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How The Path Was Forged

433Countdown: three months til I join the ranks of the US born, Argentine expats. There is so much to do and so much information online that it can be hard to sort through and make sense of it all! Fortunately, there are some adventurous and generous souls who have forged this path before me and are making their experiences known all over the internet. From popular social networking sites and news sources to tweets and blog posts, there is no shortage of first-hand BA knowledge in cyberspace!

Here is a list of all of the ways I am working to get there:

My current favorite source of social, political, cultural everything is The Argentina Independent. The site is up-to-date, written in English, and posts something about nearly anything I want to look into that is happening in Latin America. The Weekly News Roundups, also accessible through their Facebook page every Friday, provide quick summaries of the week’s events with links to further internet self education.

I’ve also been following Buenos Aires Life (@buenosaireslife) and Agenda Cultural (@bacultural) on Twitter. The former tweets everything from serious political issues to celebrity sightings, while the later focuses on where to eat, drink, and dance any night of the week. All important things! Tweets are in Spanish, which forces me to practice. No cheating!

BA Expat Hub is exactly what it sounds like; a place for non-natives to be in contact, share experiences, and get information. It appears to still be working on its content and user base, but is a valuable resource nonetheless. I like that it includes polls (Question: “What is your poison of choice for a night out?” Current winning answer: “Fernet y Cola!”) and new bar and restaurant reviews. I was particularly siked to learn that Happy Hour is typically from 7pm to 12am in BA! Nothing like a late night special. I recently submitted my first forum post asking the community for a head’s up on available apartments for October. We’ll see what kind of response I get!

And of course, Discover Buenos Aires has been my go-to blog for figuring out the practical matters of moving to Argentina. The author, Dave, is a NYC transplant who offers his experience and valuable advice regarding how to ride the city’s notoriously chaotic public transport, how to get an iPhone to work on the cheap in BA, and the best and worst deals for travel, banking, eating, and more. So much of my research for this trip has been based on Dave’s wise words!

I am writing about my experiences in planning my adventure from the States to Argentina on my own blog as well at Buenos Aires or Bust!

I’m still figuring it out, but I hope that all the tips I learn and decisions I make in this move, with the help of the BA online community, can be used by others hoping to do the same. Feel free to comment with advice, comments, and criticism! All productive input is welcome!

Muchos Besos!

– Amber
Buenos Aires or Bust!

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Eating Well in Argentina

EWAYou may think that with all that beef, facturas, alfajores and dulce de leche ice cream the Argentinean diet is an artery-clogger. You would be right – we have much room for improvement, but there are a few things you can take from us that will boost up your diet.

What can you learn from Argentinean food culture? Well, a good part of Argentineans are very health conscious and prefer to avoid grassy  foods and to go easy with sweets. Not all Argentineans eat beef and medialunas everyday… So, here are some aspects you should copy:

  • Eat at home. Argentineans eat most meals at home with their family. This helps you control food portions, to avoid added fats and sodium from restaurant food and promotes dialogue with your loved ones.
  • Keep it simple. Enjoy the simplicity of minimally processed real ingredients. Argentineans don’t add mayonnaise or butter to everything… Instead of creamy salad dressing, just use vinegar and olive oil for your salad; instead of putting butter to a steak, just add a little chimi churri or only some pepper. Learn to enjoy the flavor of the food itself with clean crisp dishes.
  • Choose lean cuts of beef. Lean cuts of beef can have as little as 1% fat (much less than a chicken thigh). Some lean cuts are: peceto, lomo, bola de lomo, cuadril, cuadrada, nalga, bife angosto, etc. Plus, some Argentinean beef is from pastures making a leaner meat, that it’s lower in saturated fat and cholesterol and with more content of healthy omega 3 fatty acids than cows from feed lots.
  • Drink mate. This herbed infusion is not only drank for its unique flavor, but also because it’s a ritual of sharing. It’s an energizing drink and some investigations suggest that it might help maintain your weight.

If you are coming to Argentina or if you are already living here, you may have some concerns about food and nutrition. Wondering where to find vegetarian options? Worried about food safety? Looking for kosher? How to order gluten free? What about organics? There is a new nutritionist-led app –Eat Well Argentina–  that has exclusive information on what to eat, where to eat and how to eat well when traveling to or living in Argentina. Healthy, authentic recipes by local chefs, in English and Spanish, and vocabulary with audio files are also included in this app available for Ipod, Ipad or Android.

Eat well & enjoy Argentinean food!

– Romina Defranchi
Global Dietitians

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Expats in Buenos Aires: 10 places to take your friends and family

IMG_1929Welcome to the first of several guest posts on the Discover Buenos Aires site. We’re happy to give some additional exposure to other BsAs bloggers and businesses.

As an expat in Buenos Aires, the occasion will eventually come up when some friends or family members may come to visit you in this far away city. The question is how will you show them a good time during their stay? Not to worry, for Buenos Aires has so many things to do and places to visit that you may not have time to do all of it. So here is a list of a few good activities that your visitors may enjoy.

Nº1: Have dinner at a local restaurant                                                                                                                      

You have certainly heard of the Argentine cuisine’s reputation. Well all you have heard is true, it is simply fantastic, especially when it comes to meat. So treat yourself to a dinner in a typical Parilla, where you will be able to eat so many different cuts of the best meat you have ever tried, accompanied by some of the best wine you may have ever tasted! Or you may try some of Argentina’s typical foods such as Locro.

Nº2: Self-guided walking tour around Recoleta and city Center

People call Buenos Aires the Paris of Latin America, and the neighborhood of Recoleta is there to prove it. Having lived in Paris most of my life, I was so surprised at the similarity in the architectural style the two cities had in common. If you had blindfolded me and taken me to Recoleta, my first reaction when you had uncovered my eyes would have been ‘I’m in Paris!’. And if you like walking the city center is a good place to go sightseeing.

Here is a little circuit of Recoleta

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Here is a little circuit of the city center:

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Nº3: Tango Show

There may probably be no need to say this, but going to a tango show is probably THE must-do of cultural attractions in Buenos Aires. If you leave the city without having gone to at least one, then your visitors may as well not have come at all. Although many think that tango shows are tourist traps, they are part of the professionalism of the local art. Many tango show dancers are worldwide champions,  and express the heart of the Porteño culture, so don’t miss out on the unique experience!

Nº4: Go to Tigre and visit the Islands.

If you want to escape from the noise and pollution one weekend, one of the best places to go is the city of Tigre. At not even 30 minutes away in train, this calm city is situated at the opening of the Rio de la Plata Delta, where one can enjoy a peaceful day going on a boat tour around the delta islands or visiting its famous Fruit Market.

Nº5: Visit a Gaucho Ranch/Gaucho District

You really can’t do anything more authentic than visiting the Gauchos, either on a one day tour of a gaucho ranch or going to San Antonio de Areco for an evening, where you will be able to witness a typical Gaucho shows usually and typical Argentine asados.

Nº6: Visit Uruguay

Buenos Aires is only a 1 hour boat ride from Uruguay’s famous city of Colonia or Montevideo, so there is no real excuse not to go. Colonia’s historical district is incredibly beautiful, and there are many good restaurants overlooking Rio de le Plata. It is a great place to take the family for a day. Montevideo is a very interesting city,  great if you feel like combining a urban environment with the relaxing atmosphere of sandy beaches.

Nº7: Go to a cultural show in either Corrientes or Teatro Colon

You may find in the city center a few places that the Porteños may call their local ‘Broadway’. In Corrientes you may find many modern shows such as musicals or standup comedy, whereas Teatro Colon offers more classical spectacles, such as opera, or classical music concerts.

Nº8: Visit the San Telmo and Matadores Fair

Every Sunday, you will be able to enjoy the San Telmo or the Matadero Fair, where you may find typical food and goods for sale and experience typical Argentine street shows. Also a great place to take the family on a sunny day. The Best way to combine the two is visit the Mataderos Fair in the morning, then go to the San Telmo one in the afternoon as it goes on until late at night.

Nº9: Walk around the Bosques de Palermo

Another great activity to do on a sunny Sunday afternoon is to walk around the beautiful Bosques de Palermo. This park is usually full of people on the weekend, and you have many fun things to do there such as go for a little boat ride around the lake, roller-skate around the park, or just simply stroll around the magnificent rose gardens while you try to get you tan on. You can also visit the planetarium and je Japanese Gardens. Here are a few links to see where these attractions are located:

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Nº10: Go to a football game

And finally keeping the best for last, there is no way you are leaving Buenos Aires without going to a football game. With no importance The experience in the stadiums of both River and Boca are so unique that you may find going to a game at home will seem boring after this.

So here are some of the best things to do with visiting friends or family in Buenos Aires. If you are looking for some more guided tours and activities in the city, check out the BsAs4U catalog, where we offer a safe online payment method with no extra fee and a 24/7 international customer service.

– Alex Daniell
Webracion Viajes

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