They ain't nothin' but hound dogs, cryin' all the time...citygirl said:Lee - pertinent article. However, in my opinion - perhaps a trifle romanticized
You know what I find interesting here (specifically in Cap Fed) - for all the perceived slower pace of life in Argentina - I never get a sense of joie de vie here. Next time you are walking down the street - count the number of people smiling or looking happy. (now subtract from that those that are foreigners) It's a very small number.
Even in conversations with my porteño friends - it's rare that they are 100% happy. Something is always hard, always wrong, always upsetting them (be it the crime, the politicians, the futbol team!)
I once had an Argentine friend describe North Americans (and yes, to be specific - people from the US) as reminding him of labradors. Bounding around, tearing things ups (often accidentally), cheerful to the point of excess, easy to get annoyed with and yet somewhat enjoyable.
I often wonder what the analogy for Argentina would be.