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Argentina

Jazmin Choidi

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In a programme packed with dance and romance, Bob Kelly meets Jazmin Choidi, a beautiful dancer from Buenos Aires, Argentina, now living, as she says "with the sheep and the cows" in the rural idyll of Macroom in County Cork.

Jazmin came to Ireland because she fell for the charms of an Irish man on Paddy's Day in an Irish pub in Montpellier. Bob first bumps into Jazmin as she rehearses for a tango show in Temple Bar.

Jazmin gives Bob a crash course in tango and we see him apply his new found knowledge on the streets and in the mélange or ballrooms of Buenos Aires. Bob brings a message back to Jazmin's friends and parents and to top his trip off catches a glimpse of God (aka Maradona) at a lively Boca Junior game.

Population:

36.2 million (2001 official figures), 1.5 million currently overseas

Language:

The official language is Spanish.

Geography:

Argentina is the second largest country in Latin America after Brazil (almost all the countries of Western Europe and Scandinavia could fit inside Argentina's land mass). The country is diverse and includes rain forest in the north, vast areas of fertile farming land in the centre, the Andean mountain range to the west and the desolate plains of Patagonia in the south, leading down to glaciers at the southern tip.

Religion (s):

Roman Catholic (90%); Protestant (2%); others include Judaism and Islam.

Capital city:

Buenos Aires (population 3.04 million; approx. 12 million live in the greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area)

People:

Most Argentines are of European origin, especially Spanish and Italian. Around 1% of the population are indigenous people living mainly in the north and west.

Government:

Argentina is a constitutional republic.

Did you know?
  • In the year 1514, Explorer Sebastian Cabot spent four years in and around the present location of Rosario, Argentina. John Strickland, of Sebastian Cabots crew, is credited with taking turkeys from Argentina and introducing them for the first time into England.
  • Argentina was the first independent nation state in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Argentines have the highest consumption in the world of red meat.
  • Argentina has the world's southernmost city (Ushaia).

Famous Argentineans:

Diego Maradona

Eva Peron

Bob Kelly and Jazmin Chiodi dance the tango in Dublin's Temple Bar.
Bob Kelly and Jazmin Chiodi dance the tango in Dublin's Temple Bar.
Bob overlooking one of the grand avenues of Buenos Aires, the chic and cosmopolitan capital of Argentina
Bob overlooking one of the grand avenues of Buenos Aires, the chic and cosmopolitan capital of Argentina
Presenter Bob Kelly trips the light fandango with Jazmin Chiodi from Buenos Aires
Presenter Bob Kelly trips the light fandango with Jazmin Chiodi from Buenos Aires