“Pobres Pero Creativos” – Poor but Creative
I have noticed that in Argentina, families do not revolve around the television. Children don’t sit behind a computer screen all day, and teenagers don’t sit on their phones at all possible times. Instead they talk, read, paint, play outside; they all have creative outlets. I have met people who make clothes, guitars, who paint, make furniture, sing, play instruments and anything else you could imagine. It makes me realize how happy they are, whereas back in Canada, a teenager without an Iphone would feel like they have “nothing”.
Which reminds me to one of my favourite quotes:
“Some people are so poor, all they have is money”
I was told that I could leave Argentina without having seen Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires, and Patagonia, and still say that I have been there. But I can not claim that I have been to Argentina if I have not tried “Mate”. It is made of “yerba” from a plant bordering Brazil near Iguazu. It is mixed with wood and/or other materials. It is cup into a mate cup (here I am with a novelty sized one), add hot water, and drink from a “bombilla” which is a metal straw that has filters at the bottom which keeps the herbs out. Argentinians will drink it all day long, with a thermos of hot water in one hand and the mate cup in the other! It tastes similar to a green tea, add sugar if you like it sweet and enjoy!
– Sara Kazerouni
Through all the people that I have met in Argentina, most of them do something creative with their time; they write, paint, play instruments, sing, draw, make clothing, make guitars and much more. Everyone that I have come across is very creative, my host is an artist, she has painted all over the house- on walls, doors, ceilings, and has paintings hung all over. It gives our house a very hippie look. I came to the conclusion that they are so creative because they do not have (because they choose not to have) televisions, game consoles, video games, and all the other Western things that we have that take time away from our creative outlets. I have taken up scrap booking and painting while I’ve been here, it’s actually a lot of fun and helps with “me time”. This picture is a painting on my closet wall in my room done by my host. I instantly knew I was home when I walked through the door and saw this written on my closet, as I wore a necklace with the same word on it “Wanderlust” (the severe desire to travel and explore).
– Sara Kazerouni
The first few weeks in Cordoba have been quite eventful. I was so scared upon arrival, with so many questions running through my mind: “who will I be living with?” “will I be able to communicate with the locals?” “what will my placement be like?” and much more. These questions were early on answered and I feel apart of the culture already! My host is a 26 year old artist, there are three others in the house as well: a student from Brasil here to study Spanish and another Argentinian. This is my view from my bedroom balcony- lucky me! -Sara Kazerouni
The first week at our new home in Cordoba, Argentina.