Melona in Buenos Aires

So, a post on la Nación (an Argentine newspaper) reminded me of a conversation my friends had in a bar in Rosario. It was about: Melona– melon flavored popsicles from Korea They were discussing how one of their acquaintances imported these ice bars from Korea while being able to sell them at a low price. … Continue reading

Day 40

Day 40: another disoriented day I slept over at the store owner’s house and woke up early to go home– to pack for Chile! :) I came back and had lunch at the temple and listened to the elders discuss health insurance, the characteristics of Koreans from various provinces, cooking, cancer, etc. I was very tired from … Continue reading

Day 39

Day 39: Avenida Avellaneda took a colectivo to Avenida Avellaneda to find out more about the garment trade. I visited a store of an acquaintance and spent my whole day with her and her friend. It was a very bustling Saturday and business was apparently better than normal. The acquaintance (the store owner’s daugther) had … Continue reading

Day 15 Pt.2

“Going down to 109” 109 (pronounced baek-gu in Korean) is relatively quiet during the weekdays. In fact, Sundays are the busiest days because that is when the Koreans stop by to run some errands (groceries, etc) after religious service– because all of the important religious orgs are located in Bajo Flores. For this reason, there … Continue reading

Day 10

Day 10: A quiet day at the temple I went to the temple again and took photos of a store where we usually eat lunch. It’s called 아나바다, or Feria Americana. The name in Korean is shortened from “아껴쓰고 나눠쓰고 바꾸어쓰고 다시쓰쟈” (a rough translation: “let’s reduce, let’s share, let’s trade, let’s reuse”). It’s basically … Continue reading

Day 8

Day 8: Kimchi and asado en el campo So I visited the Buddhist Temple again to go help cut some bamboo at someone’s house. The house was in Ezeiza, in the provincia de BsAs. Apparently over half of Argentina’s population lives in Buenos Aires and the outlying areas; so once you get out of the … Continue reading

Day 7

I went and visited the Buddhist Temple in Flores and spoke to the priest there, who herself had only just arrived from Korea 3 months ago. She was middle-aged and had a provincial Korean accent, I think from the southern part of Korea. She was very easy to talk to and extremely helpful– she lent … Continue reading

Day 6

Today, I went to the Korean Embassy in Buenos Aires to see if I could find out more information about Korean immigrants in Argentina. Unfortunately, their resource library was closed, so they referred me to another library containing information at the Centro de Estudios Corea-Argentina, which is a part of the Universidad de BsAs (la … Continue reading