Hola, amigos! Hoy estoy hablando de Rosario! Hopefully, I wrote that grammatically correct in Spanish, haha. I know quite a lot of words in Spanish, now, but I have some work to do in the grammar department. But anyways, as promised, today I’ll be talking about/showing photos of Rosario.
I had many requests for photos of architecture, which I was more than happy to oblige. I also thought it would be fun to share some of the things I’ve learned about the area and some stuff that continues to surprise me (mainly in the food department). Enjoy!
Architecture & Street photos
While I know next to nothing about architecture, I do know the architecture in Rosario has a heavy European influence. It’s very beautiful! (Although, some of the buildings do need a little TLC.)
Food & Restaurants
For the most part, it isn’t too difficult to find the sorts of dishes I’m used to at home here. You can easily get pizzas, pasta, burgers, steaks, tacos, etc. But I have mentioned before that these dishes will have next to no spices in them. I didn’t realize just how much I enjoyed spice until I came to Argentina, haha. Oh, and while the steaks are amazing, you do have to be very firm when you order that you want it medium rare or “jugoso” (meaning “juicy”). Folks in Argentina like their steaks well done!
Some of the foods that are new for me, though, include…empanadas (pictured above, similar to a hot pocket), dulce de leche (reminds me of Nutella) and mate (we’ll get to that in a second).
I know I’ve also mentioned in past posts that many restaurants don’t open until well after 8:30 pm and people don’t generally eat dinner until after 10 pm. (Needless to say, I’m starving a lot of the time. Haha.) But we’re slowly getting used to this and having a sort of snack/small meal around 4 if we know we’re going out to dinner that night.
Wine snobs, you may want to avert your eyes for this part. In Argentina, it’s common to get a bucket of ice to put IN your wine – whether it’s red or white, summer or winter. The story goes that the wine used to be so bad in Argentina that folks put ice in it to dilute it. Now, however, the wine is fabulous! But, people still stick with that tradition.
Mate is a very popular tea-like drink in Argentina. It is used frequently in social settings and a cup is shared amongst coworkers and friends. (You’ll have to get over any germophobia you may have before coming to Argentina, haha.) Mate tastes like a very bitter black tea (to me at least).
I’ve grown so accustomed to seeing mate, though, that I forgot it does look a bit like a less legal substance. So, if you saw the photo above on my Instastories – I was drinking tea, not doing drugs! Haha.
My husband actually bought his own little cup for making mate. His cup is the inside of a gourd. So, for the next few days, one of his friends is actually curing it for him so it won’t mold! I think I’ll have to do a separate post entirely on preparing mate and the cultural aspects that go along with it. It’s a big part of life in Argentina!
It’s fall…but there are flowers
It’s fall in Argentina, and the leaves are changing! However, things are blooming as well! Oh, and there’s palm trees…which is weird to see when I’m wearing a winter coat some days. Haha. (These photos were taken on the same day! Fall and spring, all in one.)
Sunrises & Sunsets
And last, but not least, the sunrise and sunsets continue to amaze me in Rosario. The majority of mornings are just out of this world beautiful and colorful. It really makes waking up in the morning easier!
If you enjoyed this post, or not, please let me know in the comments! I’m thinking I may start doing a post like this once a month to show Rosario and to share the different things I’m learning. And if there’s something you feel I missed, please let me know too. Thank you! Also, did any of these things surprise you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
*Also, I do apologize, I accidentally published this post last night way before I was done writing it. Sorry if you received an email but no post to read! I can’t believe I did that. Doh!