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An Expat Talks about Living in San Rafael, Argentina

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

San Rafael

How long have you lived there?

13 Months

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

There's a small but very friendly group of about 40 expats - so there's always someone to take you for a game of squash at the squash club or tennis at the tennis club. Weekends are usually spent having an asado with friends in either Valle Grande or Los Reyunos where you can also go rafting, hiking, camping, paragliding or just swim in the lakes and rivers. Then there's always Scottish dancing at Mike Stewarts! There are plenty of gyms and martial arts establishments to join, it's a very outdoors, fit lifestyle.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Not in the least diverse! Well over 90% catholic and well over 95% of European descent. The main employment in the area at the moment is in agriculture, but tourism is rapidly gaining a hold. People here are pretty relaxed about everything. Their reaction to people pretty much depends on your own attitude.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Agriculture and tourism. There are opportunities in export if you have the right contacts, most foriegners here at the moment are either working on their own farms or have set their own businesses up. Because of the resurgence of the Argentine economy there are some fantastic opportunities if you're prepared to work. English teachers are always in demand.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Life here definately revolves around family and friends. Socializing is a big part of Argentine life. Siestas offer families and friends the opportunity to eat together and you'll still see families wandering the streets for an ice cream at 1 in the morning. Sport plays a heavy part in life here, cycling is very popular as are sporting events like Triathlons. Rafting, kayaking, and hiking attract lots of people at weekends. There are also a speedway track and motor racing track, which get a lot of use. There are a number of museums in town along with a cinema and outdoor theatre.

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Learn Spanish before you come. Lack of Spanish won't stop you from achieving anything, but you'll miss out on some fantastic social situations. Other than that, be ready to eat some fantastic steaks and drink some incredible wine.

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