Recently I spoke to some clients getting ready to travel to Argentina. We discussed several intangible aspects of their impending trip which was the las
t topic left to discuss. Everything else had already been covered: trip details, excursions, practical tips regarding transportation, security and what clothes to pack.
I told them that in my opinion there are two aspects of the country that are difficult to find in other parts of the world. The first is the majestic, varied and almost virgin scenery and landscape. The second is the people of Argentina. In order to truly enjoy the people it is necessary to be open to being surprised.
Argentinians love to talk about themselves and their country, so feel free to ask any questions that you might have. They will tell you millions of stories, some very personal, which will help you break down stereotypes and have a different mentality. You can start the art of chatting on the taxi ride from Ezeiza. With j
ust one question you will be able to enjoy the taxi driver’s (a mix of philosopher and psychologist) acute analysis of Argentina’s social, political, economic and cultural realities.
Argentinians cannot stand rules, so be prepared to be surprised at any moment. It is the opposite of Germany. People are almost always improvising because nothing is very stable. Everything changes. It is fun… if you are on vacation.
Argentinians are passionate about debating. Actually, they are passionate about everything. You will enjoy the extra boost of energy that fills their opinions about soccer, politics and religion. We are not moderate people. Don’t expect moderation.
And lastly, you can talk about anything and everything. There is nothing that cannot be resolved by talking. If the weather is bad and you prefer to postpone your excursion, no problem. Call, talk and the situation will be handled. We’ve developed the ability to adapt to any situation as a direct result of the consecutive changes that take place in this country.
So now you know. If you plan on traveling to Argentina, be prepared to enjoy the people!
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