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Culture-Shock! Argentina brings you more than a few steps closer to the country, the people and the culture. Most importantly, it is your survival guide to living there. Argentina is more than just footballer Diego Maradona or beautiful Buenos Aires which is often featured in travel brochures and magazines. The author goes to the heart of this South American nation and shares her encounters with Argentines as well as providing all the practical tips such as finding accommodation, getting around and generally ...
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Culture-Shock! Argentina brings you more than a few steps closer to the country, the people and the culture. Most importantly, it is your survival guide to living there. Argentina is more than just footballer Diego Maradona or beautiful Buenos Aires which is often featured in travel brochures and magazines. The author goes to the heart of this South American nation and shares her encounters with Argentines as well as providing all the practical tips such as finding accommodation, getting around and generally settling down in the country. Read about the Argentines' unbridled passion and worship of soccer as well as their high sense of fashion consciousness. Learn how to dance the tango and discover why the gauchos who live on the grasslands of the pampas lead a hard life. CultureShock! Argentina is the essential guide to enable you to enjoy your stay in the country.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     vi
Acknowledgements     vii
Map of Argentina     viii
First Impressions     1
Land and History     7
Shaky Beginnings     8
Booting Out The Spanish     10
The Great Divide: Buenos Aires and The Interior     14
From The Boats     15
The Indigenous People     16
The Perons     17
The Dirty War     21
Key Political Issues     22
The Economic Situation     24
The Country     27
Buenos Aires     28
The Interior     29
The People     36
An Identity Problem     37
Serious Attitude     38
Machismo     41
Gauchos     42
Drivers     45
Women     47
Pyschoanalysts     55
Mrs Jones' Cream Teas     58
Other Latin Americans     60
The Police     61
Fitting Into Society     62
Social Customs     63
Going Out     63
Flirting     65
Street Life     66
Greeting People     67
Marriage and Love Affairs     70
The Family     71
Alternative Lifestyles     73
Religion     73
English Pirates and The Malvinas     78
Setting In     81
Visas     82
Accommodation     85
Education     90
Health and Safety     94
Money, Money, Money     97
Taxes     99
Electricity     101
Mail     101
Telephones     101
Shopping     102
What To Wear     104
Timekeeping     106
Planes, Trains and Automobiles     107
Food and Entertaining     119
What's On The Menu?     120
The Sacred Cow     121
Something Fishy?     125
And Something Sweet     125
...Dining Out     126
Food Shopping     129
Drink     130
Wine     139
Enjoying The Culture     142
A Football-mad Nation     143
Anyone For Polo?     150
Hitting The Slopes     153
Truco     155
Gaucho Games      156
Theatre and Cinema     157
Music and Song Contests     159
The Tango     160
Calendar of Festivals     165
Learning the Language     169
Pronunciation     171
Voseo     172
Key Words and Phrases     173
Putting Your Foot In Your Mouth     180
Slang     180
Body Language     187
Piropos     188
Hot Topics to Talk About     188
Names and Surnames     190
Doing Business     192
The Business Environment     193
It's Not What But Who You Know     194
Forging Business Relationships     195
Labour     197
Hiring and Firing     199
Women In The Workplace     200
The Language Barrier     200
Timekeeping and Office Hours     202
Business Attire     203
Fast Facts     205
Famous Argentines     209
Argentina's Cities and Outstanding Features     213
Culture Quiz     221
Do's and Don'ts     226
Glossary     228
Resource Guide     233
Further Reading     244
About the Author     249
Index     250
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