It is beautiful - give my best regards to your wife, who shows an excellent understanding of what it takes to live in Argentina - bon voyage and all the best in your new lives as 'expats' in the US.soulskier said:Here's a post my wife wrote on to reflect back on our 5+ years in Argentina. I figured it was worth sharing with Argie expats.
Here is the response Shanie wrote on her blog to the above comment.Davidglen77 said:Glad to hear that your Argentine experience was so positive. I am also an expat. Just some feedback from someone who has lived here, owns a business and lives my life well outside of the expat world, although I live in Capital Federal. First, yes you have to have a lot of patience here and thats because generally things are inefficient and wasting people's time is of little importance to government agencies or companies especially since they know you have no alternative and you are a captive audience. I think you´ve mistaken the look on people´s faces which is more of resignation than that of "sincere patience". Also these nice people who helped you on their farm are the equivalent of rural poor in the United States akin to people in Appalachia. No doubt they are good natured and thankful to have had the opportunity to have worked for people who most likely paid them more than anyone else has, on time and never cheated them for a day's work. However I would not romanticize their poverty and say they are the "continuously happy people". For most of their lives they probably have had had little access to education, health care and clean drinking water, as many rural poor in Argentina. Unfortunately that has been the norm however things are starting to turn around thanks to new social programs that have reached many people but not everyone they need to. One of the things I have learned living in Argentina is that governments in general need to serve ALL of their people or at least make an attempt to, and the gap between the haves and have nots in this world gets bigger by the day. Thank you for sharing your story.