¡Hello everyone! My name is Mariela, and I am from Mendoza, Argentina; a land of mountains, valleys, and the best wineries in the country.
One of the traits I most love about my culture is the sense of friendship
. Argentinians love to improvise meetings in the middle of the week, gather to have some drinks and – if you’re lucky enough to have the time, and a little garden- play guitars around a bonfire.
Our homes are usually open to welcome the people we love, and we are open to meet strangers without prejudice.
A common misconception people have about us is that we are arrogant and smarty, and although it is true in some cases, after living in Mexico for almost 7 years, I have come to the conclusion that what is perceived as arrogance and a tendency to impose ourselves has to do with a cultural trait that could be better defined as self-confidence and openness. It is widely agreed that Argentina is a very cultural country where psychoanalysis is everyday language. Argentinians do therapy and read a lot of psychology, sociology and philosopher, and even when they don’t, most people enjoy talking about those topics. From childhood we are invited to express what we think and justify it – which does not mean that we always right or wise- but we tend to try to prove our viewpoint with arguments. Such attitude might give the impression of being too aggressive or determined in our views.
In México, on the other and, people are more reserved and – in general- much less confrontational, which I find sometimes distressing.
Education in Argentina is very good, and the public school keeps being the best educational offer, which means that if you go to school you will surely get a solid cultural background and professional stance.
Another big difference between these two countries, that highlights my cultural traits, is that Argentinians families are more equitable regarding children raising. Couples tend to share domestic activities, which helps us a lot as women if we want to combine being a mother, with our professional life.
Even if the gender agenda is still in low progress in Argentina, there is a substantial cultural difference between our views and the Mexican approach to patriarchy. In that regard, I feel very proud of my country.
Mexico, on the other hand, is a vast universe to explore, and as I have two Mexican kids, our home is a good intercultural mix.
At home, we listen to Argentinian folklore, tango, and rock. Our music is very well known around the world, even in Japan, where – for instance- Mercedes Sosa is an idol (even when she only sang in Spanish). I leave here some links to her music, and to our tango, in case someone would like to listen. Mercedes and her son were both great friends of mine, and I had the privilege to take part in that kind of meetings I mentioned before, where we shared unforgettable moments with guitars, around the fire.
In Argentina the food is very European. Our typical food includes empanadas (a sort of meet or vegetables pastries), and the famous Argentine barbecue made with firewood. Children’s favourite meals are spaghetti with tomatoes sauce, and milanesas with French fries and fried eggs.
My family loves cooking, so – if you like to make new friends, eating with no interfering diets and are just around Querétaro, just let us know! We will be delighted to meet you on this side of the screen for a not so virtual toast.
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#Cultural Connection Week 2019