Quick catch-up on first few days in Buenos Aires

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We have been lax in posting over the last couple of days, and we don’t have much time now, but we thought we should do a quick summary of some highlights of our first couple of days here in Buenos Aires (with more details to come later):

-Our apartment is just ok, but it is in a cool neighborhood

-Jen found a cockroach in the bathroom; this is worrisome.

-There was a failed attempt by 3 hoodlums to steal Jen’s purse in the park yesterday–we will definitely write more about this as it was quite comical

-We went on a cool free walking tour and saw Retiro and Recoleta; we also learned that if you have private health insurance here (~$120/month) you get one free plastic surgery each year. Our guide pointed out all of the artificially enhanced locals along the tour.

-It seems that Argentinians walk very quickly as we frequently get passed on the street which didn’t happen back in SF–though, this could be because Jen is always gawking at a building

-We have had some very good food and some VERY bad food so far–walking into random places off the street has not gone well for us; we will seek out recommendations going forward

-The wine is good

-Tomorrow we start spanish school and have to be across town by 8:30am–this will be very hard seeing as though we have not yet woken up before noon.

-We don’t have to go to work tomorrow, do you :)

More to come, and pictures!

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Comments
  • Jen's parental units March 16, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Wow! We’re so happy there were no spiders—-Jen can handle cockroaches, but spiders are another universe!

    • ryan March 16, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      Very true!!

  • Maureen White March 25, 2010 at 9:33 am

    so true about the food. Here’s a great place for lunch: Sirop Folie, 166 Vincente Lopez (kind of down an alley, not far from the cemetery.)

  • craken June 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Can you give me any advice re health insurance? Which one do you think the best?

    Is there a rating service from a third party that you know of?

    I will be there in early August, planning to relocate from the USA permanently..

    Thank you for any information you can offer.

    • ryan June 21, 2010 at 1:16 am

      Congrats on the relocation plans! Unfortunately, we can’t help you much as we didn’t bother getting local insurance since we were still covered under our US policies for awhile. Also, I seem to remember that it’s pretty easy to get a policy quickly and there aren’t any pre-existing condition type things, so you can more or less wait until you need it to get it–I’m not 100% sure though, so worth reconfirming. I’d suggest you take a look at the local expat blog and I’m sure you’ll find more info: http://www.baexpats.org

      best!
      Ryan

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