Dagmar: South and North
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Buenos Aires, etc.
My name is Dagmar, I’m from Germany and moved to Spain when I finished university. I lived there for five years and then met my husband; we had a Skype relationship for about four months before I packed up and moved to Buenos Aires.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
In Argentina we live in the city, in Germany in a small village surrounded by nature. I simply felt like starting a site to upload thoughts and pictures that I could go back to when I missed either Argentina or Germany (we spend half our time in Argentina, the other half in Germany). Also, it’s an easy way to keep friends and family updated about our life!
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
Not really, I like them all and wrote them because I felt like it at the time. But generally, I like posts with lots of pictures and those that ponder on the differences between the two different cultures I live in.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Buenos Aires differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
I did not so much have trouble with the people in Argentina – there are no insurmountable differences between Argentines and Germans. There are small differences that are interesting, but not a problem. I already spoke the language, so that was not a problem, either. But I did and do have trouble getting used to living in the city. I am a country girl and need to be outside; I don’t like the noise and crowdedness in the city!
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Buenos Aires? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
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!
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
I haven’t had any funny experiences so far… One thing that strikes me as funny is how little understanding I get from my in-laws in Argentina with regard to my German desire to accompany pasta dishes with salad.
And I have to laugh when people in Germany believe that a walking distance of 1 or 2 km from where you leave your car is far…you get a whole new understanding of distances in America.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Buenos Aires?
Try and get used to mate – if you want to socialize and make friends in your new home, that’s the way to go! ;-)
How is the expat community in Buenos Aires? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
Since I practically moved into an existing circle of friends and family, and both my husband and I work from home, I did not really make any new friends outside that group. But I would love to meet fellow expats!
How would you summarize your expat life in Buenos Aires in a single, catchy sentence?
I’m really only half an expat – 50% or my life is in Germany, 50% in Argentina. So that would be the title of my blog: South and North – Life between two continents!