Wednesday, October 10, 2012

STARBUCKS in Argentina - An Instant Cure For Homesickness

Where can an American expat go when he’s feeling homesick in Cordoba, Argentina? How about Starbucks? 
I read online that there was a Starbucks, but I didn't know there was one this close. And to be honest, I'd walked around the city a few times and never thought I'd find this gem in Cordoba but there it was… Starbucks. It’s located in Av Col√≥n 608. All it took was just one look at that big green sign and I felt like I was home. In fact, once I was in there I was convinced I stepped into a portal and was back in NYC. It’s nothing personal against Argentina, which happens to be a beautiful country, but I do miss the U.S. a lot sometimes.  
All the products and menus at Starbucks are in English and the customer service rep was kind enough to speak to us in English as well. Yes, I can speak Castilian (Argentine Spanish), but my spouse is still getting the hang of it and I’ll admit, I’m still being pig-headed about speaking anything, but English when I’m out in the city.  
I meant to order a Caramel Frappucino, but I ended up getting some kind of mango smoothie drink that I can’t remember the name of. But the point is that when I sat there across the table from my spouse, I felt genuine relief to my homesickness. 

I could have stayed in there all day, but I had to get back to the real world and the new home that I now belong to, but it was fun while it lasted. And yes, I'm definitely coming back soon! 

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