While being abroad is an absolutely amazing experience, it is natural to miss certain aspects of life at home. You can’t see your family, friends, pets, classmates, etc. for a long period of time. This can be hard.
Yet, no matter how hard it can be to go without people and places, nothing quite hits home like not being able to get your hands on your principal food group. And no, I don’t mean McDonalds. I’m talking about peanut butter.
Anyone who has studied abroad knows where this is going. Peanut butter is simply not a thing in almost any countries outside of the U.S. This is quite unfortunate given that peanut-related products are approximately 89.95 percent of my diet.
But, it seems, in Argentina, there will be none of the following:
Seriously, did I mention there would be none of this?
Today’s Word: Maní (Mah-nee)
When one looks up the word “peanut” in a Spanish dictionary, the first word is usually “cacahuete.” In Argentina, however, another word, “maní” is used. Given my dearth of Spanish-speaking ability, I am grateful that the shorter word is in circulation here.
I had prepared myself for life without peanuts and peanut butter before leaving the U.S. However, it was not a whole heck of a long time (think two or three days) that I caved and began THE SEARCH for peanut butter.
Well, let me tell you, it took over a week and is way more expensive than it should be, but I finally found my beloved manteca de maní (peanut butter) in a grocery store down the block from our apartment. Although I caved on the peanut butter, I still take solace in the fact that I at least resisted the Skippy and bought the Argentine brand. Baby steps, right?
The funny thing is that they captured my exact emotions on the packaging—“Dame Maní” means, literally, “Give me peanuts!”. I think I’ll be able to make it here after all.