So, I’ve been in Argentina for a little over 3 months now. It’s hard to believe it’s been so long- I feels like only a few days ago I was in the airport in Córdoba looking for my lost luggage! Because I had already had a month in the country when my Mendoza program started, it wasn’t super tough for me to adjust, and it was a very smooth transition in general. Actually, the initial “culture shock” I experienced in Córdoba wasn’t as difficult as I had expected, either. Yes, it was definitely tough having to communicate in a different language 24/7, and there were definitely a lot of customs to learn- el beso, for example. I was frustrated at times, for sure. But Argentina is a very European country, and because of this it didn’t take that much of a toll on me to adjust. Having experiences in 2 different argentine cities has been great, though, because I’ve gotten to see the differences between the two and also what seems to be consistent in argentine culture across the board. In Córdoba, for example, the people are known for being goofy and somewhat loco it’s a very young city (there are at least 8 or 9 universities in the capital city itself), so the nightlife is pretty hoppin. People here in Mendoza definitely know how to spend their weekends, but it’s not quite as crazy as Córdoba- there’s less people out at the boliches until 7 in the morning, but definitely enough to still have a good time 😉
The type of person who lives in Córdoba and who lives in Mendoza is also somewhat different. All the argentines I’ve met have been, without a doubt, some of the nicest, kindest, and friendliest people I’ve ever encountered. But, in Mendoza, people are a little more reserved and keep to themselves a bit more. Once you break into a group and they realize you’re not just some weirdo trying to make small talk with them (or maybe I am and just haven’t realized it yet 😉 ), they love you and want to spend time with you. But in Mendoza it takes a little longer. In contrast, the cordobes don’t seem to have any walls at all! From the moment you introduce yourself, the cordobes want to get to know you and be your friend, and after a brief charla (chat), they’ll probably want to add you on Facebook, get your phone number (or whatsapp number- EVERYONE uses it here!), and chances are good that they’ll invite you to an asado. Don’t get me wrong, that still happens a lot here in Mendoza- it’s definitely an argentine quality. Just the other day I saw a guy wearing a Packer shirt (the first I’ve seen since being here, but a refreshing sight nevertheless). I stopped to ask him about it, and after talking for less than 3 minutes he wanted my number so he could invite me to go out with him and some buddies! I was a little nervous of what the perceptions would be here of Americans, but they seem to love us and always have a million questions to ask- either that or they just want to practice their English 😉 Anyway, this post is getting a little long, so I’ll stop here. Thanks for following up until now, though- I hope you all are enjoying my rants!