something i found odd was that she told me to be careful of "dengue fever". when i told her that i heard about it, that the U.S. embassy here issued a warning but they, the media and newspapers all said that the people infected with dengue fever were all in northern argentina or vacationing in the north. no one has been infected in capital federal (the center of the city and it's close suburbs).
she said she doesn't believe the media or trust that the government is telling the truth. she said we'll only find out that it's in capital federal when a person from a rich neighborhood dies. then the media will know.
*capital federal is like the new york city of new york state. buenos aires is both a city (referred to as capital federal) and buenos aires is a province (like a state)this has been a reoccurring theme with my argentine students. more than half of them have made comments about how corrupt the government is. yes, people talk about how the u.s. government is corrupt, but not to the extent that people distrust here.
*dengue fever transmitted by mosquitoes. there is no vaccine.
(for anyone who reads the history of argentina it's understandable why their people feel like this)