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#Cultural Connection Week 2019 - Say hello to an Argentinian living Mexico! Will you come around?


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¡Hello everyone! My name is Mariela, and I am from Mendoza, Argentina; a land of mountains, valleys, and the best wineries in the country.

https://youtu.be/u9IIzNUtbvA



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.

https://youtu.be/2dGN9_GVx58


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. 🙂



Find out more about Cultural Connection Week and view other people’s posts about their cultures here.

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The "Mendoza, la mas bella" (Mendoza, the most beautiful) is written in the central square of the city, Plaza Independencia. The climate here is very different than in Buenos Aires, because the Andes take a cool breeze and the visible from every mountain peaks are permanently white from the snow. To the right and left we see shops with mountaineering and ski equipment, as well as tourist offices offering wine tours. But if you are a wine lover, Mendoza is a must, since here is the heart of wine production of the whole of Argentina, for which it is internationally known.


Malbec, although not a local variety (derived from the French), is now the "national" variety of the country. The finest and most famous Malbec are produced in the Lujan de Cuyo and Uco valleys, located in Andean shade at altitudes between 800 and 1,500 meters. The whole area and its potential have, in fact, attracted the interest of many well-known wine producers from around the world such as Michel Rolland and Alberto Antonini. In fact, the city is a base for excursions to the surrounding wineries, while another unique experience is to follow the gauchos, the famous cowboys of Argentina, on a horse ride in the Andes.


Mendoza itself is a relatively small city and easy to explore. We make our first walks looking for the central food market, where we immediately get in to see what Mendocinos (the Mendoza inhabitants) buy. For dinner we have a table at the restaurant of South American famous chef Francis Mallmann, "1884". It is a beautiful place with a nice courtyard, only for an evening out, where we ate the most delicious empanadas of the trip, meats baked with incredible mastery, while the dishes are used only for pure local products. During our stay in Mendoza, of course, we were fortunate to try Mallmann's cuisine twice more at local winery events.

The other two restaurants we discovered in the city are "La Barra Vinos & Carnes" (Belgrano 1086) and "Azafran", which in addition to tasty and juicy - as well as other - have a rich wine list. In particular, it is worth closing the table inside the cellar and choosing one of the 500 labels on the shelves of the best wineries in the area.


The next day of the trip is devoted to wineries. While tour operators offer too many different excursions, it is good to have your research done earlier and to know where you want to go because some wineries will not find them in organized tours. The ideal solution is a native driver who will take you wherever you want.



We visited Hellenic interests - Bodegas Krontiras and the information given by the oenologist Panos Zoumboulis led us to a separate hotel with 11 rooms and together vineyard and winery, Finca Adalgisa. It is a quiet paradise of the Furlotti-Moretti family, which has been living here for three generations and produces its own Malbec: huge rooms, a restaurant that serves great flavors and discreet service on the Wine Route.

  • A city with a huge cultural heritage that has been unchanged for so many years ... you reminded me of some of the most beautiful travels I have ever lived . 😀 Fatamorgana
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I like so much –maybe I love- our cultural and family tradición: we love to get together at the sidewalk on saturday afternoon for ‘salsa’ dance and get some beers or drinks. While we enjoy the twilight and the warm breeze coming from the sea.

I’m living now in Colombia’s southamerican country capital, Bogotá. But I was born in Cali, a middle size city, near of the Pacific sea. The tradition that I spoken is from Cali.
@Fatamorgana , thank you for posting all of this wonderful information about Argentina. Even though you are living in Mexico you haven’t lost your love and appreciation for your country.
I would so love to sit around a fire playing guitar with you. Do many people play guitar?
I was also intrigued by the photo of a class shere every student had his or her her own laptop.Do all student, have a laptop?

@Juam Berom , I hope you are healthy these days. It sounds like it would be such fun to dance in the streets like this.I can just feel that ocean breeze...so beautiful. Were there usually many people dancing?
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@Judith I love your hi. I am healthy but involved in a lot of medical routine by these days. You know Judith, some times my family only, sometimes some neighborhood's friends... for a number, between six or ten people... hugs.. thanks for chat..
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Maybe I realize right now I'm in the wrong chat?
@Juam Berom , it is good to hear from you again. This was a special week where people from all over the world can tell us about their country and culture. The person who started this thread comes from Argentina but is living in Mexico now. It is so interesting to read what everyone has to say about his or her country or culture. I have learned so much from reading what others have posted. Stay healthy!
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HI, @Judith thanks for your welcome.
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@Fatamorgana , thank you for posting all of this wonderful information about Argentina. Even though you are living in Mexico you haven’t lost your love and appreciation for your country.
I would so love to sit around a fire playing guitar with you. Do many people play guitar?
I was also intrigued by the photo of a class shere every student had his or her her own laptop.Do all student, have a laptop?

@Juam Berom , I hope you are healthy these days. It sounds like it would be such fun to dance in the streets like this.I can just feel that ocean breeze...so beautiful. Were there usually many people dancing?


Thank YOU Judith for your kind comments. Many people play the guitar in Argentina, yes, although not professionally. It is part of our folklore music.

Regarding the students and their laptops, there was a government plan some years ago that gave every child in public schools a laptop to study. I suppose the picture depicts those classrooms.

There are very good public schools in Argentina; some of them have good resources for their students, and many of them - unfortunately- don't.
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The "Mendoza, la mas bella" (Mendoza, the most beautiful) is written in the central square of the city, Plaza Independencia. The climate here is very different than in Buenos Aires, because the Andes take a cool breeze and the visible from every mountain peaks are permanently white from the snow. To the right and left we see shops with mountaineering and ski equipment, as well as tourist offices offering wine tours. But if you are a wine lover, Mendoza is a must, since here is the heart of wine production of the whole of Argentina, for which it is internationally known.


Malbec, although not a local variety (derived from the French), is now the "national" variety of the country. The finest and most famous Malbec are produced in the Lujan de Cuyo and Uco valleys, located in Andean shade at altitudes between 800 and 1,500 meters. The whole area and its potential have, in fact, attracted the interest of many well-known wine producers from around the world such as Michel Rolland and Alberto Antonini. In fact, the city is a base for excursions to the surrounding wineries, while another unique experience is to follow the gauchos, the famous cowboys of Argentina, on a horse ride in the Andes.


Mendoza itself is a relatively small city and easy to explore. We make our first walks looking for the central food market, where we immediately get in to see what Mendocinos (the Mendoza inhabitants) buy. For dinner we have a table at the restaurant of South American famous chef Francis Mallmann, "1884". It is a beautiful place with a nice courtyard, only for an evening out, where we ate the most delicious empanadas of the trip, meats baked with incredible mastery, while the dishes are used only for pure local products. During our stay in Mendoza, of course, we were fortunate to try Mallmann's cuisine twice more at local winery events.

The other two restaurants we discovered in the city are "La Barra Vinos & Carnes" (Belgrano 1086) and "Azafran", which in addition to tasty and juicy - as well as other - have a rich wine list. In particular, it is worth closing the table inside the cellar and choosing one of the 500 labels on the shelves of the best wineries in the area.


The next day of the trip is devoted to wineries. While tour operators offer too many different excursions, it is good to have your research done earlier and to know where you want to go because some wineries will not find them in organized tours. The ideal solution is a native driver who will take you wherever you want.



We visited Hellenic interests - Bodegas Krontiras and the information given by the oenologist Panos Zoumboulis led us to a separate hotel with 11 rooms and together vineyard and winery, Finca Adalgisa. It is a quiet paradise of the Furlotti-Moretti family, which has been living here for three generations and produces its own Malbec: huge rooms, a restaurant that serves great flavors and discreet service on the Wine Route.

  • A city with a huge cultural heritage that has been unchanged for so many years ... you reminded me of some of the most beautiful travels I have ever lived . 😀 Fatamorgana


Wow, thanks a lot TS. you made me travel to my homeland in a very warm and professional virtual trip. I hope you can go back to Mendoza, and that - hopefully- we can meet there eventually. Argentina is very beautiful, although its economy is terrible now. :(

I appreciate such a kind answer, and the time you took to write it and add those wonderful photos.

My regards,

Mariela.
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Wow!! Is very awesome your country and culture, I would like to know one day that wonderful place. I'm sure I'm going to enjoy those wonders a lot. I have friends from many countries!

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