So this will be my last blog on Argentina, because I leave to go back to Atlanta this Friday. And Iâ€™m torn, I love Argentina and had a wonderful time here, but I do miss my friends and family a bit. What I love most about traveling to countries outside of the US is their rich heritage. This past week I traveled to the Congress in Argentina. There were a lot of similarities to the US system of democracy, thereâ€™s a house and senate etc etc. But also so much more, like the history of the indigenous population, or the multifaceted political system with a plethora of parties that are still active. We even met with a member of the Radical party (although Yale study abroad students met former President Alfonsin) which provided special insight to the ambitions of Argentineâ€™s. Despite there being many more parties and more involved citizens (theyâ€™re required to vote) they also face the same corruption and political fights that we do in the states.
The role of the ex-pats is also an interesting perspective I gained just today. I went Hashing with my roommate (itâ€™s essentially a crazy running group), and after our run, I talked with some ex-pats who lived in Argentina. I think they perfectly reflect the US and European view of Argentina. They are very entwined with this countryâ€¦ theyâ€™ve lived here, worked here and raised families here. However, at the same time theyâ€™re very separate, they play rugby because as they told me, â€śsoccer is the workingâ€™s man sport, rugby is upper classâ€ť. They have a poor view of Argentinaâ€™s political system, stability and ability to grow. And despite all that Argentina has overcome, they still foresee doom in the near future.
From my intimate experience with Argentina, I can surely say that no one knows the true potential of Argentina. Despite all of the trials and tribulations of the past with race, class and political systems, I believe that Argentina has the wherewithal to endure it all. Plus, theyâ€™ve got Boca! And thatâ€™s all that matters. Viva la Boca!!!