Where is Argentina? Argentina is located in South America While Argentina is just larger than ¼ the size of the United States, it is the 2nd largest country in South America. Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world! Fun facts about Argentina • Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere. Its seasons are the opposite of those in the United States. The school year is also different. • Argentina has the highest mountain outside Asia, the Aconcagua which is 22,841 feet (6.962mt). • Around 39 million people live in Argentina. 1/3 live in Buenos Aires, the capital city, and its suburbs. • The currency is the Argentine peso. 3 pesos = $1 • Some Argentine habits are: - to have 4 meals every day (dinner late); - to greet each other with a kiss; - to talk with the hands; - to wear uniforms to school (guardapolvo). -to use bidet Argentine food and drinks • What type of food do Argentines like? • BEEF! Asado, churrasco, bife a caballo, milanesa, empanadas. • Italian food Pizza, pasta • Fruits and vegetables as side dishes and desserts. People love having milanesa con papas fritas and italian style icecream for dessert. Mate is a very popular drink It’s an herbal infusion. To prepare mate you need: • A mate (the pot where you put the yerba mate) • A bombilla (the straw) • Yerba (the dried and crushed mate leaves) • Hot water But everybody’s favorite is dulce de leche How do you prepare it? Warm up some water until it is about to boil, fill the mate with yerba and place the bombilla inside, pour a little bit of water in the mate… and drink it!!! • You can drink mate any time of the day. You can have it with a snack (like cookies, toast, or a sandwich) • Mate is a perfect excuse for people to get together, share the drink, and enjoy each other’s company. Everybody drinks from the same mate!!!! Let’s danceTango! • Tango music started in Buenos Aires many years ago. • There are special steps to dance Tango. Men and women embrace and dance very near one another. • The lyrics are written in a very peculiar version of the Spanish language called lunfardo, a special slang. • The bandoneón is one of the most important instruments in tango music. • The songs often tell sad love stories. The most popular sport in Argentina is soccer, we call it fútbol. • The game was introduced in the 1860s by British soldiers. • Argentina’s national team won the World Cup in 1978 and 1986. • Maradona is one of Argentina’s idols. • Boca and River are the two most important teams. Have you heard about Pato? Buenos Aires • The capital of the country is a huge city with a lot of different neighborhoods There are also many historical buildings in Buenos Aires The Atlantic Coast Iguazú waterfalls Patagonia: Argentina‘s South Usuahia Glaciar Perito Moreno: The Eighth Wonder of the World Bariloche My hometown… Leones (Province of Córdoba) My town is… • right in the middle of the pampas • full of gauchos • the capital city of the Wheat National Party Some more photos of Leones… Thank you! Come and visit ARGENTINA!