From Argentina to Switzerland

Strangers We Know: Meet Jorgelina

From the last Strangers We Know, I shared the story of how I met the yogurt-loving Frenchie, Thibault whom I first in New York and then in Nancy, France later that year. This time allow me to introduce the Fashionista Ukay Queen and Chef Extraordinaire from Argentina, Jorgelina.

The first thing I ask when I meet someone from another place is: What's the best dish from your country? Food is always a hot topic. Meeting Jorgelina was no exception. She told me about Argentinian food, but not just that, she gave me a little taste. Here's the story:

When I moved to Zurich, there was not much to do. There was the occasional barbecue, biking and swimming in the river Limmat. Couchsurfing was a great solution. There were forums and meet-ups and I met Jorgelina through there. She was also looking for some people to hang out with on her vacation in Zurich.

Strangers We Know: Meet Jorgelina


Filipino Time vs Argentinian Time

The first time we met was already a cultural exchange. We agreed to meet at the Hauptbanhof (main train station) at 3:00 in the afternoon. She arrived a bit early. And I came a bit.. erm.. late. 30 minutes late to be exact. And that's how she learned about Filipino time- quite embarrassing!

Zurich Collage
Photo Credit: Jor de Lorenzi
 The Brokenhaus that wasn't  broken

I saw her a lot during her stay in Zurich, She introduced me to the Brokenhaus. That's the Swiss version of 'ukay ukay'. They sell stuff that other people have already thrown away. A lot of used clothes and shoes, but surprisingly, a lot of furniture and even skis! We also spent a lot of time biking around Zurich because you can 'borrow' a bike all over the city for the day. Discovering the city with Jorgelina was definitely a lot more fun than walking around by myself.

Strangers We Know: Meet Jorgelina

The Secret Recipe

One evening, while we were on the topic of food, Jor, as prefers to be called, offered to cook her favorite dish for us: Pastel de Papas or Potato Pie. We decided to invite some CS people and neighbors for dinner. So the next day, we bought the ingredients from the nearby grocery store (or she did because I was  late as usual for our meeting). Then she took over our kitchen and whipped up a tasty dish of meat and potatoes. Apparently the staple in most South American countries. I'm not a big fan of potatoes but I certainly liked this dish. Too bad I'm a ditz when it comes to the kitchen because I would love to have this dish again for dinner. But when I last emailed Jor, she was gracious enough to share her secret Pastel de Papas Recipe with you:

Secret Recipe

Pastel de Papas
http://www.datoavisos.cl/2007/cocina-light-con-pavo

Food certainly makes you nostalgic about your home country and I'm glad Jor shared a bit of Argentina with us. Maybe I'll get to taste other dishes from her hometown when I volunteer in South America. Why not? Some countries are closer than you think!

If you want to follow Jor's adventures, click here.

Have you ever befriended a stranger while traveling ? Have you tried their local dish or shared some food from your country? Leave a comment and share your story with the Sole Sisters!


On the next Strangers We Know, I'm sharing the story of how I met Nikki in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She was from the Netherlands and was teaching English in Thailand when I last met her. Maybe she can share some tips about teaching in a foreign country.

Sole Sister Lois

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