Yes, we call Buenos Aires the
city that never sleeps but with consideration to the matter, how are the
Argentineâ€™s hours of the day spent compared to the United States?
Letâ€™s analyze the US
first comparing the North American version of the city that never sleeps, New York, specifically
regarding the matter of dining. With one
glance of a New York City
block, the viewer absorbs fast food restaurants juxtaposed to each other with
the likely chance of a Starbucks in between.
People run in and out of the franchises within 10 minutes, stuffing
their â€˜to-goâ€™ burgers into their mouths as they scamper past each other with
eyes preying for the next available taxi.
The hours of a New Yorkerâ€™s day is crammed with the rush to the next
meeting, the next work shift, the next dinner meeting. Even when the time is sacrificed to enjoy a
leisurely dinner, the waiters assume a hurried schedule and deliver the
seating, the food, the check within an hour â€“ two max. Dinner reservations are replaced if a party
is running 15 minutes late. The hours of
the day are packed and hurried.
With retrospect to Buenos
Aires, the concept of a meal is completely
different. There is an expectation that
each meal will take at least an hour, even the light desayunos which consist of
a postre and a cafÃ© con leche. Time
slows down, contrasting from the bustle of the streets so that the food can be
served at a leisurely and according time.
When consuming the food, there is no need to gulp and swallow each bite,
rather, savor the milanesa and spare the 30 extra minutes to order tea after
This blog is only in reference to one aspect of the
Argentine lifestyle that differentiates the quality of life of the people in
the two cities. So perhaps a
recommendation should be given and taken by the city dwellers of America â€“ even
if rushed, find quality in the hours of the day.