red sauce and milanesa, breaded chicken or beef. These are fairly inexpensive and filling dishes that are eaten during lunch time.
Lunch is the main meal of the day. Breakfast consists of a pastry or piece of bread and a hot drink/tea, usually Mate. Around 8pm dinner is prepared, but it’s more of a light meal to finish the day.
A quick food that everyone loves are the empanadas. They are filled with a variety of tasty meats and flavors. They are a great weekend food, appetizer or meal.
In Resistencia there are paved roadways and bus systems that transport people all throughout the city. There are taxis as well.
As mentioned earlier, there are great farmlands throughout the area, and many dirt roads. A bus will go to a certain part of the area, but walking to a final destination is very common in the countryside.
It is very safe in the Resistencia area. The people are very friendly, but there are some neighborhoods that are off limits at night. With parties and holidays, there’s always more alcohol, which allows drunk men to be more vocal, but they aren’t harmless. For the most part everyone is good-natured and respectful.
Holy Week is a major time for people to stop work and celebrate the Easter experience. Thousands of chocolate eggs and goodies are made during this time of year. There is also a lot of social drinking during this week, so take caution on the streets.
The World Cup is an excuse for everyone to stop work and watch the games, especially if Argentina is playing. Soccer is a way of life in Argentina. Everyone plays it, loves it and watches it.
Although the mission is very hot, there is a good month or so that sweaters and coats are needed.
There’s a siesta time, which means every afternoon after lunch, there’s a “nap time” and people take a timeout from their jobs and rest at home for a few hours.
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