Kelly: Live, Cook, Eat Abroad
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 Kelly, I'm originally from Wisconsin, but I moved to France after graduating from university. I lived there for three years before moving to Buenos Aires, about three years ago. I studied Linguistics in college, but when I was in France, I really fell in love with baking and decided to go to culinary school and explore my passion.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
About a year ago I decided that I wanted to start documenting my baking experiences and share recipes and tips with people. Up to then, I had been an avid reader of many blogs, so I thought I should give back in some way.
Do you have any favourite blog entries of yours?
I interviewed my grandma, who was a big influence on me personally and professionally. It was fun getting to know her better and paying homage to a very special woman.
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?
Buenos Aires is a big city. Lots of things going on, culturally and gastronomically-speaking, so it's a great place to be and explore, but there's also a lot of people and commotion, so it can be over-whelming sometimes. But, I just try and find ways to disconnect from it all- that's usually when I end up in the kitchen.
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?
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.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
I lost my passport once in a taxi. Luckily the driver tracked me down and offered to bring it back, of course only if I agreed to pay him a ransom. It was at that moment that I really understood how resourceful Argentines were!
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Buenos Aires?
- Practice your Argentine accent; it will get you a lot further if you talk like the locals.
- Get ready to eat lots of delicious food, and if you're a vegetarian, consider converting.
- Make the most of your time here and travel around the country. Argentina has so much more to offer than just Buenos Aires.
How is the expat community in Buenos Aires? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
The expat community here is really tight-knit. Everyone knows each other and helps each other out. I couldn't ask for anything better.
How would you summarize your expat life in Buenos Aires in a single, catchy sentence?
Sweet and sour.