It’s no secret that Argentines are usually very friendly, very open people; they love to laugh, stay up late and enjoy the company of others. When foreigners come to Argentina for an extended amount of time, they usually leave claiming that they value their relationships more after seeing how passionately Argentines appreciate one another. Here, friendship is forever. So if you’re looking to make an Argie friend on your trip to Buenos Aires, here’s some steps to charm their socks right off.
Accept the mate!
Mate, the traditional, sacred and beloved Argentine tea (intimidated yet?), is consumed on the daily. Several times a day, actually. It doesn’t matter where you are or what the weather is, there is always an excuse for mate. When someone suggests preparing a mate to share, the reaction of the group is usually oohs and siiii’s of approval.
And while maybe you are hesitant to drink out of a cup shared between everyone, or if you’re too hot, too full or simply know you don’t like the taste, take the cup anyway! Mate is more about the ritual of sharing between friends than the enjoyment of the beverage (although they really do enjoy it a lot). If you drink mate with the locals, they’ll not only be impressed, but also tickled pink.
Speak Spanish…or at least try!
Sooooo maybe the last time a Spanish word left your mouth was in high school, fear not! Argentines are only ever helpful and listen eagerly as you try to piece a sentence together. Using hand gestures never hurts either! The locals are so used to travelers speaking English that they will be grateful that you’re trying to immerse yourself more into the culture that they’re so proud to be apart of.
If you have a little longer stay, Spanish classes and schools don’t hurt! Or simply check out this and this from our blog to be prepared for your trip to Buenos Aires. Bonus points if you stay castellano instead of Spanish.
Foreigners have a reputation of being all go go go and less go with the flow. Instead of grabbing your Starbucks for the road while on your trip to Buenos Aires, stop at a local café and sit down to enjoy your coffee. There are so many adorable, local cafes in Buenos Aires to discover and enjoy. If you’re feeling up to it, strike up a conversation with someone nearby. Simply asking for directions can lead to a “where are you from?” and then who knows! Try and scope out that asado invitation!
Written by Abby LeCleir