They’re exotic, attractive and come from a fascinating foreign land. There is no lover more alluring than one from a different culture and everyone knows that bringing home a Latin lover is a far better souvenir than a squashed alfajor (Argentine cookie) or a fake Boca Juniors t-shirt.

Argentine men and woman can make great partners, they are sexy, intense and relaxed – or unstable, jealous and flaky, depending on the time of day.

Confusion arises when expats who are dating Argentines are unable to separate which characteristics come with the foreign territory and which are specific to their partners. It may be hard to tell whether one’s Argentine sweetie is only slightly unhinged, totally psychotic or just plain foreign.

There are certain issues that foriegners in Argentina are likely to experience dating locals. Here’s the roundup, but beware — sweeping generalizations to follow.

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Published March 2014.