Honorary Vegetarianism

Two weeks ago I hopped on an airplane with about 25 other ISA students and saw the wonderful world of Misiones, Argentina. That includes the ruins of the Jesuit Mission, the Guarani community and rain forest, and the magical Iguazu Falls themselves. Though the entire trip was memorable and certainly nothing I’ll soon forget, there was one event that really stood out for me: the asado (or roast).

The asado complete with lots of meat!

As part of this trip, ISA takes us to a lovely little estancia (like a farm) wherein we get to visit an actual working yerba mate (Argentine tea) factory and spend an entire afternoon relaxing in hammocks or swimming in the pool after gorging ourselves on an asado feast. I’m not a vegetarian, but I don’t eat much meat. Also, when I eat steak or chicken or any meat really, I always like it just a little soft on the inside. Here in Argentina, it’s fully cooked or nothing at all. Having experienced this a number of times already, I really wasn’t much looking forward to the meal. Then came the surprise!

In order to not confuse any meat-eaters with vegetarians, the lovely folks at the estancia set up a separate table just for them. Unfortunately, that meant that none of the 4 vegetarians could eat with their friends. Not having any real desire to eat meat anyway, I sat with them along with one other omnivore and we had a real feast. It just goes to show how even the most random and unexpected situation can turn into something spectacular. I may not be a vegetarian, but being an honorary vegetarian for a day is pretty cool to me. Especially if it means that I get to make some great new friends!

Serving up the grub.
The vegetarian table

Liz De Luca
Classmates Connecting Cultures
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spring 2012

Author: edeluca22

I am a senior Spanish major at the University of Findlay. I plan to graduate in December of 2012 and then move on to the Peace Corps after that. I would like to work in the field of immigration in the future, but I'm not really sure how I'll get there just yet. I look at this fact as an opportunity for adventure rather than something to be worried about. Now is the time to see, do, and explore, and I will take advantage of every available opportunity to do just that.

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