Amelia: Amelia McGoldrick Blog
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Argentina, etc.
I am a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Toronto, Canada. I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina on Feb 3, 2011.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
Right away! I had been meaning to start a blog and this was a perfect time. I wanted to blog about my expat experiences through the eye of my lens. It’s such a fantastic city to photograph!
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours? Please add the URL as well.
I think the most popular entry is of last year’s Carnaval in Gualeguaychú (nearly naked women surely had nothing to do with it, right?)
Tell us about the ways your new life in Argentina differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
I have traveled a lot and lived in Ireland, Mexico and Australia so I tend to adapt quite easily. The language was tough at first (who am I kidding, it still is!) as the dialect is so different from any other Spanish I had heard and the locals speak so FAST!
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Argentina? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I started my company Day Clicker Photo Tours shortly after my arrival. At first, things were overwhelming and I really didn’t know what I was doing at all. I wish I had done some more research about starting a business in a foreign country. I also wish I had been a bit braver. I felt a little insecure about the whole experience and lacked the necessary confidence, but I have learned from my mistakes and things are great now.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Of course! If you are in a country where you are trying to learn the language there are always funny stories. There are many, so here’s a quick one.
I was carrying a lot of groceries home when I decided to go to my local wine shop for a bottle. I bought my wine and was picking up my groceries when the shop owner asked me if I wanted help with my bags. I declined, told him ‘No, thank you, I am strong’ while flexing my bicep muscle to prove my point. Only later that night when I was telling my story to my local friend, he shook his head and started laughing uncontrollably. He told me that what I told the shop keeper was not ‘I am strong’ but ‘I am gorgeous’ while flexing my muscles. Embarrassing to say the least. Even more embarrassing is that it wasn’t the first time I said it. I had been telling a good portion of Buenos Aires that ‘I am gorgeous!’ for a few months.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Argentina?
- Learn the language.
- Do some research.
- Contact other expats through online forums before you arrive and get some tips.
How is the expat community in Argentina? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
Absolutely NOT! I have met the best people both locals and expats and I have made some incredible friends that will no doubt be in my life for a very long time!
How would you summarize your expat life in Argentina in a single, catchy sentence?
Amazing experience of fun, friends and fotos!