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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 Argentina, Rosario mission hosts approximately 72 missionaries that are spread out in many areas, both in the rural and cityscapes of Santa Fe. The closest temple in Argentina is in Buenos Aires, and the second temple in Argentina is currently being built in Cordoba right now. There are 412,095 members in Argentina, but that number continues to grow each week. Two new missions were added to Argentina, because of the progression of the work, and the Rosario mission contributes greatly to that success.
Of course Rosario prepares the traditional Argentine foods like empanadas, asados, and milanesa. Yet, there are some typical foods that the province of Santa Fe definitely enjoys. The “Bagna Cauda” would remind one of fondue, except for its flavor of various spices creates its own unique taste. This dish is from Italy, which has a strong influence on many of the foods in Santa Fe.
Noodles, with red salsas are a common and inexpensive meals for lunch or dinner options. Another common dish found in Rosario, along with other Argentine provinces are the “Carlitos” which are toasted sandwiches filled with meat, egg, cheese and perhaps butter or mayonnaise, or “Panchos” which are typical hot dogs.
There are a variety ways to travel in Rosario. Transportation continues to progress and increase in opportunities for public options. In 2012 new bus lanes were instigated, followed by cycling lanes and pedestrian walkways. The city focuses on sustainable and effective transportation and continues to improve current transportation options.
To ride a bus throughout the city, prepaid plastic cards are purchased and charged while on the bus. These are rechargeable cards, which makes it easier to travel throughout the city and province.
Trains for greater distances, like a trip to Buenos Aires is optional on the Nuevo Central Argentino (NCA).
Taxis are available throughout the city, along with private taxis.
The safety in Rosario is similar to other locations in Argentina. It is a city, so the probability of running into an unfortunate event is more likely, but still very uncommon. It is more than safe to be out in the streets without a worry, but that’s not to say one should be unaware of his/her surroundings. Keep your belongings inside of your bags and zippers on purses and bags are best to travel with.
Rosario highlights and is proud of the beautiful architecture in the city. It is the second largest city in Argentina, preceded by the city of Buenos Aires. It is also a very supportive community of the arts, especially music, fine art and theater. There is a plan to construct a large music complex called “Puerto de la Musica” which will become the largest music complex in Latin America. The theater performances hold an Italian influence, and there are many museums displaying the work of many fine artists.
Along with the arts, Rosario emphasizes the importance of innovation through science, philosophy and law. Museums like the planetarium, the Experimental Science Museum and the Observatory are all places to recognize the progression of Rosario.
Mail in Rosario, Santa Fe can be a little complicated. Once mail has left another country and enters Argentina, fees are tacked onto packages. The system itself lacks efficiency and reliability. There may be occasions when one does not receive a package or letter because of the inconsistency of the mailing system or the time of year. It’s common for packages to be opened and rifled through before making it to the destined receiver.
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Straight from the Argentina Rosario Mission field:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
“Microwave, washer/dryer, peanut butter, I love pickles and I missed not having them the most, warm water, heater, air conditioning”
*What did you eat the most of?
“Pasta, beef, bread”
“Flavorless Rice and Pasta. Never seasoned, except with Salt. Also, a lot of raw onion, sliced tomato, and oil (they call it a “salad”).”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Horse meat and locro (soup containing every part of the pig including hairy skin”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“The drinking of mate”
“The quality of life was so much lower. Being in a poor situation is one thing… sleeping on the same moldy, bug infested mattress is another.”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Argentina Rosario Mission?
“Get very warm clothes. You can never get warm in the winter”
“Sacrifice=Blessings. Become what the Lord can make of you by relinquishing yourself to Him.”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“More about the culture and the language”
“How to love”
“Be prepared; the Argentinian people are known to be the most prideful in all of Latin America Source: Every Other Latin American”