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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 grow in Salta. This last year the church expanded the missions in Argentina, adding the Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia and Argentina Posadas mission. There is one temple in Argentina in Buenos Aires, but the Cordoba temple is currently under construction.
Salta knows how to do food and they create scrumptious dishes. Of the many traditional meals, there are a few that can’t be forgotten. Empanadas are a staple for Salta. Empanadas are fried/baked dough filled with ground meat, onions, and potatoes. This mixture is seasoned with paprika and ground pepper to the taste. Unlike other Argentine provinces, a traditional meal in Salta consists of Humitas, which are similar to tamales in that they are prepared with a corn, but filled with onions, and tomatoes. Each Humita is boiled in a corn husk, before being served. Frangollo is a soup much like Locro, but it is a vegetarian dish and has distinct ingredients like orange peals.
Although there are distinct Argentine foods in Salta, the traditional Argentine meals like the asado, milanesa, and noodles with chicken are typical evening meals.
Mate of course is a hot herbal drink that all Argentine’s drink. There are several types of mate, and people have their own distinct flavors they choose to mix and sip on. Drinking mate is a very social activity as much as it is a part of the daily diet. People of all ages drink mate.
Lunch is the biggest meal prepared. People stop work, go home and eat their main meal, lunch! Dinner is served between 8-10pm. Breakfast isn’t a big meal for the Argentine people, but consists of a fruit or piece of bread and juice or cup of mate.
In the city of Salta, taxis and private taxis (remiseros) are the only way for transportation, besides walking. Traveling outside of the city allows bus options and train options.
Salta is a relatively safe. There are a few precautions to take. The drivers in Salta are recognized for their lack of safety. Be careful crossing the streets. There are some neighborhoods that aren’t welcoming when night falls, but those neighborhoods are generally safe in the day time. It’s important to talk to the locals about unknown areas. The people in Salta are very friendly and generally look out for the safety of others.
Salta is full of culture in all its forms. It highlights many Spanish elements in its city. It was founded by a Spanish explorer, and has kept a great part of the Spanish style. There were disputes in Salta during issues of land in South America, and through these challenges, they acquired more outside influences from Europe.
The arts are very important to Salta. Folklore music in Argentina originated from Salta, there are a variety of museums and theatrical houses. Salta is Argentina’s artistic gem. There are many festivals, exhibits and activities to honor the arts and beauty of Salta.
The mailing system can be tricky. Large packages could cost a lot to retrieve from the Post Office. There are fees on most packages. The mailing system in Argentina does not respect the privacy of personal items and freely opens and even takes things from these packages. Letters can take many weeks for delivery, but may also come quickly.
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