Friday, 8 January 2010

How you imagined Argentina: the one where I answer your comments and questions.

Sunrise at "Cordón del Plata", in the Andes mountains (Mendoza, Argentina).

I would like to start by wishing you a fantastic year 2010 and I hope you all had fun during the holidays! Now all the Season's glitter is over, the Three Kings came all the way from the Far East and left their presents (or not), the Christmas tree and decorations are gone ... and we are just left with the long winter days and maybe even with a little overweight after all those special meals we have been having? (sigh...)

And now keeping the promise I made to those of you who were so kind as to visit my post Imagining Argentina, here are my answers to your comments, questions and remarks:

buday said...
Oh, I was answering in my mind! Maradona, Messi, tango, Buenos Aires, beef (lots of it!), cowboys, del Potro (oh, Rafa!), it's at end of South America and is a VERY large country, Cordoba (hehe), Spanish is spoken, Evita, even more beef!

And I've never been there! (Sigh.)

BTW, your father looks like he danced a mean tango when he was younger. Coolness. :)

You got all that right, buday - except for the part about my father; you see, he was never much of a dancer, not even when he was young, apparently! My mother was, though...
And yes, you should know about Juan Martin del Potro, right? He beat your Rafael Nadal in the US Open last year!

Sandra said...
Argentina is in South America, Capital Buenos Aires, Spanish Language, Tango, Astor Piazolla, Evita Peron, Videla dictatorship, Maxima is from Argentina, dolce de leche, Iguaçu Park, Maradona,...

Great idea, Aledys!I want to know more :)
Besos :)

I was glad to read that you recognised Astor Piazolla! He is world-known as a composer but unfortunately, he's no longer among us...
I was also surprised that you knew about Videla and the dictatorship - a very sad and dark part of our recent history.

oranjeflamingo said...
Fortunately, I had answers for most of the questions, but I'm really looking forward to seeing and learning more from someone actually there! I've never been, but would love to go someday. The beef, alone, is enough to make me want to go! ;) A couple of my mother's cousins moved there from Scotland many many many years ago, but the family lost touch with them, unfortunately.

So, my friend, you are a beefeater! Well then, definitely Argentina is the place to go... On average, each person consumes about 70kg of beef a year in my country, which I think is the highest consumption rate in the world.
You should probably trace down those cousins of yours! You might get an invitation to visit them and you can go and see, ehem, I mean taste for yourself!

A g g i e Lap said...
My answers: no, I haven't yet been there | Located in South America | Spanish is spoken | Buenos Aires is the capital, and Cordoba is not another well known city | I know the mate tea, empanadas and dulce de leche I know the Iguazu Falls are famous and I had heard of la cordilla de Cordoba (I think) | music: I know a very famous Argentinean lady singer died at the age of 66 (I thinkg) a couple of weeks ago and that the president declared the day mourning day, but I don't recall her name, but I know so because it was in the Dutch news incl. newspapers | other celebrities: Evita, Maradona...euhh, who else, oh yeah: MAXIMA!! | what I recently heard of here in NL: Argentina qualified for 2010 World Cup | maybe to know more about Cordoba and other towns/cities in the future, since travel programmes focus more on Argentina. Great questionnaire, btw! :)

Wow, you are one of the best in the class! You sure know mate tea, but have you tried drinking it the traditional way yet? I would like to see you do that!
You have probably heard about the hills of Córdoba - I have posted myself a couple of pictures from there on this blog; plus, it is where I come from!
The lady that you were talking about was Mercedes Sosa, a popular singer of native music originally from the north of Argentina. She died recently and the news was on many European stations and newspapers since she was rather well-known.
Travel programmes in general, tend to focus more on Buenos Aires, the capital; or Patagonia and Iguazú, which are very popular tourist areas of the country, but not so much on Córdoba - so I'll have to do that part here in this blog!

JaPRA said...
Ok, I admit. I failed that test. I think I recognized three people in the line up (including Princess Maxima?). I love Empanadas, Argentinean steak (with chimichurri)... and yo hablo un poquito Espanol. I wish I could tango.

I would love to see more photos, of course. I hope you are having a lovely time!

But that's not failing, not at all! Yes, Princess Máxima was in one of the photos, she is Argentinean-born, as you probably know. You've had empanadas and Argentinean steak with chimichurri in Texas? That must be a brave man/woman, the one who dares to open an Argentinean steakhouse in ... Texas?
I'm sure there are some tango schools in your area, should you be interested some day! I've seen them even in small towns here in the Netherlands. After a couple of lessons you might be dancing like this:

Vagamundos said...
Hola Aledys. Well, we belong to the disqualified group :) We would never recognize Evita, we never saw Maradona (Pablo Aimar´s idol) play neither Astor performing ;) Puerto Madero??? Does it have good restaurants? If we had been there we would recommend El Campo ;)
Cordaba we don´t know at all so that´s what we want you to show us :)
Enjoy your holydays at the beautifull Argentina.

You've been Googling for all that information, haven't you?! That's called cheating! Now you have to write 1.000 times, "The parrillada in Argentina, is the best in the whole world." "The parrillada in Argentina, is the best in the whole world." "The parrillada in Argentina, is the best in the whole world." "The parrillada in Argentina, is the best ..."

A "parrillada" that I enjoyed during my last trip to Argentina.

M.Eugenia said...
Qué genial este post, se muchas mas cosas de las que pensaba... la foto del dulce de leche me ha hecho recordar la primera vez que lo probé, fue el día de la fiesta de la primavera en Buenos Aires.
.........Tengo que volver.

I still have to read your account of your trip to Buenos Aires! You celebrated the beginning of the spring (21st September) there? Did you go to a picnic in Palermo? I would like to read about that!

Droomvla said...
How about a picture of Patagonia? Someday.... I'm going to see that place. Someday! hahahaha

About the pictures, Evita, Maradona, Maxima (of course! lol), Che Guevarra??? (I thought he was Cuban), tango, bandeneon (bandoneon?), Astor Piazolla (I have CDs hehehe)...

The Patagonia argentina is certainly one of the most beautiful places on earth. I don't have any pictures from there - not from the digital era, at least - and the photos I do have, are in Córdoba, so I don't have them with me here.
Luckily, I have a couple of friends who have been to several places in Patagonia and have lots of wonderful pictures. Here are some of them:

©Patricia Sgrignuoli. Salto del Agrio, in the province of Neuquén, northern Patagonia (Argentina).

©Ramón Tello. Perito Moreno glacier in the province of Santa Cruz, southern Patagonia (Argentina).

©Ramón Tello. Whale-sighting in Península Valdés in the province of Chubut (Argentina).

©Miguel Nonay. Wale-sighting in Puerto Madryn in the province of Chubut (Argentina).
©Miguel Nonay. Isla de los Lobos in Tierra del Fuego (Argentina).

More photos from Calafate, Bariloche and pls pls pls: Ushuaia !!

I'm planning on visiting Bariloche this year when I go to Argentina to visit my family. I hope I'll be able to go - it's a bit too far from Córdoba, where I normally stay - about 1600 km. But it's one of my favourite places in Argentina and I definitely would like my husband to see it. The same goes for Calafate and Ushuaia. My parents lived in the latter for two years when they were just married.
I have a friend, Patricia, who recently went to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, or "the End of the World" as they call it. Here is a preview of what she saw there:

©Patricia Sgrignuoli, Ushuaia, in the Province of Tierra del Fuego (Argentina).

If you want to read her account of her trip to Ushuaia (and you speak Spanish, too!), you can visit her thread Ushuaia, Fin del Mundo o Principio de Todo, in the Skyscraper Page Forum.

Xoán-Wahn said...
It's a good thing I knew the answers to all of those questions, otherwise a lot of people would have been very angry with me! Great post, as always!

One thing, though: 'home-made dulce de leche' This just made me hate you a little! How lucky! I LOOOOOVE dulce de leche. I grew up on the stuff, which is odd now that I think about it. Argentine empanadas were also always a staple in my house. The only thing I haven't tasted is mate. I suppose that's as good an excuse as any to catch a flight down to Buenos Aires!

Well, Xoan, I am sure you can get dulce de leche over there! Or if you want to make your own, you'll find the recipe in my blog entry A Taste of Home: .... I just found out by reading your blog that you are an accomplished chef, so this should be easy as ... eating dulce de leche for you!

Sol said...
Hola Aledys
No creo que sea justo que desde Lujan Bs.As. participe de esta MARAVILLOSA encuesta.
Agradezco que haya personas COMO VOS que hagan conocer a nuestro país de la forma FABULOSA que lo hiciste en este post y en TODO tu blog!
Aprovecho para desearte una MUY LINDA estadia y que pases unos dias ESTUPENDOS junto a tus seres queridos!

Thanks a lot, Sol! Very kind and nice words...

thamarai said...
hey I knew at least 70% of the answers to your question..:)..I hope you are having loads of fun visiting family and of my friends is Argentinian and he too apologizes every time he says how he misses beef..:D.

Well, you will have to forgive me too, every time I post photos of barbecues or mention beef too!
I'm sorry, thamarai....

Apost(r)illada said...
I guess it's not fair if I participate in this poll... Anyway, great entry! Have heard lotsssssss of things about Máxima here in Netherlands. The funny thing is no one really knows here there!

And who would've known, that just a few weeks after you wrote this, you would actually get to see her in person in Groningen!!!
If anyone is interested in Apost(r)illada's account of her meeting with Princess Máxima, you can find it here. (in Spanish)

A Touch of Dutch said...
Beautiful photos! Enjoy your stay!

1.) I've never been, but would love to one day.

2.) Yes, I know exactly where it is in South America :-) Atlantic side, south on the continent, & I can point at the capital, Buenos Aires.

3.) Español!

4.) Buenos Aires & Cordoba.

5.) Dulce de leche & I can't forget about the steaks!

6.) Patagonia.

7.) I immediately think of the tango, but no particular artists come to mind...

8.) Besides Princess Máxima, Juan and Eva Peron.

9.) I remember hearing especially on the news about the Falkland Islands in the early 1980s.

10.) I've been learning all of the great things via your blog :-) So keep it up!

Wow, Isabella! Together with Aggie, you are among the best students in this class! A star for each of you!

~Lopa said...
To be honest, i had read this post yesterday, but i was ashamed of myself as didn't know answer of many of questions put here, putting a que for myself if i know nothing about this beautiful country more than it's name ! But then i realised, but now through your blog I am getting to know it better, and that is I am back to read it again...Thanks :)

That's the idea, Lopa! We can learn lots of things through our blogs. I surely need to learn more about your country, too...

EFRUTIK said...
1. South America, most likely I could point it out
2. Sultry Spanish
3.Buenos Aires, of course
4.Dulce de Leche!!!!!! Empanadas, yum, yum, yum. But I want the MEAT!!!!!
5.Not really
6.Tango, actually a story here. My b/f and I last year went to a free Tango session at our Uni., not to brag but I was told by the instructor that I have a future in the dance if I practiced. Sadly, my schedule was so busy we never went back :(. Argentine Tango dancers performed at our university last year, they were phenomenal!
7.Evita, Diego Maradona!
9.Umm to be honest not any time recent…right now it is all about the health care reform and other political junk. Plus in US to hear any international news you would have to dig or have cable networks, sadly :(

I would like to know how it really is living in Argentina. What people are like, how they are towards foreigners and what kind of immigrants live in Argentina
Does everyone really know how to dance Tango?

Enjoy your lovely vacation :)

Well, I wouldn't call THAT not knowing ANYTHING, EFRUTIK! A pity that you couldn't go on with the tango lessons! Some other time, perhaps...
People are in general, very friendly and open, very much like people from southern Europe are. Immigration in Argentina has been very important - actually, what the country is today, is a direct result of all the immigration we received during the last half of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. And no, not everyone can dance tango -which is a dance and a music typical of a very small area of the country, in fact!

Alejandra said...
Hola!!!! qué lindo!!! bueno, te pido disculpas por nopasar a visitarte, pero estoy con falta de tiempo, ahora tengo la pagina de viajes en Facebook, y cada vez me quda menos tiempo!!! Si necesitas fotos, tomalas de mi blog sin problemas!!!
te cuento que hoy o mañana podré un post que te va a encantar!!! el domingo pasado fue en Cañuelas la Fiesta del Dulce de Leche y me acordé de vos, vas a ver qué fotos!!! una delicia!!! besos porteños.

Thanks a lot, Alejandra! I hope you had lots of fun in that Dulce de Leche Festival in Cañuelas, I would have loved to be there!

workhard said...
I barely know anything about argentina except that u can find llamas..What a lovely place!!! The pictures are really beautiful and the food looks delicious...

Actually, I not only saw lots of lamas in my trip to the north of Argentina during my holiday, but also got to feed them in a farm where we stayed for a couple of days! I will be posting the pictures soon. Thanks!

cordobaliving said...
Aledys, I liked this entry very much. And I'm not alone, judging by the large quantity of comments. Congratulations!

Thanks! I hope you will continue to enjoy visiting my blog from time to time!

And thanks a lot to you all for participating in the quiz and leaving your comments!

I would especially like to thank Patricia Sgrignuoli, Ramón Tello and Manuel Nonay for allowing me to use their photos here! By clicking on their names, you can see more of their photos or read about their travels in Argentina. Thanks for your generosity, my friends!



Está genial la entrada, que recuerdos¡¡¡, el tango, el dulce de leche, las parrilladas, el cordero fueguino... ayyyyy, tengo que volver y visitar lugares que desonozco como Cordoba, Neuquen, Bariloche...

Me ha hecho muchísima ilusión ver una de mis fotos aquí, como te he dicho es todo un honor, y puedes usar las que gustes.


A Salto De Mata

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

What an interesting post, Aledys! Based on the photo of that parrillada, I am definitely putting Argentina high on my list of places to go soon! ;-)

Aledys Ver said...

Qué bueno que tengas lindos recuerdos! Uys, el cordero patagónico...! :o)
Claro que tienes que volver, espero que sea pronto!
Gracias por "prestarme" las fotos!

Thanks a lot! And well, if you like meat, that's one more reason to go visit my country!

Vagamundos said...

First of all, Happy New Year! Great come back from your holydays in Argentina. We are eager to read all about it. And we didn´t cheat, we have been there :)

Aledys Ver said...

I know you weren't cheating, I was just kidding!
A Happy New Year to you, guys, as well!! I was just about to read your latest entry from Portugal!
Thanks for stopping by!

~Lopa said...

What a fantastic idea ! you replied to each and everyone's comment, created a whole post out of it, gave so much of information about this beautiful country and superb pictures.... Excellent Aledys !

Aledys Ver said...

Thanks a lot! Well, you wanted to know more - there you go! :o)

A g g i e Lap said...

I love the way you've answered our questions in this post! It's very interactive and fun!! I often heard that Patagonia is indeed one of the most beautiful places on earth. Well-known (in the French world) French singer, Florent Pagny, shares his life between Patagonia and France.
I was also familiar with Ushuai mainly because there is a French TV programme called USHUAI (which is about the planet, travelling, nature etc) which was named after that place. It's so nice you're mentioning all these places within one country; it reminds me that I had heard of these places but forgot to make the connection with Argentina :) These pictures from Patricia, Ramón and Manuel are really stunning! Thanks for sharing!

Aledys Ver said...

THanks for your comment on this!
I hadn't heard of Florent Pagny - I'm going to look him up on the internet, you got me curious.
About Ushuaia - it's a very special place for me - I grew up hearing about it, because my parents went to live there after getting married.
Yes, the photos are stunning, aren't they!

Anonymous said...

Oh, that parrillada looks wonderful!

Thanks for sharing all those lovely photos, as well as all the information. I've known OF Patagonia for years, in a very general sense, but it's only been in the past five or so that I actually found it where it was!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I've been studying in BA since last year and I didn't have the change to travel arround. I was cheching an Argentina travel guide and Mendoza seems to be one of the best places to visit in this time of the year.

Aledys Ver said...

There are many cool places to go during the summer in Argentina (this time of the year, over there, it's summer, right?) and one of them, is Medonza, yes. The rivers are normally full by now and they form rapids, which provides fun for rafting, for example.

A Touch of Dutch said...

I appreciate what you share about Argentina! I learn very much from you about it & truly would love to visit it one day, and with the help of your sharing it's moving higher up my list each time :-)

Droomvla said...

These pictures from Patagonia are sooooo beautiful. Thank you so much for posting them. I really love them! :D

Such lovely country... Argentina, that is! Like I said, SOMEDAY! lol

Presépio no Canal said...

Helooo :) Aledys!!

Your country is beautiful and Piazolla is passion,life,joy and sorrow, is marvellous..:)Tango is for me the most beautiful dance in the world, oh yes!
One day, I would like to go to Buenos Aires and Iguacu Park, your posts about Argentina will be useful :)
Keep in touch!
Besos, my dear!

Aledys Ver said...

I can say the same about the information and photos that you share of your part of the US! Until I can actually go there, I can "travel" by reading your posts and looking at your pictures ;o)
Thanks for your comments!

I hope you can really go there one day! Thanks for stopping by!

I'll be posting an account of my trip to Iguazú in the future, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, if you want, take a look at blogger Miguel Nonay's blog: "A Salto de Mata" (it's in my blogroll) and look up for his posts about Argentina. He has some beautiful photos!
Thanks for visiting!!

Anita said...

O ja ! Stunning photos indeed. I still need to pay more visits to Argentina in the next years. More of Bariloche, Patagonia, Ushuaia en Cordoba, of course !

Aledys Ver said...

Of course! And there's Mendoza, the Northwest, the Northeast... plenty of places and so different from each other!
I have to do more Brazil, too, by the way!
Thanks for your comments!

thamarai said...

A great idea Aledys..:) I loved this post, and please there is nothing to apologize about...

buday said...

Aledys, are you trying to kill us with that picture of the parillada? You just tore my New Year's resolution to shreds, hahaha!