Mail Forwarding Revisited

After nearly two years in Buenos Aires, I thought it would be a good time to revisit some of my earlier posts on planning my original move from the States and update them based on my experiences. The first topic I decided to start with was the one on using a mail forwarding service to … Read more

Expat Tax Benefits

Seeing as how today is April 15th (the day taxes are due in the United States), I thought it would be fitting to finally finish the post I had been working on regarding some of the tax benefits to being an expat. When I decided to move to Buenos Aires last year, I wasn’t aware … Read more

Day Trippin’ to Colonia, Uruguay (AKA “The Expat Shuffle”)

Like many expats, we’re here on tourist visas which are only valid for 90 days. Now, there’s a few ways to extend that time: Head to prorrogas de permanencia at the office of migraciones and pay for a 90 day extension. The cost is $100 pesos and you can only do this once per 90 … Read more

Argentina to Require “Visa” Fee for Tourists

Argentina Reciprocity Fee UPDATE: As of March 24, 2016, the reciprocity fee is no longer required for US passport holders. The Argentina reciprocity fee must now be paid in advance for all entries into Argentina – air, land and sea. We have a complete guide on  how to pay the Argentina entrance fee as the form is a bit … Read more

Registering to Vote Overseas – Absentee Ballot

With this being the presidential election year, remembering to register for an absentee ballot seems even more critical. Luckily, the Federal Voting Assistance Program has a newly redesigned web site to help with this process.  And this week the U.S. Embassy sent out the following email with more details: New Website for Overseas Voters We … Read more

Learning Spanish

I had my first Spanish lesson on Tuesday, and thanks to reading another blog, I found a great teacher, Marco Luccón who runs Hablar en Buenos Aires. He’s 24 and really loves languages and teaching. He has split his apartment in Palermo into a living area and a classroom (complete with whiteboard) and has prepared … Read more

Not Everything Goes According to Plan – Part II

As much as you may plan, not everything always goes according to that plan. Case in point: while all my luggage made it in one piece, not all the contents of the luggage made it in one piece.  I just discovered this today when I moved into my new apartment and I hooked up my computer and … Read more