Hey everybody, I know I've been a little slow with the posts lately. My workload is higher than it's ever been, and I've been working hard on my grades in school. However, I can guarantee that this is a special post.
You see, I just came back from arguably one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. My school jazz band just spent seven jam-packed days in Argentina, touring around and playing concerts. We had roadies, tour managers, and some of us appeared on television to promote one of our concerts. I felt like one of the Beatles because we were so loved, especially our drummer who, ironically, is British.
We even participated in a little bit of "cultural exchange" with some kids from the local high schools (if you catch my meaning).
It was through all of this "cultural exchange" that I compiled a list of things from Argentina I would love to see in America, and things from America I would love to see in Argentina.
Argentinian Culture I'd like to see in America:
- In Argentina, no matter where we played, we were so well-received. Everyone loved us, even the people who don't like jazz. Not only did they always passionately cheer (even when we made crazy mistakes), but also they were so gracious and excited to talk to us after the concert. When people perform at my school, we tend to see the performance, applaud, and leave. Not once have I spoken to someone directly after his or her performance; I always seem to rush out. That certainly will change now.
American Culture I'd like to see in Argentina:
- A little less cigarettes, please. Buenos Aires was breathtaking, in part due to its "malos aires."
This trip really opened my eyes to a whole new side of the world. I got a chance to practice my Spanish, meet some cute girls, eat some of the best beef I've ever had, see real tango, play concerts in front of hundreds of people, and get destroyed in soccer. And I wouldn't want it any other way.