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Argentina

They say that people are like their country, and the porteños (residents of Buenos Aires) are no exception. Argentina's past is speckled with turmoil and uncertainty, both economically and politically. The volatility that courses through the veins of the country is evidenced by the people's reaction to change - they take it all in stride. In the last ten years the country has seen a complete economic crash, when the value of the peso declined to 25% of its former value in 2001, inflation rates have increased by over 400% and continue to rise. The political scene has been turned upside down as recently as July 2009. With all of this, however, the porteños maintain their love of life, tango, parrilla, and malbec.

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