I thought I would make a list. I like lists as they mean that you return from the supermarket with only the things you really need. This list is not about the supermarket, although a supermarket is mentioned. This is a list of the things that popped into my head when I thought I would list the best of Argentina……and a few of the irritations.
1. The great outdoors
4. Another alcoholic beverage
5. Yerba de Mate, a non alcoholic drink.
6. Coffee, another non alcoholic drink.
Lots of passion. Great songs and traditions. Any player who is halfway good left Argentina, they may return to get married but they accrue weekly earnings in harder currencies than the peso. The local game is of poor quality. Yes, do visit for the atmosphere, songs and banners and enthusiasm. Better to watch the atmosphere than the field of play.
8. Service mentality
Not so much, even worse than Canberra? Strangely the expectation of a tip (in cash and only cash) is high.
9. Public Toilets
10. Stray dogs
11. Owned dogs
There is no illustrative photo here. Dog owners do not pick up their dog’s excrement. I saw one lady pick up after her dog in my weeks here. The evidence of others who had not picked up their dogs faeces, was plentiful. During the day feet have to be carefully placed on footpaths. At night feet have to be carefully placed on footpaths, but poor light makes this more difficult.
12. Traffic rules
13. Thirteen is unlucky for some. Certainly you are an unlucky Argentinian if you want to transact with a service provider. Processes and systems are slow, inefficient, unnecessarily complicated and paper bound.
At a Post Office in Salta, we waited a lifetime to buy a stamp – take a number wait until you are called. There were 60 people in the queue before us, one had died whilst waiting. Fortunately they were carried away by next of kin before they began to pollute. We stuck it out because we were fascinated. OK we left. We had a cup of coffee and came back and our number was still a big sum away from the front. If I lived here I would go mad. It is a country that requires patience. More patience than I have in my cuerpo. Oh by the way. when we got served the man behind the counter weighed our postcards. Yes, really, he weighed our postcards and then he charged us AUD7 for each for its journey to Australia. Wow. Inefficency comes with a high price tag.
14. Same electricity sockets as Australia