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A reader commented on the Expat Report Info about The English Group of Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Describe your group.
We are a group of people who practice English every Friday at a coffee shop in Buenos Aires. It's an easy going and informal meeting, free, just for pleasure. We have been meeting every Friday for over 10 years to practice our English.

All are at a level that enables us to speak English fluently, which is a requirement to participate. We like to chat about ordinary things but traveling is our favorite subject.

Every Friday, foreign travelers who are on holidays in Buenos Aires and are interested in meeting "natives" visit us. This kind of exchange and sharing of cultures and points of view means learning and developing for all of us.

If you are interested in participating and can speak in an advanced level of English, email us for further details. Open to all ages. grupo_de_ingles@hotmail.com Facebook Group: http://bit.ly/Tegoba (Continue)

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hi! this is a good thing...I am from Australia and looking for a similar club but in Rosario ( Santa Fe)...any possible help to find it? Thanks dd-x
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
You will find people are more like you than you think (Continue)
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Having lived in BA for almost 9 years, I think tht my thought are considerably different than those of the person who answered the questions. I have visited almost 50 countries, was born in the U.S. and lived in Barcelona for 5 years , before moving to BA. I don't know if living in BA gives one a "cultural shock" or just a plain shock. Some comments, at random: There are no bread slicing machines in bakeries. I don't mean packaged super market bread. There are (generally) no scales for customer's use in the produce section of super markets. I have eaten in MANY restaurants. I can only think of 2 where the servce was pleasant. I think that the criteria for being hired for a job is answering yes to the question," do you want the job" The incompetence is shocking, particularly in stores. Customer service doesn't exist. The customer is always wrong. I will never forget seeing a woman entering a taxi with a baby in her arms. The driver behind the taxi (a private car)wouldn't stop blasting his horn. I wish I had had a rock to throw. What about inflation? Please don't speak English in a taxi. When drivers hear English, that's a sign for them to rip you off I ca't think of a single complimentary adjective to describe PorteƱos. The richer they or think they are, the worse they are.
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Really good.... May I ask what would be ideal salary for comfortable life in BA?
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Info about Gays Away in Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Describe your group.
Gays Away in Buenos Aires is a social group for resident and visiting gay expatriates and friends that meets in Buenos Aires every Thursday night. (Continue)
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no longer meet? .... :/
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This group no longer meets.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Having a Baby in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
I have private insurance with Medicus, one of the top insurance companies here. I had to take it two months prior to getting pregnant to be fully covered. We are paying 168 US or 535 pesos per month.

I was recommended to a obstetrician who specializes in C-sections. I've had only one visit with him, but he made sure to give me his cell phone. I've already had to use it when I had some slight issues. I was able to reach him on a Sunday night, and after a phone consultation, he sent me to the local "sanitario" which admitted me immediately for an ultrasound. I received excellent care and was amazed to be able to get not only my doctor, but actually to have him call and prep the doctor on staff at the sanitario. (Continue)

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Medicus and OSDE are good medical insurance companies but they do not accept anyone with preexisting conditions. If you have a preexisting condition of any kind, there seem to be no exceptions, they will not cover you. Try a private hospital insurance plan instead.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Dating and Marriage in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Just another perfect example of Machismo culture. Welcome to South America, it's the same crap all over.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Dating and Marriage in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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What is it like in your country of residence for someone with your relationship status (married/divorced/dating)? If you're single, how do you meet other people? Do English-speaking people tend to gravitate to certain parts of your city?
Meeting men and receiving compliment from them is easy in Argentina. But after having spent 6 months in Buenos Aires, I can tell you that these compliments are sexual harassment in disguise so don't be fooled and don't be flattered. The feminist movement has yet to reach BsAs. Some may argue that men's attitudes towards women are due to cultural differences, but these cultural differences are rooted in the fact that men have ZERO respect for women. I have met a SLEW of handsome men and only a few have earned my companionship and only 1 has earned my respect. The minute you begin to challenge men or begin to put up a fight, any woman will see that these handsome, lovable, seductive men are sexist, ignorant, and immature. There's no knocking any sense into their heads. (Continue)
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To begin, I am an American Expat, living in Ecuador and I must say your report rings true based on what I have seen here in Ecuador. Machismo reigns supreme and the manifestations of it are just as you have described. Local men in Cuenca have no real respect for women and the undying love they profess at the initial stages of relationships are just what is expected of them from their female counterparts in this culture, but of course they are saying the exact same thing to 5 other women at the same time. This makes it extremely difficult for ANY sincere and honest man actually looking to cultivate a meaningful relationship with women in this culture. Don't expect to be believed and if you're not willing to play the games of initial attraction recognized/woman rejects man/man pursues with ardor and claims undying love/repeat process with next person, then you will be hunting for a needle in a haystack. The exceptions are few and far between and you have to have lots of patience to find them.
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Expat Report Living in Buenos Aires, Argentina was published
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Vamos Spanish Academy - www.vamospanish.com for Spanish classes, activities and workshops around the city, including city tours, biking tours, wine tasting, cooking classes, and adventure travel around Argentina and South America (Continue)
Expat Report Dating and Marriage in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Skipper747 was published
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What is it like in your country of residence for someone with your relationship status (married/divorced/dating)? If you're single, how do you meet other people? Do English-speaking people tend to gravitate to certain parts of your city?
I did not seek nor associate specifically with English speaking people. I am multilingual fully fluent English-Spanish-French, good Dutch and basic Portuguese. Learned some German in school as kid, but forgot 90% of it. Being native of Brussels and traveling extensively around the world (was airline pilot) my personal friends were airline-industry people of any language. Previously, I had lived (25 years) and based in USA. (Continue)
Expat Report Living in Buenos Aires, Argentina was published
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Wine tasting Events - Great way at meeting expat!! Project Green Leaf www.projectgreenleaf.net Spanglish - Spanish & English speaking events in intimate settings www.spanglish.com (Continue)
Expat Report Review of BAICA in Buenos Aires, Argentina was published
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How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The facilities are brand new. It is a small school and class sizes are small. Learning is a very personalized and caring experience. Teachers encourage excellence in a loving environment. There are AP courses available, also extracurricular activities such as TaeKwon Do, Chess, Drama, Computer Lab,a great Art program, AWANA, etc. They go twice a week to a P.E. Campus nearby to practice several sports. (Continue)

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