Argentina Trip – Part 3 | Wizards Blog Truth About

Argentina Trip – Part 3

Updated: March 4, 2008
[Argentina Trip – Pt. 1Pt. 2]

We all know that Argentineans love them some soccer, from Maradona to Messi. Ironically, “fútbol” is not the official sport of the country; it’s a polo-basketball hybrid called Pato.

Runner-up passions would include the consumption of meat, as pretty much every house has an asado grill….. (and empanadas of course), Evita, the tango, cafés, mate, central town squares, European flavor, gauchos, “fashion” mullets, and claiming the Falkland Islands….I mean, Islas Malvinas.

But this got me thinking…..United States/American culture has no doubt had an effect and influence on the rest of the world, from music to fashion to movies/television to the internet. So what American cultural products seem to have the largest presence in Argentina? My deduction would be Coca-Cola and The Simpsons. Coke is consumed, seemingly, at almost every evening meal. It is also combined with Fernet to make a popular alcoholic beverage. And for the Simpsons, I don’t think I went a day without seeing several Simpsons hats, t-shirts, back-packs, among other random items of note.

Evidence of my conclusions are supported with the photos below.

An Argentinean advertisement for Coca-Cola,
obvious that it would be displayed next to random cuts of meat.

A small bar in a small town in the northwestern Argentine province of Jujuy.
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