Questions II: Answering Dad’s Comment

So this post is directed towards Dad’s comment on my last blog.  I decided to make it a whole new blog though because it turned out long.  Keep in mind I’m speaking to Natalie so I don’t use proper grammar sometimes and you might not get inside jokes.  It’s also visually unstimulating (new camera on FRIDAY!!! I CAN’T WAIT!!!) Sorry.  I didn’t intend to make it a whole blog at first.  Here is Dad’s original comment:

In a lot of ways, the US isn’t that great 😛 so I can see there are a lot of things you DON’T miss about home (besides the people n shit). Do you miss the Colorado sun at all? I know that’s something I’d miss on a daily basis. I also don’t know how movie theaters/music releases/shopping is down there, but do you miss any of that? Being able to go to the movies for (somewhat) cheap the day it comes out? Or am I assuming too much now, and that Argentina actually goes get movies/music right away? I could be wrong here, so please correct me if I am.

Things I WOULDN’T miss about the U.S. right now:
-Goddamn political ads/Republican vs. Democratic tension
-Having to drive everywhere. It’ll be nice to move to a big city where I won’t have a car–won’t have to pay for gas, won’t have to transport my ass lazily across town. I’ll walk, ride the bus, take the subway, get a taxi, or some other mode of transportation. I know, first world problems.
-some old scene in Old Town every weekend
-Stupid hillbilly hicks from Wyoming comin down to the big Fort only to make racist jokes about the only 2 Arabs in line to Bondi
-LGBT hatred–no, really, it’s gotten a lot worse ever since I became AWARE of it. There’s some acceptance, but the U.S. really has some prejudice and hatred towards this group, too
-Never seeing anybody racially different from myself. Never MEETING anybody culturally different, either. Stupid vanilla-valley poshy Fort Collins….
-Hearing “Good Times” over and over again on the radio. Gotta be kidding me, it’s as bad as Call Me Maybe but I hate Owl City and Good Times is just the most annoying song I could possibly imagine playing over and over again (not to mention a handful of other songs on the top of iTunes right now. I will NOT miss the U.S.’s horrible taste in music)
-seeing an intense concentration of trucks and Hondas. Not to hate on my truck, I love my truck :), but I rarely see a nice/foreign car like a Porsche, Ferrari, or BMW.
-I really will NOT miss the intense Colorado wind. It’s been bad this season, like a hurricane out my window 😦

Love you Autumn! ❤ miss you all the time.

 

1.     Yes I miss the Colorado sun.  But it’s almost summer here and I really love the sun right now.  It rains a lot…but I don’t actually mind it. I think it’s really cool actually because we never get rain like this in Colorado.  The humidity…not a big fan but it’s not miserable yet so I reserve the right to judge it later.

2.     Argentina isn’t a third world country.  Of course they have movie theaters and music.  Hahaha I am sure I wondered the same thing back in the US but really it’s not like they haven’t discovered the wheel yet.  I’m not chastising you 😛  But they have everything we have pretty much except milk cartons (milk comes in a bag…) and good cheese (had to mention that one again…seriously.)  Movies are expensive though.  I went to see Batman when I first got here and tickets are like twelve bucks…and you know what a cheapass I am so that’s the only movie I’ve been to see here.  Sometimes they have two for one deals on like Wednesdays or something but eh. I’m not a huge movie buff and I download things illegally if I really want to so….yeah.  The movie theater was four stories though 😛  Our movie was on the fourth floor haha It was kind of cool.

3.     As to music—I download everything.  So no different.  The music that plays in clubs is different sometimes.  Like they get all the top hits (most of the top hits I think, although I don’t really listen to the radio); my friends are a bit obsessed with LMFAO haha it’s kind of cute.  Some clubs play Latin music.  Some play the same type of stuff that Bondi does (although I haven’t found one that I enjoy as much as Miguel’s DJing…I’m actually not a huge fan of the boliches here.)  It’s hit or miss with me really. 

4.     Shopping.  Oh god.  I have such a hard time walking down Santa Fe every day.  And I’ve lost all sense of how much things cost.  I’m starting to think in pesos instead of dividing everything by four to give me an idea of how much something costs…but things are much more expensive here (I think…I just honestly don’t know any more haha)  But Santa Fe has divine window shopping.  It killllllls me.  I fight my consumerism every day and it’s a bloody battle let me tell you.

5.     Political ads aren’t as intense down here, you’re right.  But this isn’t an election year yet and they have strict rules regarding campaigning.  That being said, I’ve mentioned several times before how much more politics there actually are—or at least how much people care.  I don’t understand it that much though.  There’s not two main parties…there’s several and they all have rich histories.  They just had another “marcha” on the 8th of November; people seem to pay a lot more attention to politics and I do too now.  But I actually like it. I’m enjoying actually giving a shit haha it’s strange.

6.     And you say same old scene in old town.  Well, I kind of miss being on first name basis with the bartenders.  And knowing where to go that I’ll have a good time for really cheap.  Too many options here…and everywhere charges cover.  They have promos a lot that fool you into thinking you’re getting a good deal, but I miss the times when al
l I needed to get into the club was a good fake.

7.     LGBT stuff.  Yes.  I know.  It is bad in the states.  We seriously need to get a grip.

8.     Racially different and ignorance hahahaha yeah.  Umm everyone here is pretty explicit about the race thing.  No one is politically correct and they’re openly racist.  I mean in some ways it’s kind of abrasive but in some ways it’s refreshing (not the open racist part but people are allowed to say what they think…and of course I fit right in 😉 )  It’s common to hear someone talk about how all the Chinese people hire immigrants from Bolivia to work at their fruit stands.  It’s the truth though.  Like I can’t explain it.  But you should realize how many people you do see on a regular basis that are racially different.  I didn’t until I came here and made friends with a black guy in our program (Alex.)  He’s definitely a rarity here, and people notice.  Despite being like 6 million people swarming the streets in the center of the city where I live and go to school every day, I hardly see anyone who’s black.  The states, even Fort Collins, are more racially diverse (or at least we mix together…here there are many different races but they just don’t hang out together.)  And that’s saying something.   When my host brother said he’d never talked to anyone Asian outside of a chino we compared Facebook friends lists.  Seriously.  They all have like the sammmmeee names too, or at least it feels like it so I have the hardest time remembering them.  Actually, I recently found out when my host sister had a baby that Argentina has a list of names that are preapproved and you can name your kid.  You can’t legally name them something that’s not on the list.  If you want, you can petition for another name…but it’s a long complicated process through embassies of other countries where that name comes from and such, AND on top of that everyone uses nicknames.  For example, my host siblings are Tomás—Tomi, Guillermo—Guillo or Guille, Lucrecia—Lucre.  My friends here all use them too (except for Sol because, well, you can’t make Sol much shorter J )  My friend Marianita has begun to call me Otoñito and Oto for short!

9.     And I haven’t heard Good Times here, but I hear other things over and over again that I just don’t understand.  I have poor taste in music sometimes too. L Lauti (Lautaro) makes fun of me because I have some Justin Bieber songs on my phone.  And I don’t even want to talk about Selena Gomez or Tatu….  I hang my head in shame but they’re so catchyyyyy! (P.S.  I’ve realized that I’ve been picking up some Leahismmmmm.  A lot of people do it here over facebook chat and such, and it’s hard not tooooo! Hopefully you still love me though.)

10.  The cars here are way different too. Most all of them are manuals, so the light system goes from yellow—red—yellow—green.  That way the cars have time to switch gears in busy traffic.  And I hardly ever see trucks.  Lauti thinks he owns a truck.  But poor dear doesn’t know it’s a makeshift jeep.  I love him all the same but I know it would probably shatter his naiveté to see the jeeps of my brother’s friends.  They all weld their own fancy parts and take them up in the mountains and such.  I don’t know what he’d make of your truck (which is actually a truck.)  I miss your truck though.  So many great memories haha

11.  Colorado wind is nothing compared to what I was subjected to when we pretended to go “trekking” in the Patagonian peaks of Ushuaia. It was incredible.  Similar to Wyoming winds I suppose but even stronger. 

 

I promise a new blog is coming soon too.  I know it’s been like a month but I can’t even begin to make you all understand how busy I’ve been having too much fun and such.  It’s about my birthday J

 

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About Autumn Standing

I love words; my name is made up of real words, even. I am studying Global Tourism and Spanish with a minor in Business Administration at Colorado State University but this year I chose to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. That's why this blog was born--to keep my beautiful family and friends informed of my whereabouts, thoughts, accomplishments, and mistakes.

Posted on November 12, 2012, in Fall Semester, Travel and Study and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. YAY! Thanks for responding 🙂 it’s good to hear about all that! I’ll stay tuned for you birthday blog!

  2. And yes, I stilllll loooovvveee you! lol

  3. It’s interesting to read this jaja, an external point of view :)sorry, needed to add some comments:Milk DOES come in cartons, also bottles and bags, but bags are cheaper and they don??t last as long as cartons… CHEEESEEE, you definitely didn’t try the good ones (buy some pategras, reggianito or sardo… there’s also your precious cheddar in slices)i’m proud about gay power here, i see it as an evolutive progress, but theres a lot to change yet….

  4. Thank you Owl 😛 It makes me grin that you used that name haha. And I haven’t seen milk in cartons yet! I kind of love that it comes in bags–it makes me feel better about my carbon footprint although I’m not really sure if I am going to save the world by not throwing yet another gallon jug in the recycle bin and instead throwing away bag after bag…And I bought cheddar slices once 😦 I was very disappointed. It could have been that my expectations were too high but when I opened the tray thingy the cheese kind of oozed a little. I could make an impression on it with the slightest pressure of my finger and it would stick that way. Honestly, I think that what we call "gourmet" cheese in the states is the same kind that is popular here. I’m just not a fan. My complaining aside, I’d trade structurally sound cheese for a tub of dulce de leche, some milanesa de soja, and the awesome people I’ve met here any day.

  5. Guillermo The Host Brother

    In our defense, I thought the same things as Mr. Owl while I was reading.- We DO have milk cartons.- We DO have -OhmyGod- GREAT cheese. But you statians just like your plastic-Cheddar. And maybe you even just bought a shitty one.And also:- We have a nice mixture of races: Have you ever seen an all-of-the-same-color society or even group of friends here? In Argentina there are lots of races, the thing is that there is a lot of mixture between them. (We are not divided in blondes, irish, black, asians, indians) That’s back from the colonial times, when the spanish didn’t have much problems mixing with the natives. Also the first inmigration waves of italians, east-europeans and so where included in the mixture. I think in the USA the thing is much more divided. It’s true that there are not quite black guys here. We didn’t have much African inmigration here, and the slavery wasn’t quite popular here as it was in Brazil, por example. Now there is some Senegalian inmigration (all refugees), but is something very recent, and they don’t even know the language, so their inclusion in society is a bit difficult. It’s the same with asian inmigration. They come here to work but thet can’t even speak in Spanish, so hanging out isn’t that simple.And is true what you say about our "political incorrectness": We just speak our minds out. Some people here are more "racist" and some of us aren’t, but it’s not the same "racism" as in the USA. It doesn’t have that dark and violent past. It’s just a way of describing someone, not judging (even though some argentinians judge a lot). ??Me explico? There is not the same "tension" in the race issue.- There are a lot of things about the difference you tell that are related to the difference between a more country-city like Fort Collins and a Capital Metropoli like Buenos Aires. There is A LOT of difference between Buenos Aires and the cities in the Provinces, and of course a lor of difference in the lifestyles.Well, that’s it.*Flyes away.(P.S.: "The Host Brother" is like a Mafia-name, or maybe a name for a music-band, don’t you think?)

  6. Aww, Guillo, there???s no need to ???defend??? your country! I wasn???t attacking it for its shortage of milk cartons???quite the opposite. I hope you guys all read my disclaimer a few blogs back that I did not want to offend anyone and that I???m only giving an outsider???s first opinions from what???s easily viewable on my end. With that in mind, I???m sure that in a city this big you can find pretty much any type of product you look for 🙂 It???s just more common to have bags of milk here; I???ve never seen them in the United States. As for the cheese, I???m sure it will be different anywhere I go, and I???m sure everyone has a different opinion of the cheese here! Maybe I???m picky.As to the race thing: Yes, I see groups of friends all of the same race all the time. It is common in the USA too, so I am not saying one or the other is bettery. I think it???s important to note that there is a great difference in the definitions of racism between the US and Argentina too. In the USA the common use of the word ???racism??? includes stereotypes, generalizations, prejudices, and actions against people of a different race that are specifically carried out based on that race. So when I say that I???ve noticed more racism in Argentina, and you say that the Asian immigrants here ???can???t even speak Spanish???, I think my point is made. <3–it???s because we are so sensitive to any type of statement that generalizes a group of people and doesn???t account for the exception to the stereotype. Usually, stereotypes exist for a reason. For example, there is a big problem with obesity in the United States, but saying ???Americans are fat,??? is racist. Even saying, ???Americans all have a terrible accent??? is racist for us???even if it is true more often than not. You made an excellent point when you said that it probably has to do with our history. It???s a part of the culture; neither country’s attitudes are necessarily better or worse.And, again, I refer you all back to my disclaimer about how I???m just recounting my observations with very limited background knowledge of what is truly going on. :)(P.S. Mmmm I don???t know Guillo??? ???The Host Brother??? doesn???t sound very intimidating to me =P)

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