Saturday, December 15, 2012
Things I Love About Argentina
If you know me or have followed my blog you know that I bitch a lot about Argentina. The fact is that I do love this country and I reckon it's time that I share some of the reasons for it.
I love my freedom in Argentina. Being an American I grew up thinking that the U.S. was the land of the free until I visited Argentina. In the States you better have a permit if you want to fart in public. In Argentina laws are more like suggestions. Sure, there is a price to be paid for everything but for my money....give me Argentina every time.
I love where I live. I am surrounded by mountains, rivers and lakes. Gauchos still herd cattle on horseback and everything is 20 years backwards of the U.S. Is it frustrating sometimes??? Sure it is. But, overall this is an incredible place to live.
I love learning a new language. While I still speak like Tarzan (in Spanish) I am finally getting to the point that I can understand and be understood in almost all circumstances.
I love the fact that when people ask me if making my whisky is illegal without a license, I don't care. The worst that might happen is the splash my name across a newspaper or two and the whole thing disappears. Like I said, most laws here are more like suggestions. Don't like a law? Ignore it.
I love meat. I love it when I'm invited for dinner that there will be ample amounts of once hooved animals on the parilla (bbq).
I love that when I ran out of gas some old guy in a very small car towed me to the next gas station. He wouldn't allow me to pay him or fill up his gas tank.
I love that my son has the opportunity to grow up here and still experience the U.S. from time to time. This is an amazing place to be raised. During the Spring, he rides a horse to school. Hell yes, he does! He lives on the Rio Grande. All his aunts and uncles are fishing guides. He loves to hunt and fish and there is plenty of it here. He is already a very good mountain bike rider, kayaker, swimmer, horseman, fisherman and jr distiller. Amazing experiences for someone his age....