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Poking Fun at Expats (Americans) In Buenos Aires

So, today seems to be the day to make fun of Americans escaping the economic crisis and heading to Buenos Aires to take advantage of the strong dollar. I actually am quite proud of myself for having predicted this trend back in September 2008.  No, I didn’t predict the influx of expats (that started after the 2001 crash) but I did wonder if more New Yorkers would be moving to Buenos Aires after the financial turmoil started.

First, Gawker published their story, Buenos Aires Ruined By I-Bankers, which was itself prompted by a New York Observer piece, quoting them:

You’d start the day at a park and then run into five former bankers, and then you’d wind up at a bar and all of a sudden there would be 15 of them,” Mr. Webb said. “Ex-bankers, ex-traders, Lehman guys, Bear guys, everyone. Guys that got screwed by their job and came to a place where everything was cheap. It’s fuckin’ beautiful and the sun was going down at 9:30.”

and stating that the city is now populated by laid-off American bankers.

Then BlackBook also got into the fray with Strong Dollar + Weak Steaks = More Douchebags in Argentina while pointing out that this trend is nothing new.  They also added a pretty funny video called “Meet the Foreigns.”


You have to be able to laugh at yourself, right?  Well, hopefully the new arrivals will drop their Wall Street ways, appreciate the local culture and spend their time learning the language, but I guess we’ll have to see.  I’m sure I’ll still be able to pick out the Americans when walking through Palermo…


Argentina’s Proposed Tourist Entry Fee Postponed Indefinitely

Argentina Tourist Entry Fee Postponed IndefinitelyUPDATE:  The fee has gone into effect. Please check out my newer post on Argentina’s new entrance fee.

Good news for expats and tourists alike!  Argentina’s proposed tourist entry fee which was scheduled to start January 1, 2009, and then re-scheduled for March 2009, has been postponed indefinitely.  This means that those trips to Uruguay will not cost anymore for us expats. ($131 US was the reciprocal rate for American citizens.)

Argentina had planned to use this money to help modernize many of their immigration computer systems, estimating that it would bring in $40 million per year. However, they never did any research as to how it would impact tourism before they enacted the legislation. Now, amid the global recession, tourism in Argentina has fallen for three straight months, and there’s no end in site.  With tourism bringing $4 billion annually to the Argentine economy, the thought of charging an additional fee without knowing how it may further impact the tourism decline may have been enough to put this proposal on hold indefinitely.


A Saturday Night at Milion

Last Saturday we headed over to Milion to meet a few other expats and bloggers. It was great to finally meet Jackson and Erika as well as some of their friends, including Anne, Anna, and Fred.  Milion is a great bar, lounge and resataurant set in an old townhome with an amazing back yard. And while it was a bit too cold to be outside, we had a great time meeting a lot of new people and hearing everyone’s stories on what brought them to Buenos Aires. I have to say that everyone is very interesting.

Anne took some great photos which I’m reposting here.

We’ll definitely have to do it again.


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 encourage you to visit the newly redesigned Federal Voting Assistance Program website at www.fvap.gov, the official U.S. government website for overseas voters.  The updated website features an automated Voter Registration and Ballot Delivery tool that will greatly improve the vote-by-mail process.

There are two options for overseas voters using the FVAP website:

  • Visit www.fvap.gov and click “Get Started” to be directed to an online Federal Postcard Application and instructions for your state; or
  • Visit www.fvap.gov and click “Use our New Automated Tool to Register/Request a Ballot” under Quick Links in the lower right-hand corner of the home page.  You will be redirected to www.fvap.com, a fully automated site that requires you to create a user account and password.

Voter Registration & Requesting an Absentee Ballot
Voters who have not yet registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot should do so now using the FVAP website.  You may also pick up a hard copy of the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) from any U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

You should also complete a new Federal Postcard Application if you have moved or changed your name since the last time you voted.

Your local voting officials should mail your absentee ballot 30 to 45 days before the November 4 general election.  Return your voted ballot as early as possible.  Be aware of your state’s ballot receipt deadline, as well as any postmarking requirements.

Emergency Ballots
The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) serves as an emergency ballot for voters who registered in time but fail to receive an official ballot from local election officials.  You can access the FWAB using www.fvap.gov as well.

The Voting Assistance Officer at the U.S. Embassy is also always available to answer questions about absentee voting.  To contact the Voting Assistance Officer, call 011-5777-4818 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

If you use the online application, it will generate a ballot request PDF file for you to download and then mail or fax to the local voting office of your last U.S. address. They will then send you a ballot via mail or fax when it’s time to vote. (Need a fax number? Check out eFax for a free incoming fax-to-email service. You have to pay to send faxes.)

So, what are you waiting for? Get registered to vote now.