Photo Courtesy of Malkam Hawkins
Traveling to another country means a different culture. This past June, Malkam Hawkins, a 16 year old living in Charlotte NC, decided to combine his hunger for service, and love for the Spanish language/culture, when he journeyed to the nation of Argentina for a two and a half week adventure.
Hawkins tastes the moment of landing in Buenos Aires, where he eagerly searches for his host family. The host family that Malkam stayed with was made up of a single mom and her son, who was in his twenties. Hawkins also bunked with a fellow classmate named Nick. “My roommate and I had to speak Spanish most of the time when we wanted to communicate with the host mom.” Just like his house in the US, Hawkins’s host family had a shower, toilets, sinks, a kitchen, etc. As Hawkins explores the house, he sees something extra in one of the bathrooms, tinkering with curiosity, Hawkins later finds out that it is a bidet. When I asked him about his experience with the bidet.....he said he stayed with toilet paper. As Hawkin’s walks into for dinner, he takes a breath as his eyes hug the unique assortment of Argentina's cuisine. Hawkins says the Argentinians, “eat the same food as we eat just different types.” An example would be milanesa, a dish that involves breaded beef. There is also bread at every meal, and dinner is the largest meal of the day.