replied to the thread Banking Concerns
on the Argentina forum:
I am new and literally just moved to Buenos Aires from USA (California) 2 days ago. As you can imagine, I've already dealt with adjusting to the new areas, learning the buses and Metro, buying electric plug adapters for USA plugs, and also walking to Central to get the "Blue" exchange rates of 14.5 versus the 8.5? Is the 8.5, the Gringo rate?
I've gotten some good feedback, but my still real issue now is trying to figure out the uncertain banking situation in Argentina. Many people on other Expat sites said I should NOT open an Argentina bank, but maybe open one in safer Montevideo? All of my money is back in the USA and I have to figure out where to move it as I cant keep paying ATM fees and need to get an apartment, plus most banks here seem really skittish over giving anything more than 1,000 pesos through ATM.
I know that there is that rule about only moving $10,000 at a time, but cant you move it all over to an International Trust (like Belize or Singapore) and not have that problem. I'd still need a local bank to pull funds from or does everyone else here just "Stuff it in their Mattresses"
Thanks in advance for all advice,
replied on September 25, 2014 with:
I agree and don't forget my vineyards in San Rafael.
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Thanks Tom. I try to find a opportunities for expat in general Real Estate. I think is good moment to invest, because the next year price is high.
replied to the thread Apartment to rent in Tucuman
on the Argentina forum:
I would like to rent a furnished apartment in San Miguel de Tucuman for 2 or 3 months, April to June 2015.
Does anyone know of anywhere and the likely costs?
My girlfriend lives in Tucuman but it is not possible to stay with her yet ( family issues) so I will rent.I have been once to Tucuman for 2 weeks last month and will return for a month at the end of September.I will/have been, staying in hotels.
I am retired, from England, she works as an English teacher.
replied on September 21, 2014 with:
I receive many requests for more information about San Rafael and for "affordable" accommodations.
What may be affordable to one is not for another. What monthly price range are you looking for and that will tell me what to suggest.
Regarding information about San Rafael, just Google it and you will be able to learn a lot more than my pontificating.
Once you know the basics I will be happy to suggest more specific questions.
replied on September 17, 2014 with:
Thanks once more for the advice.
Unfortunately she has no Italian connections so it will be at the mercy of the UK bureaucrats. I was looking at asserting a treaty right under EU law ( my right as an EU citizen to have a family member come to the UK to live with me) and that seemed to be above UK law. I've tried a few lawyers to get an outline but they are interested only in fees. I know each case is individual, but there are surely guiding principles.
I should point out that the definition of a family member in EU law extends to partners.
On the question of trips.....on my next visit we are going to Salta, 4 hours on a nice coach, and a decent hotel I think! Last time it was a 2 hour journey to Taffi del Valle, a nice , peaceful place but the poverty en route was a real eye-opener.
replied to the thread Spanish lessons
on the Argentina forum on September 18, 2014:
I will arrive in Tucuman on Monday 22nd September and will be staying for 4 weeks. I had, amongst other things, arranged for Spanish lessons twice each week, 1 to 2 hours at a time.
It now transpires that the tutor has decided that she is not available.
I know it is short notice but if anyone can help, please get in touch.
I should add that I have some rudimentary knowledge of Spanish in terms of reading and writing but I am almost completely tongue-tied!!!
replied on September 18, 2014 with:
Finding the "right" teacher for Spanish is difficult if you want to know more than "Where is the Post Office?" and pay US$20 an hour.
My wife and I have lived in Mendoza and San Rafael for 5 year. She speaks fluent Spanish, me ... uh, very little.
What I did is carry a good English/Spanish paperback around and leaned some of the basics, e.g. "I want" or "I need" or "I have".
A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in San Rafael, Argentina
This guy has the right idea. San Rafael is great but you only get back what you put out.
Hopefully Kevdon is gone by now.
We have many expat as well as Argentine friends
I have lived in San Rafael 8 years and find the expat community fantastic! At my home we meet every Sunday for Bocce ball and a pot luck dinner.anywhere from 13 to 34 people come and we have a good time. I see most of them throughout the week for social events. We have had a couple of gossip mongers throughout the years and we quickly un-invite them.
The climate is wonderful, the local people are very nice and helpful. You can get along without much Spanish, many people speak some English and are very willing to help you.
replied to the thread criminal record
on the Argentina forum:
hi, any advice will be apreciated, im english but have lived in spain mallorca almost 30y, i have permenant resedencia, 25 sept going to argentina, my fiance is argentin national, although we lived together here few years, so on arival i will get my visiters visa stamp, its our intention to get married there, i have all of my pappers , b/c apostilla, my devorce apostilla here as it was a spaniish wedding, but my spanish criminal record shows a 10 year old record, they will not give me a 5 year old one, so how strict are they if i aply for resident permit being a spouse of a national, or will they deport me, im 70y old and my wife to be 64y, ?
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Once you are in Argentina you will also need to get a criminal record check done here. All your apostilled papers need to be legalized and translated here in Argentina. That includes your police clearance certificate from Spain. To answer your question. I am not sure how strict they are. Given your age they might be more lenient but it also depends agreat deal what is written in your criminal record. The best will be to visit immigration once you have all your documents ready and speak to them. That is the best advice I could give you.
I left the USA 2 months ago and am currently in Panama City. PC was not the cosmopolitan city I thought it was. I've always had my sights on Buenos a Aires and just bought a plane ticket to arrive Wednesday. Typically, I've been staying in hotels for the first week until I get the lay of the land.
I'm 45 years old, single, and want to be very close to the action near Downtown. I also like nice amenities versus older ones and close to transit as I have no car, etc. Can anyone please recommend what areas of the city I should focus on as I'm clueless at this point.
Thanks in advance,
I was just going to start a new topic on banking outside the country and saw this.
My situation is a bit different though as I have no interest in living in BA. I'm leaning toward Cordoba in a small town maybe even farther west so I wondered if Chile might be a better option for me? Could possibly take the train back and forth then. Anyone know what banking is like there vs Uruguay?
I would just be setting it up to receive Disability funds form my US bank. So it would be a regular deposit not a large amount.
Any thoughts on which country is safer to keep money in?
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This is a good point to know. Can you rent a Mail Box at the Post Office in Uruguay and use it as the address?
replied to the thread Ruta 81
on the Argentina forum:
On my next trip to Argentina I will be traveling in the north. As part of my travels I need to go from Formosa to Tartagal. Platforma 10 does not show bus service on Ruta 81, I find this hard to believe. Anybody have any information on this?
Thanks. Looks like my Plan B will have to do. Go by way of Ruta 16 to Salta and from there to Tartagal. Changing at J V Gonzalez is chancy. There is an arrival at 2:40 and a departure at 2:55 but if the arrival is late then you are stuck for 24 hours in the middle of nowhere.
I have logged over 10,000 miles in the last three years usually without a problem, sometimes I had to fall back on my plan B and on a couple of occasions Plan F (forget it and take the next bus to Bs As).
Disclaimer: I've never physically taken the route you are interested in but I wouldn't expect the situation to be very different from other remote areas in the north.
My maps show Ruta 81 as a gravel road for much of the way between Pluma de Pato and Pozo de Mortero and zooming in on Google Maps satellite view in random places confirms this. I would not expect any of the big, well-known bus companies to ply this route because it will be fraught with difficulties for them. They could probably offer "combinaciones" between Formosa, Resistencia and J V Gonzalez (Ruta 16) to Tartagal and you ought to be able to rely on the bus schedules if time is an issue for you.
If time is not an issue, you can be pretty sure that, on the ground you will find somebody who offers a service along Ruta 81 but it almost certainly won't be air-conditioned, keep to a schedule or even necessarily be a bus. I haven't tried looking for a website because the kind of transport companies who run this sort of route seldom seem to have one - the people who live locally know all they need to know. You might do better with some imaginative search terms but as I mentioned earlier, once you actually get there, things will fall into place - and you can always use Ruta 16 as your back-up plan.
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