Addendum to Buenos Aires

Trip Start Feb 14, 2006
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Trip End Aug 2006


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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

I'd like to add an addendum to that last entry, because someone I know made an interesting point. A friend of my father, who is married to an argentine woman, questioned my assertion that Argentines were somehow beyond defining their identity-that they consider themselves more European than Latin American.

Speaking with my father, he said that Argentines often have difficulty deciding which European country they feel the most affinity for-Italy, Spain, France (Buenos Aires is the "Paris of the South", after all). Or are they their own breed of transplanted Europeans with a specific identity? They have not yet really decided, it seems.

On second thought, I agree with him. He made the point that that Argentines spend more money per capita on psychiatrists than anyone else on earth. One of the exchange students I've spoken to said their family member would talk at the dinner table, randomly, about their last visit to the psychiatrist. At the very least, there are signs that they, as a people, have some psychological issues to sort out. And the country one comes from and grows up in certainly has alot to do with one's personal identity and how well one is able to define it.

It's an intersting topic, at the very least. I add this now, because I wouldn't want you to get the wrong image of Argentines from my immediate impressions of them on a 5-day jaunt through the city.
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