This is the first post of a series on living in Argentina. We have lived in Argentina for almost six months. We have learned so much in the six months we have been here and we have only touched the “tip of the iceberg”. We noticed differences in Argentina from the United States as soon as we landed in March. Some things are obviously different. Other things have taken more time to notice due to the subtle differences. I am very blessed to have made friends in the church we attend while in language school and around the community that have been very kind and patient and teach me things about Argentina. Here are two quick observations in starting this new series of posts.
- This country is huge! What is custom in one part of the country may be totally different in other parts of the country. I have two friends (a husband and wife) who have travelled a great portion of Argentina. They have shared with me the differences from province to province. They are from La Plata (where we are for language school), so there perspective has been very interesting. The greatest difference would be from greater Buenos Aires in comparison to the other provinces. Almost 33% of the country lives in greater Buenos Aires. Even so, there are differences between provinces and areas of the country, there are also customs they all share in common. This paragraph could easily be applied to the United States and a big city. New York City is a part of the United States, but people from upstate New York will quickly tell you that they are not like people from the big city.
- The need is the same! I don’t get this from my the six months I have under my belt. I get this from the Bible. Romans 5:12 is very clear, ” Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” With all of our differences, we are all in the same state until we believe on Jesus for our salvation. The whole world needs the Gospel of Jesus!
I don’t claim to be an “expert” on the customs and traditions of Argentina. I don’t even claim to be an “expert” on the customs of the United States and I have lived almost all of my life there. I do think this blog series will give you an interesting insight as to what life is like in Argentina.