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You Know You’re Becoming a Porteño When . . .

November 1, 2010

You know you’re becoming a Porteño (Buenos Aires resident) when . . .

. . . you know that busses, cars, bikes and motorcycles – not people – have the right-of-way. 😉

. . . you wear out shoes in 6 months, tops (gotta love all the walking!).

. . . you feel like something is missing in your diet if you don’t eat carne (beef) on a daily basis.

. . . 8pm is too early for dinner, midnight is too early to go out, and you are rarely home before 5am on the weekend.

. . . you expect a constant stream of cat-calls when you walk down the street  (and proceed to ignore each and every one).

. . . you regularly confuse your friends back home by referring to clubs as “boliches,” busses as “collectivos,” the subway as the “subte,” and so on.

. . . cigarrette smoke doesn’t bother you anymore.

. . . you automatically watch where you walk to avoid potholes and dog poop.

. . . 40 degrees fahrenheit is freezing.

. . . empanadas and dulce de leche make up their own respective food groups.

. . . waiting in line for half an hour at the grocery store because the clerks are having a conversation doesn’t even annoy you anymore (almost).

. . . your “guia t” (a book that tells you how to navigate the city’s busses) is falling apart.

. . . you have a special bag just for carrying your maté and thermos.

. . . you don’t know some of your friends’ real names because everyone calls them by their nicknames.

 Leave a comment if you have more to add to the list!

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  1. martin villarreal permalink
    December 31, 2010 5:58 am

    I think you’re just becoming plain argentinian … about the poop, that’s terrible I still don’t get how people does not do anything when their pets do their thing you just need a bag but well that only happens in baires if you go to a different city you won’t see that (at least that often).
    I hope you’re having a great time here!!!

    HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

    BESOS !!!!

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