Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
Our InterNations recommended blog section features talented expat bloggers from around the world. Their offerings to the blogosphere have been selected for their great entries and high quality, whether they may be funny, informative, interesting, deeply personal or a combination of all of the above.
Let’s hear from our featured bloggers in Buenos Aires:
I wasn’t fully prepared – I had never lived in a really big city before, and I did not know how different that kind of life was. I was used to just walk into the woods or take the car to drive into the mountains when I felt like it. But I am happy with my decision and would not change one bit of it!
Life in Buenos Aires is completely different from that of Los Angeles. After ten years I still am not adjusted, and never will be. Life is much more difficult here, and more so for me because I am older and without funds. I think if one is young with a good income it would be a lot easier. This is the Third World after all, and Argentina especially is not well organized. It’s better if you can go with the flow: i.e., crazy inflation, regular power outages and blocked streets, an abundance of legal holidays when everything is closed, frequent shutdowns of public transportation, strictly a cash society, etc.
BA is not as cheap as it once was. Do not expect to come here and teach English and have a good lifestyle. There is a lot of outdated information on the web about the actual cost of living. Be sure to do your research first.
Go with an open mind, be patient, and remember that the landscape here is constantly evolving – if you don’t adapt, things will lose their charm fast! Overall, don’t try to make your life in BA resemble any other life you’ve had in the past – the joy is in establishing a new identity with this marvelous city as your backdrop.
No way. I'm a small town girl, but I'm flexible too. People say to come with an open mind, but I think it's more important to be flexible, ready to change at any moment and do something different. You can save yourself some big headaches and frustrations that way.
I don’t think that anything on earth can truly prepare you for the experience of life in Buenos Aires. I have no regrets about my preparations or decisions. Looking back the only thing I would have done differently is that I would have tried to connect with the expat community there early on.
While there were certainly things to get used to, no, I don't think there was any real difficulty in adjusting, other than learning a new language, which I threw myself into and picked up relatively rapidly, at least enough to hold basic conversations, and later on, reasonable fluency.