Argentina: it’s much more than the land of the Tango and big, juicy steaks. Eduardo Acevedo-Diaz,
the Deputy Head of Mission at the Argentine Embassy in Canberra, tells us what he loves about his country.
MUST DO EXPERIENCES
Go to Colón Theatre (pictured at the top of the page). Inaugurated in 1908 in Buenos Aires,it’s one of the best lyric theatres of the world. And visit one of the traditional milongas (places for social tango dancing).
MUST LISTEN (AND DANCE) MUSIC
Tango’s passionate music and dance – both traditional and “new”, reflect Argentina’s soul. No matter your dancing skills, get your spirit loose with this powerful music and dance, whose lyrics speak of universal themes, such as love and life itself.
MUST VISIT TOURIST SITE
Argentina is a vast country with very diverse landscapes and cultural heritage. From iconic glaciers in Patagonia; the highest peak in the Americas in the wine country; the beauty and traditions of the North; the lush and powerful Iguazu Falls in Misiones to the Gaucho style in the mythical Pampas or the cosmopolitan flavour of Buenos Aires, there are plenty of sites to choose from. I would choose the Jesuit Block and Estancias (residencies) of Córdoba, declared a World Heritage Site in 2000.
MUST SAMPLE FOOD/DRINK
Barbecue steak and Malbec wines from Mendoza are an excellent choice. For the white wine lovers, try Torrontés wine from Salta.
If you are in Buenos Aires city, make time to visit the Museum of Modern Art, which hosts an impressive collection of both Argentine and international artworks, and the Museum of Hispano American Art “Isaac Fernández Blanco”, which holds a traditional silver craft collection in a beautiful colonial-style house.
MUST READ BOOK
It is a difficult choice to make, because we have so many excellent writers, but I would recommend short stories by Jorge Luis Borges, translated into many languages. TTW