Sarah’s Snapshots – Buenos Aires in Argentina

Passionfruit flower in Argentina. Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, is a bustling city with new, interesting things to do at every turn. It has about 3 million people, while the province contains over 60% of Argentina’s population. I was able to visit Buenos Aires for a few days as part of a trip for my AFS student exchange, and it […]

Sarah’s Snapshots – The School Spring Party

Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

The start of spring in Argentina is often marked with a celebration, as well as Día del Estudiante or National Student Day. At my school, we celebrated with a small spring party with costumes. Unlike New Zealand, in Argentinian school everyone stays in the same class and have the same classmates and classroom throughout the […]

Sarah’s Snapshots – Soy Bean Farm in Rosario Argentina

S - With Grace, el campo, Rosario, Santa Fe Province, Argentina 7087 - Version 2

Recently, while visiting another exchange student in Rosario City, I was taken to see her host family’s soy bean farm outside of the city. We got to see one of the fields, or el campo in Spanish, where the beans were in the process of being harvested. After they are harvested, they are exported to […]

Sarah’s Snapshots – Traditional Argentinian Food

Homemade pasta on a rack, Parana, Argentina. Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

A large aspect of Argentinian culture revolves around food. Typically family or friend gatherings revolve around a meal, and I have yet to go to an event without at least biscuits or mate (mah-te) being there. In fact, there are so many different types of Argentinian food that I can’t write about it all in […]

Sarah’s Snapshots – My School in Argentina

Argentinian school. Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

I was homeschooled in New Zealand, so going to school is a new concept for me. School in Argentina occurs in two segments – in the morning, or in the afternoon. Some students have to go to both segments, but this doesn’t occur in my school. For my school, the students in 3rd, 4th, and […]

Sarah’s Snapshots: Argentinian Life

Street in Argentina

I’ve been here in Argentina on my AFS student exchange for about 2 and a half months now, and life is starting to settle down. Argentinian life is more relaxed than New Zealand, and food is very important. A common drink here is mate (pronounced maht-tae), which is hot water poured into a cup full […]

Sarah’s Snapshots: Asado in Argentina

Cooked meat from an asado, or Argentinian barbecue, in Santa Fe Agentina. Copyright Sarah E. Albom 2016

An asado is a traditional-style Argentinian barbecue, and a common occurrence in Argentina homes. There is always an assigned cooker, or Asador (Asadora if she’s a woman), and the meat (ranging from pork still on the bone to blood sausage) is cooked on metal grille over a fire. I’ve been at two so far, and […]