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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Over December and January, Mustang senior Ignacio Saborido visited his native country of Argentina for a nostalgic vacation.
Although Saborido was on his winter break, Argentines were just beginning their summer vacation, so it was a perfect time to visit family and friends.
The overwhelmingly welcoming nature of kinship is one of the cultural differences that Battaglia described between Argentina and the United States.
“You are bombarded with hugs and kisses, so you really feel accepted as a part of the family, definitely no handshakes,” said Saborido.
New years in Argentina puts watching the ball drop to shame as the party continues well past midnight. Saborido described it as an “all-night party encompassing fireworks and delicious food.”
This shows an interesting contrast to the many Americans that are in bed as the clock strikes 12.
Saborido also experienced an unexpected reunion while on his vacation. An Argentine friend that he had met earlier in the year on a trip to Washington, DC had invited him to come visit him in Mar del Plata, a beach town, when he had heard that Battaglia would be coming to Argentina.
“The coolest part about the town is that it seemed that there was a band playing at every kilometer,” said Saborido.
Although Argentina is in a tough economic time with a lot of political dialogue, it does not take away from the great experience of visiting said Battaglia, “It is a beautiful country working through adversity.”