Argentina has some secrets. Most of them are well known for all the residents of Buenos Aires but for tourists, it can be pretty surprising. Things you need to know about Argentina. This are things Argentinians will not tell you.
1. The napkins are worthless
Let’s talk about the napkins that you get at the bars or restaurants. Most of them are worthless. Made of very thin paper with 0% functionality of absorption, cleaning or wiping. Have some pizza or empanadas and let’s start the challenge to clean your fingers and mouth with it. Buena suerte!
2. The waiting lines
A second Things Argentinians will not tell you. Sometimes we think it’s a secret hobby in Buenos Aires. The waiting lines are famous in Buenos Aires. People calculate it in their daily lives. Need to go to the bank? Oh, be prepared! Going to pay a bill at Rapipago? Yes, you guessed it right. Of course there are enough possibilities to do some tasks online but still, they form a line at the offices. And then we didn’t start talking about the supermarkets 😉
On the other side, Argentinians wait in line at the bus stops. Pretty well organized in a chaotic city.
3. Take your spices with you
The food in Argentina is delicious! That a fact without discussion but where are the spices? It’s known that Argentinians don’t like spicy food. But the use of different kinds of herbs or spices is not that common. Let’s open that pepper mill.
4. Be informed if you talk about politics
Argentina is a country with strong different ideologies and pretty polarized. Young and old Argentinians are well informed about their politics and sometimes it is a heavily charged discussion. A true complex political arena where you don’t want to get involved with. But Argentinians are more than passionate to talk about it when you ask some questions.
5. Feeling European in South America
Argentinians like to compare themselves with someone from Europe. Not surprisingly, because the majority of their forefathers migrated from Europe. However, sometimes you think they left their true cooking roots behind (yes, we are talking about the pizza’s in Buenos Aires 🙂 ) Also political there is a difference.
6. Protests everywhere
Almost every they there will be a protest in Buenos Aires. Maybe just on the corner of the street but also often a national strike or a union that feels it’s time to strike. And yeah, for every profession there is a union. Today the pilots, tomorrow the bus drivers, …