Moving to Argentina....

  • Jayjames

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    May 11, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
    So my partner has been asked to transfer from Melbourne Australia to Argentina for 12 months with work.

    We have never been and are trying to weigh up the pro's and cons.

    Who has been?

    What was it like?

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    May 11, 2011 2:11 AM GMT
    its my dream to move to Argentina to live!!!!
  • germanguy888

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    May 13, 2011 2:04 PM GMT
    Where in Argentina?
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    May 13, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    It is somewhere I have always had a yen to visit. I think it is the idea of a 'European' country in South America that appeals, though it also has lots of stunning natural features. I understand the vast majority of the population is centred in and around Buenos Aires.
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    May 13, 2011 3:21 PM GMT
    I haven't been to Argentina but what my friend that travels a lot tells me is that it's one of the nicest countries in South America, he even described Buenos Aires as the "Paris of Latinamerica" (I've never been to Paris so take that as you will).

    This one might be slightly obvious, learn spanish, argentinians have a very peculiar (thick) accent and my understanding is that not a whole lot of people have a high level of english, it's going to make your life much easier.
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    May 13, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    Argentina is culturally quite different from other Latin American countries (same could be said of Chile and Uruguay) because it's been influenced so much by heavy immigration from various European countries. Aside from the Spanish, you will easily see many Italian, German, British, and Slavic influences everywhere. In fact, you'll meet a fair amount of Argentinians with non-Spanish names. Also don't be surprised to meet Argentinians with English names who speak only Spanish! But when you go there, you will see many more "fair" people than you expect from Latin America. By that I mean you'll meet plenty of people with light complexions, blond/red hair, and blue/green eyes.

    The dialect of Spanish spoken in the area of Buenos Aires is quite unique. It's called "rioplatense", which has some interesting features in pronunciation and grammar. However, it's not difficult at all to understand if you already know some Spanish. You quickly get accustomed to the accent. I personally find it quite pleasant icon_smile.gif
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    May 13, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    We've been there 5 times, last time about 4 years ago.

    Are you going to stay in B.A. or another city? If in B.A. some of the nicer neighborhoods are Recoleto, Barrio Norte and Palermo (the Soho part of Palermo is rather nice.

    Getting around B.A. isn't difficult. the Metro is reliable, though limited, there are many bus lines, and taxis are rather inexpensive.

    Dining tends to be later than earlier, the earliest being 9pm, and usually later. So if you go into a restaurant at 6pm for dinner, well, good luck finding one open that early. Nightlife is varied, but again, don't expect much action until after midnight or even 1am.

    You should have a basic understanding of Spanish. As in any Spanish-speaking country, they have their own unique pronunciation, words and idioms. To me, the accent and cadence sound slightly Italian.

    Prices should be cheaper than Australia, but inflation has been running rather high in Argentina for the past few years, and this is coming from our friends who live there.

    Good luck
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    May 13, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    I hope you aren't a vegetarian or vegan because Argentina is very much a meat-eating country. Beef (particularly asado) is everywhere!

    Although you can find just as much Italian food as beef too.

    It's also worth noting that like Spain, they eat their meals at much different hours compared to other countries. Lunch remains the heaviest meal of the day that's always after noon (don't know about the siesta/break afterward because that's been disappearing in most big cities in Spain). I'm pretty sure they also don't eat dinner until well after 8pm at least.
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    May 13, 2011 4:31 PM GMT
    Argentinians are sexy as hell
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    May 13, 2011 5:07 PM GMT
    Having the opportunity to live and work expatriate in a foreign place (making AU$ vs Argetinian Peso; currently trading 4.3 to 1) is perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity and a great resume builder. It's also great just to experience.

    Do it. You won't regret it.
  • Jayjames

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    May 26, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    Well it looks pretty certain I'll be moving to Buenos Aires in September at the earliest
  • Jayjames

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    May 30, 2011 9:35 PM GMT
    So is Recoleta the place to be?
  • joncfernan

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    May 30, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    Argentine and chilean here but.......I've never been! icon_sad.gif I'm finally going at the end of this year!
  • Jayjames

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    May 31, 2011 12:02 AM GMT
    makarov99 saidArgentine and chilean here but.......I've never been! icon_sad.gif I'm finally going at the end of this year!


    Maybe we can meet for a drink?
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    May 31, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    its only 12 months, you're 27.......just GO..i would in a heartbeat icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 31, 2011 12:12 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidI hope you aren't a vegetarian or vegan because Argentina is very much a meat-eating country. Beef (particularly asado) is everywhere!


    As it happens, the OP is vegan. But, it's not like he won't be able to find vegan food there. Even in Mongolia, where they basically eat nothing but meat and dairy, you can still get vegetarian food in the capitol city, Ulaanbaatar.
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    Jun 02, 2011 6:13 PM GMT
    Good Luck in BA. The Recoleta is a great location. You'll enjoy it there.
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    Jun 02, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
    Buenos Aires is AMAZING.

    Recoleta is beautiful, but its not as 'hip' as areas such as Palermo, Palermo Soho and Palermo Viejo.... there are other cool neighborhoods such as Barrio Norte and Las Cañitas (which is considered one of the safest, most upscale areas).

    GO, GO, GO..... don't hesitate. I've been to Buenos Aires twice and I loved every minute. Argentina is a fantastic country!
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    Jun 02, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    def go!
  • MikemikeMike

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    May 02, 2012 4:58 AM GMT
    so many good looking men and woman there -must be the Italian in them!
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    May 02, 2012 5:18 AM GMT
    I am SO jealous. Buenos Aires is one of my favorite cities in the world - along with Barcelona and Washington DC.
    The Argentineans are gorgeous, the food excellent, the prices reasonable and your commitment is only for a year so you can make the most of it without long term obligation. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to visit Uruguay too as it is only a high speed ferry ride across the very wide river.
  • trl_

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    May 02, 2012 5:22 AM GMT
    pocketnico said. I personally find it quite pleasant icon_smile.gif


    yeah that's a great accent!

    lots of "shwa" sounds lol
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    May 02, 2012 5:36 AM GMT
    Many of my friends have visited Buenos Aires, and had nothing but good things to say. I think you'll manage nicely. :-)
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    May 02, 2012 5:39 AM GMT
    pocketnico saidI hope you aren't a vegetarian or vegan because Argentina is very much a meat-eating country. Beef (particularly asado) is everywhere!

    Although you can find just as much Italian food as beef too.

    It's also worth noting that like Spain, they eat their meals at much different hours compared to other countries. Lunch remains the heaviest meal of the day that's always after noon (don't know about the siesta/break afterward because that's been disappearing in most big cities in Spain). I'm pretty sure they also don't eat dinner until well after 8pm at least.


    thats for all of latin america! vegetarian: non red meat for them. oy!
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    May 02, 2012 6:20 AM GMT
    I used to live in Buenos Aires.

    I'm not sure where to start... there's a lot to say about Argentina.

    I'm guessing that you'll be moving to Buenos Aires. The city is beautiful, as are the people. The city is more French than anything else. You're not going to get the same Latin American experience like you might get in Colombia or Brazil. The food is good if you like meat and wine; however, if you like to have some spice in your food, you won't get any, and the food tends to get very repetitive. Despite what people say, there are a lot of vegetarian/vegan options. In fact one of the places I used to go on my breaks was a vegetarian buffet, and it had some of the best food in town.

    The nightlife in Buenos Aires is incomparable - top notch.

    Porteños are known to be pretty discriminatory and racist; I experienced a lot of that while I was there, but you shouldn't. I find that porteños are generally pretty closed off to strangers, and it's difficult to get past this barrier especially if you want to make some close Argentinian friends. But if you somehow managed to get past this, they are generally very warm and friendly people.

    Message me some specific questions if you have any.