Ask Us

We’ve been asked so many great questions about our relocation to Buenos Aires. If you have a question about how we’re doing it, what the city is like, or anything else, feel free to ask us here. If it’s blog worthy, we may end up posting about it.

If you have a question for us — any question — go ahead and ask us here.

Don’t forget to glance through our To-Do List. We may address some things you are looking for over there.

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31 Responses to “Ask Us”

  1. Mike Smith September 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    So…when r u comin’ back to Calif?

    • Stephen November 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

      When are you leaving? :)

  2. rk October 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    Hi Maggie,

    Congrats on this awesome project!! I’m so excited for you. How long will you be in BA?? My husband Matias and I will be there for a few days around Christmas and I’d love to meet up. Matias is from Argentina and has lots of friends in BA if you want some contacts!

    Rachel

    • Maggie October 17, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

      Hey Rachel!

      It’s great to hear from you. Stephen and I just got here this week, and we’re planning on staying one to two years, so I would LOVE to meet up around Christmas … I think last time we saw each other I was just out of high school:)

      I’d love to meet some people who know the city. Feel free to let them know that I’m here teaching English in case any of them want to brush up their skills. When you get a chance, let me know what’s new with you too. How many languages do you speak now? (I’m working on numero dos.) Hopefully we’ll talk soon.

      Ciao,

      Maggie

  3. Kara November 17, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    Hi, Maggie.

    Welcome to Buenos Aires! :) I have only been here a month or so longer than you, so I am also still settling in. Saw your husband’s post on BA Expats and found my way to the blog. I’m a teacher (taught third grade in the US) hoping to continue my work with ESL while I’m here.

    If you want to meet for coffee (I had the same smile on my face when I successfully ordered a cortado en jarrito the first time, haha) or tea sometime, let me know.

    Cheers!

    Kara

    • Maggie November 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

      Hey Kara,

      It’s great to hear from you. I’d love to meet up for a coffee sometime. What’s your schedule next week look like, and where do you live? I’m in San Cristobal, but I go to school in the afternoon in Almagro, close to Palermo. Hopefully we’ll meet soon!

      -Maggie-

  4. natalie November 24, 2011 at 1:13 am #

    hello!
    i found your blog through a website, and congrats on the move!! i wish to have your courage someday :-)
    question: as an avid dreamer of BA i would LOVE to visit there someday, but having barely any spanish language knowledge, i was wondering how hard it is to get around the city.
    thanks so much and i look forward to future posts!

    xx natalie

    • Stephen December 26, 2011 at 1:38 am #

      Hi Natalie,
      From our perspective, it’s really not that difficult to get around the city if you’re (1) not worried about being embarrassed at using broken Spanish, (2) really quick at learning the public transportation system, or (3) you live in the area you spend most of your time and can walk most places (like in Palermo). Porteños are really helpful in giving directions and depending on the neighborhood there’s a decent number of people who speak advanced English.
      Thanks for reading and keep that dream alive. We love Buenos Aires, quirks and all.

  5. Franco December 14, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    A very cool blog. I am Canadian and living in BA too. Enjoy your adventures — there’s so much to do!

    • Stephen December 26, 2011 at 1:41 am #

      Thanks, Franco. We’re really learning to slow down and enjoy as much as possible. Buenos Aires is teaching us a lot of good things.

  6. mienke December 30, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    Hi Stephen and Maggie!

    really enjoyed reading your blog, so many similar experiences, frustrations and joys :)
    my husband and I moved over to BsAs 2 months ago, still trying to find our feet,

    would be great to meet up, explore together?

    hope 2012 will be a year filled with incredible moments to remember in your old days ;)

    *mienke & jaco

    • Stephen December 31, 2011 at 11:18 am #

      Hello and Happy New Year! We’d totally be up for getting together. We have your email.

  7. Dawn January 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Hi Stephen and Maggie,
    Wonder if you remember me from Aaron’s Joshua tree birthday trip? Corinne gave me your web address. Love your blog – it is much more helpful and practical (as well as interesting and full of awesome pics/journal entries) than most others on expat life.

    Do you guys have a list of sites you looked at prior to your move? You mention that some blogs/lists were more helpful than others. I’m not sure what my plan is, probably to stay Stateside, (maybe Boston? NYC? Carolinas? Virgin Islands?) but since Fuller is rapidly coming to a close, wondering what blogs, lists or resources you used (in addition to prior experience in BA) in planning your move?

    Thanks,
    Dawn

    • Stephen March 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

      Dawn!! I’m so sorry. I thought I had replied to you, and realize now that I never did. So sorry.

      I definitely remember you and I am happy to hear about your planning. You know, for us, we did exactly what you seem to be doing, read other people’s blogs. Fortunately for us, there is a really helpful and active BA expats site, aptly named http://www.baexpats.org. We didn’t really look out side of the BA/Argentina blogosphere for info.

      Have you decided what you’re doing yet?

  8. Mike March 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    Hi,
    Liked your blog. Lot’s of good advice from someone there. I will keep your blog handy, as my wife and I (about your parents age or older) are planning on spending some time in BA some time next year. One question I have about planning for an apt. for about the six months we want to stay there….how do you pay in US$ each month. From what I can see online—it’s difficult to get US$ while in BA. I had assumed that you could go to a bank…but that seems to be time consuming and costly.

    Anyway….thanks for any advice…..mike

    • Stephen March 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

      Hi Mike,
      Glad you found some helpful info. We try to keep the family and visitors like yourself mutually satisfied in our posts.

      The dollar dilemma is real. We have done two things.
      1) Ask local friends with access to dollars through their personal banking to sell us dollars (this is really difficult).
      2) Decided to pull out enough dollars for 3 month’s rent every time we go to Colonia for the visa run. It’s really easy to pull out dollars from the ATMs in Uruguay.

      Also, if you’re really desperate, I know some expats who sell dollars, but at a rate I’m not willing to accept.

      Hope that helps!

  9. Jenny Lin October 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    Hola! I came across your blog while trying to re-create cafe con crema. Just spent one month in BA and am sad I’m back in the States (originally from LA, living in NYC). What kind of cream do you think they use, heavy whipping cream? Any thoughts would be appreciated!!!! Miss all the medialunas there too!

    • Stephen October 8, 2012 at 10:23 am #

      Hmm. That’s a good question. I think you’re right that it’s the basic “crema de leche” which is heavy whipping cream. But I’ll double-check for you. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Fred Brillante Sr. October 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    We are thinking about a one month trio to Argentina and have a few questions.
    1) Out native language is English but we speak Italian fluently, will that help us or are there Italian expats in the city?
    2) What am I reading about dollars? Does it help to bring a bunch with is? Why? How will this help?
    3) Is is still reasonable?? For instance what will a mid priced dinner with wine cost for two people? What should I expect to pay for a sublet apartment in Palermo for the month?
    4) How safe is the city?

    • Stephen October 26, 2012 at 7:39 am #

      Hi Fred,
      You’ll enjoy your time here for sure. Here are a few responses to your questions:
      1) I don’t know Italian so I can’t really say for sure how similar the languages are. We’ve not run into any Italian speakers, so you just might have to use the trusty hand gestures like we did at first. :)
      2) Regarding dollars, you won’t be able to access them here, so bring what you’re comfortable bringing with you. You can search around on baexpats.org for reasons and other suggestions.
      3) Mid-priced dinner for two with a mid-price wine would run you between AR$160-240. You’ll have to search for the prices on apartments, but I imagine they’re running between US$900-1200 for a decent temporary rental.
      4) That’s subjective. Check out baexpats.org and search for past conversions about that. You’ll get a whole range of answers. Bottom line, we feel safe but don’t wander around late at night or dress too fashionably.

      Enjoy your trip!

  11. danielle November 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Hi,

    My fiancé and I moved to Buenos Aires a few months ago and we would love to meet up and share some experiences. Your blog is great…really entertaining and informative :)

    Danielle

    • Stephen December 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

      Hi Danielle,
      We sent you an email a while back. Hit us up if you’d still like to meet up.

  12. Fred March 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    You guys have done a great job with this blog. Its very useful, thanks.

  13. Janice Connors June 30, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    I hope you will answer my question. When arriving in BA, a tourist visa is 90 days. How long must you leave the country before you return for another 90 days? Going to a neighboring country counts, correct? (I know that in the European Union you must leave the European Union for quite a lengthy time before returning.))

    • Stephen June 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

      Hi Janice,
      There is no rule as to how long you need to leave the country before you can re-enter. We’ve done a “visa run” to Colonia, Uruguay, in a single day without any problems. Leaving and returning in the same day might earn you a verbal reprimand from the immigration official, but that’s about it. (Going to any country counts.) I’ve been here in BA almost two years and have done the “visa run” every 90 days except for the one time I got an extension (“prorroga”) at the immigration office in BA.
      Hope you enjoy your time in BA!

  14. Antony October 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    Hi,
    I am a foreigner currently living in Palermo, can you please help in finding the English speaking church that was mentioned in your blog (St.Andrew’s Presbyterian). The exact address would be helpful.

    Appreciate your help!

  15. Diana September 25, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

    Hi there!

    Is the anglican church at belgrano with english service still exsist? I tried to look at the blog you gave, but it does not exsist anymore.

    Thank you!

    • Stephen September 27, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

      Hi Diana,
      The only church we know about in Belgrano is Iglesia Presbiteriana San Andrés. http://www.ipsa.org.ar/

      The English group — The Well — was discontinued because everyone moved. :( I don’t know if there are any new groups since we no longer live there.

      I hope you find a church!

  16. Maria Luiza de Almeida October 11, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

    Hey there!
    I’m Brazilian and I’ll be traveling to BA in january 2017 and i’m looking for a church to be there on sunday. So i was searching on the internet and I’ve found one of your posts (https://beforeweage.com/2012/09/) that you talked about St.Andrew’s Presbyterian. I’m so excited to be there. I’m sorry for my bad english, i dont speak very well, but i think that would be cool if I send a message.
    God bless

  17. Beth January 1, 2017 at 8:31 am #

    Hi!
    We are traveling through Buenos Aires and I saw your post about San Andres Prespeterian Church, do you still live in Buenos Aires? If not do you think they’ll still be doing the Sunday night English service? (Today is New Year’s Day as well so not sure if that makes a difference), do you know what time it starts? :)

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