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Sarah Martin is one of the most English girls you could ever meet. He lived his whole life in London , except for a semester of exchange he spent in Portugal. There, in 2008 she met Cecilia, a Santafesina with whom she became a great friendship. The contact lasted and Sarah visited Argentina in 2012. Then he got married, and leads a normal life in the UK.
Sarah's vision of Argentines and what comes to mind when he thinks about our country is far from what is usually our imaginary. Here, from the verbal and the symbolic, we spend it rivalizing with the English : Falkland , that Maradona ... Sarah's feeling shows that, at least in the younger generations of British, such almost racial prejudices have nothing to do with reality.
From his passage through our country, he fondly remembers many things . But there are two who powerfully caught his attention.
“Constant mate,” says Sarah. If this English was surprised that we take mate at any time, what would it be like if she had become friends with an Uruguayan woman! The ané c dota that more remember is driving from the house where he stopped to a museum. His backseat companion took the mate, prepared it, and primed it to the rest of the occupants of the vehicle as the trip passed, which did not last ten minutes.
I mean, Sarah recognizes that in English customs it is central to drinking tea . But, while you can draw a parallelism between fanaticism for both infusions , we must recognize that stories like the one I just told position us as winners in this classic .
With regard to dulce de leche , it's great to read Sarah's textual words: “Anyone would think that, after mate, there is no room for another national obsession . But somehow, this condensed milk with caramel flavor settled in the hearts of Argentines.” In Argentina we know very well that dulce de leche is much more than that, but it is understandable what Sarah points to. “It's like all Englishmen were obsessed with the Golden Syrup .”
Already as for more serious things, Sarah was pleasantly surprised by how, in her understanding, young Argentines include the politics in their discussions. “The only time I saw English people like that was recently, with the discussion about Brexit.”
Of all that this british girl keeps in her memory of her dealings with Argentines, what stands out is that we are “underpinned by passion .” He describes us as passionate, helpful and recognizes herself “ lucky to have Argentine friends .”
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Publication Date: 17/06/2020
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