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Gayle
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Username: Flaka

Post Number: 9
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 6:42 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi everyone,

I have a few questions. We will be traveling in October and what should I bring as a jacket to wear in the evening? How cool does it get? Also, is there a VAT tax on food, merchandise, etc.?

Do we have a date yet in October when some of us can meet on a weekend day for a parrilla? This forum is wonderful. My husband has gone on an engineer forum and he is corresponding with a couple of engineers in Argentina who he plans on meeting while we are there. He speaks fluent Spanish (his parents are from Argentina)and was inquiring as to the availability of consulting work in B.A. as we are considering relocating there.
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Spartaco Margioni
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Username: Spinsk

Post Number: 1
Registered: 8-2007
Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 10:03 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

hello all, I am looking to visit Argentina and have never been there. I am an artist and looking to take some TESL classes as well, check out the entire scene. I have read online and heard from some friends that Argentina is quite cheap. Since I am an artist is truly the words, "starving artist" would apply to me, any help would be grand. It seems like real estate, apts, the like are quite cheap from what I can see online. Any recommendations for TESL classes as well, where to live? I am also thinking of checking out Uruguay as well. Cheers and thanks. Ciao
S.
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Roberto
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 1273
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, September 05, 2007 - 11:46 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

@ Spartaco... I believe we covered most of your inquiries in the other threads.

Gayle, sorry for the delay.

I have been going through my messages and found this alert in the middle of all the spam. October is already spring in Argentina and in general weather is really great. Although not as stable as it used to be -weather patterns have been changing much- October should be mild warm during the day and just a little chilly at nights. Not bad at all. I always think of the weather in BA during October as the one in San Fransisco.

There is tax in everything you buy in Argentina. All merchants (services and merchandise) are supposed to collect taxes (IVA) but you should keep the receipts because you can recoup that cost at the airport the day you leave (for some of the items bought). Most retail stores in malls are very familiar with this so you should always ask. They will make you fill up some kind of form and give you a copy. That paper will have the details as to how to get your money back.

THE GATHERING
Unfortunately, I have postponed my trip to Argentina to November/December. Some personal issues. But I urge you to contact the other members who will very likely be in Argentina during your stay together with the ones who reside there permanently. At the very least, a small group can gather to have some coffee, take pictures and post them here at the forum so we can see who is who.

The thread for the gathering is here in case you want to drop a line.
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Tom
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Username: Diverdown48

Post Number: 437
Registered: 6-2006


Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 3:55 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hey Roberto
The great American writer, Samuel Clemins aka Mark Twain, once said words to the effect that San Francisco in the summer was one of the coldest places he had ever been.

Buenos Aries in the Spring is not that cold.

In the winter, of course I was not there when it snowed this past year, is fairly mild in my humble opinion. I compare it to north Florida in the winter where I lived for several years.
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Roberto
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 1288
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 5:38 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Good comparison, Tom. Thanks!
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movingtoargentina.typepad.com
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Username: Sapphos

Post Number: 94
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 10:38 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Spartaco, I wanted to speak up about your concerns as a "starving artist". Although BA is less expensive than some places, it's not cheap like it used to be. If you are planning on living in BA for awhile you should make sure you have a nest egg set aside for at least 6 months preferably a year. The cost of things is going up and housing for foreigners is often limited to pricey temporary rentals usually in US dollars. Teaching English can be risky because there are so many people who do it and the market is saturated, and you may very well be paid in pesos which may not give you the lifestyle you're seeking.

That all said, it is all relative of course, If you're coming from someplace like NYC or London, than BA is a bargain. Just be aware of the pitfalls and be prepared. Have a great time and enjoy!

Laura
Ebook Moving to and Living in Buenos Aires, Argentina
http://movingtoargentina.typepad.com

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