Every country has its negative quirks, so I choose to relish in my newfound selective optimism and discuss random small things I liked in every country I lived in/visited in South America over the past six years.
It’ll keep me from crying over the fact that I’m no longer there.
- Many small supermarkets sell cups and have bottle openers in case you’re buying alcohol so you can drink in the park.
- Even brunch is more common in the U.S., Argentinians have adapted to it with gusto, especially in Palermo. To me, brunch will always be Argentinian. Sorry, U.S.
- Singing during football games. Silent football games are boring to me now. Also, where are the drum kits in the U.S.?
- Taking vacations and holidays seriously, and taking them at all.
- Tereré (more of a Paraguay thing, but I love this)
- Pedidos Ya
- Taxi colectivos are the most practical thing I’ve ever heard of. It’s a shared taxi that has a route like a bus. Since you’re sharing it with fewer people, you still get there faster but it’s still more environmentally friendly.
- Forcing people to take their plastic bags. It may sound like government-override but I think it’s a responsible way to do things considering how much coastline exists.
- Taking your own Tupperware to restaurants. They charge you for disposable to-go containers, so this is also another environmentally-friendly practice I saw often.
- The teleferico. Hands-down the most beautiful public transportation method I’ve ever seen.
I spent the least amount of time there, so that’s all I can say. I’m sure there are other positive little things.
- The banks let you choose the denominations for notes you want to pay.
- Brigadeiro espressos at Starbucks.
- Using paper straws at the beach.
- Easy Bus. If you go to Foz do Iguaçu, you can use that bus to cross the border into Argentina or Paraguay easily.
- Emoliente. It’s an herbal tea thing you can mostly get for dinner and it’s delicious!
- Arroz con huevo. It’s usually sold with fries and a salad of cucumber, tomatoes, and red onions.
- Oltursa and Cruz del Sur buses. They cost more, but it’s the most comfortable way I traveled through the country.
- Mototaxis to Huacachina.
It’s kind of hard for me to pick the best “small things” from Perú because I felt like it will all be food.
The photo above is a screenshot from one of my short films.