By MATTHEW DOTY, age 12

PHOTO: Jorge Ignacio Mustar
PHOTO: Jorge Ignacio Mustar

Name: Ian Gerhards
Age: 8
Lives In: San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia in southern Argentina
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Favorite Food: Milanesa (breaded and fried meat) with mashed potatoes
Favorite Animal: Condor
Pets: two dogs, Two cats, twelve hens and a rooster
Favorite School Subject: Gym
Favorite Activities: Playing soccer and swimming
Favorite Flower: Tulips
What He Wants to Be When He Grows Up: A chef

PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons
PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons

Argentina at a Glance

Official Country Name: The Argentine Republic
Capital: Buenos Aires
Location: Southern part of South America, east of Chile and south of Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay
Geography: Argentina is divided into seven geographical regions: high mountains, lowlands, tropical plains, grasslands and Antarctic. Because of the huge variety of ecosystems, Argentina is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world.
Population: 42,352,023. The Argentine population has doubled since 1960.
Religion: 77% Catholic, 11% no religion, 10% Protestant, 1% Jewish, 1% other
Language: Spanish