experiences in argentina

have you traveled to or lived in argentina? share your experiences

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argentina - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/04/13.

I studied abroad in Buenos Aires for 5 months and then returned for an additional 2 years. So almost 2 ½ years in total. When I went there to study abroad I wanted to study Spanish. I had already been to Spain and Mexico and wanted to try something different. Argentina was far, exotic, I knew almost nothing about it, and there were a lot of study abroad programs located in there. I gave it a shot and I loved it.

After I graduated college, I returned to teach English. I wasn’t sure how long I planned on staying, I thought maybe a year at most. I ended up staying 2 years. And I really only came back to the US because I missed my family and having legal status (being able to open bank accounts, cell phone accounts, work legally, etc…)

Buenos Aires is a major metropolitan city. It sits at the mouth of a river delta. The weather is very temperate. Hot and humid in the summer, chilly in the winter (but rarely below freezing). It is huge, and sprawling. The 3rd largest city in Latin America in fact.

It has a downtown (the location of the obelisk) with large buildings but very few true skyscrapers. The architecture is influenced by French, Spanish and Italian buildings from the...

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buenos aires, argentina - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 30s

posted by anonymous on 10/30/13.

How old were you when you came to Argentina? Where were you before?

I moved to Argentina when I was about 30. Immediately before that I had been in Costa Rica for a bit more than a year and before that had come from my home state of California. Before moving to Latin America, I had already spent close to a year over many individual trips, so I had some clue what I was getting into.

Describe your impressions of Buenos Aires. Did you like living there?

I arrived in the middle of the night with no idea where I was going to stay and I had never been there before. I jumped in a taxi and just cruised from hotel to hotel looking for a room.

What struck me off the bat was that despite it being about 3AM, there were people all over the place, and not shady looking creeper types, just normal people out for a late, late night on the town. Of all the large cities I've been in at 3AM Buenos Aires, at least the central downtown area was decidedly less sketchy than most.

I'm not much of a city guy, I really prefer mountains and small towns. Buenos Aires is a big bustling city and the nearest mountain in the country is about 500 miles away, so I really missed the outdoors while I was...

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buenos aires, argentina - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 30s

posted by anonymous on 11/22/13.

How much time have you spent in Argentina?

I was there just shy of 5 years, from Feb, 2009 to Oct, 2013.

How old were you when you came to Argentina? Where were you before?

I was 32 when I arrived. Before, I was living in Seattle, and had just finished m bachelor at the University of Washington.

What brought you to Argentina? What made you choose Argentina over any other place you could've gone?

I am a linguist and spent about 5 years studying Spanish before graduating from the university. I had a Dominican friend who learned English in the US when there as part of an NGO. I spoke to him after he returned home and noticed that he had lost a lot of his English in the month or so that he was there. For me, that sealed the deal - I was going to do a masters, so why not do it in a Spanish-speaking country? I knew that I needed to "seal" the language in, and had to go right away so that it didn't go stale. I researched a number of countries: Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, and decided that Argentina looked like the best bet since it is a very developed country, and has a very good infrastructure (and free healthcare!).

What is Buenos Aires like? What are the...

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buenos aires, argentina - anonymous' thoughts after months there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 11/05/13.

How much time have you spent in Argentina?

I spent around 2 months in Argentina. An old friend of mine from high school was studying there at the time, and since her parents didn’t want her to be alone, she was encouraged to invite friends along to stay at her apartment with her. I moved from Seattle, Washington in the US down to Argentina in the late summer of 2010 and left after about 2 months.

How old were you when you came to Argentina? Where were you before? What brought you to Argentina?

I was 23 at the time. I was living in Seattle before I left, and the main reason that I wanted to go to Argentina was because I’d never lived outside the country before, and the opportunity to spend more than a week or so abroad sounded much better than staying in the Pacific Northwest. Argentina (and Buenos Aires specifically) had a reputation for being one of the major cultural centers of South America and I wanted to experience it very badly.

My choice was largely based on the fact that my room was free. My friend, Adri, lived in a building owned by her father. Her parents were so thrilled that she wouldn’t be living alone that they offered me the room for free.

I should also...

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buenos aires, argentina - anonymous' thoughts after months there in their 30s

posted by anonymous on 12/12/13.

How much time have you spent in Argentina?

3 months.

How old were you when you came to Argentina? Where were you before?

34 - I had just moved from Medellin, Colombia.

What brought you to Argentina? What made you choose Argentina over any other place you could've gone?

I wanted to get a good mix in my year of slow travel around South America - Buenos Aires is the big city of South America - they call it the Paris of the south, and you really do get that sensation of being in European city with all that old world architecture.

Describe the city you lived in in Argentina and your impressions of it.

It was a huge city - there was a sense of faded glory about it - which makes sense historically. There's a lavishness about the architecture and the food and culture that mixes with the current economic situation that contributes to that feeling.

How does the city you lived in compare to other cities in Argentina? What drew you to the city you lived in over other cities in Argentina?

It's like any big city in the world - people are little bit brusque, it takes forever to get anywhere - but I wanted to live there to get that classic Argentinian experience, and I felt...

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