Bring US Dollars to Argentina & Long Long Trip…

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Greetings,

First off, before you even pack your bag to come to Buenos Aires, hit up an ATM machine and bring as many US dollars as you can cram into your carry on. Long story short, the official exchange rate is like 6 to 1 but the actual street value of a US dollar is like 10 to one ++. I’m not a political gent so I won’t get into it but if I had known this, I would have hit up the ATM in Miami while strolling to the gents room while hanging with my new friends Ryan and Jay… That type of return is slick but I’m just glad I have a few greenbacks kicking around in my knapsack anyways. It turned out to be a fun but super long trip from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to Buenos Aires, Argentina…

I flew from Miami at 8:30PM and was supposed to arrive at 7:20am, sure there is a 2 hour time change but that never happened. It was crazy foggy in Buenos Aires so myself and the whole flight flew to Uruguay and did handstands for an hour or so before flying back. When we arrived it was a cluster $@Ck and took a almost two hours to get through the entire process. There is a shuttle to take downtown, naturally it was full and when I finally arrived for the taxi to my new crib it took forever. This supposedly short(ish) trip took 26 hours door to door. I’d say I’m getting to old for this crap but guess what? I live for it.

I hit the plane seat lotto jackpot company wise so suffice to say, the flight was alright.  I am now at a hostel that my friend Josh suggested in Dominican Republic. Straight up, I’ve done the presidential suite here, really nice this or that there but when I’m riding solo, I go for a hostel 99.9% of the time. First off, I save tones of cash, secondly I meet a new crew to roll with and when driving down unfamiliar streets, it’s the only way to play it, yes? If you aren’t shy on coin, go for the 4 bed dorm as it’s usually empty and you meet a more relaxed hostel going set.

I strolled into this spot and by the time I made it to the check in, I knew I was “home”. I’m gonna be here a while to say the least. I wanna be back in Nicaragua for late February and who knows, I might just be here for most of it. If you’re Canadian get your “recibo” before you bounce. Somehow I was let onto the plane without one and when I got to the customs officer it was like where is it? Next thing you know I’m in that area nobody ever wants to visit in the immigration line aka behind the one way mirrors… The price is $160 and then you’re free. If you’re from Canada, USA or Australia it is a must and a small price to pay for access to this sweet spot.

Within minutes I was enjoying my first local beer on a roof top over looking the largest avenue in the world, it has something like 10 lanes and is quite the sight to see. I’m at the point where crashing is quite important and the song being played at the bottom was being played here when I finished my 3rd liter with new friends. They took off to a spot where supposedly business people like to play after work and it’s a Thursday night so why not? I’d of joined them if it was a year ago but the time is now and health plays a larger priority then before.

I’m here to chill out, rest up, build on what I have and see what this part of the world has in store for me…

No clue how long I’ll be here but I’m loving it and so glad I came. Remember this and that is that you’ll never know unless you go and you can’t see the world without going out there and seeing it. The gent I polished the bottles off with has been here for 5 months and he filled me in on much. Stay tuned for some updates from this fine city and straight up, it feels good to be home again. When you stroll into your new home, you just know it and I may be 4417 miles from Miami which is x miles from Ottawa but I’m home for the next while and loving it…

Oh yeah, don’t forget to bring lots of US dollars…

Tips hat,

P.S: The gent at the front desk is from San Jose, Costa Rica – #PURAVIDA lives…

6 Comments

  1. Steve

    November 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Uh…If only I knew you were going to Argentina I could have told you :/
    Anyway – find loads of tips for Argentina and B.A. on my page and have a fun time there. If you love Streetart as much as I do just get in touch with Matt from BA Street Art, he is a good friend of mine.

    Saludos

    • Rob

      November 25, 2013 at 11:26 am

      I know!! The exchange is crazy and will look into it.

      Off to Uruguay then coming back in a week or so!

  2. Fran

    November 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Oh Argentina — que rico! Since food is my game, I’ll tell you not to miss your fill of empanadas, that the steak is delicious, albeit usually tough because they don’t age it. The Milanesa Napolitana is incredible and the gelato is as close to Italian gelato as you’re going to find anywhere outside of Italy. Fruit and vegetables are not the “thing” there — it’s as though the Argentine cuisine was the precursor to the Low Carb fad and of course, Argentine wine is great — or so I’m told. It’s not my choice of drink.

    My one regret during my year and a half in BsAs and 7+ years of expat life so far is that I did not plunk down cash for an apartment in BsAs. Live and learn, right?

    There is so much to see and you’ll probably find yourself walking miles each day. It’s definitely a walking city, although you need to keep your wallet close and if you’ve got an expensive watch, I recommend leaving it home.

    I challenged myself each night on my walk home from work to cross 9 de Julio without stopping, but it was 14 lanes where I crossed — just a couple of blocks up from Paraguay and 9 de Julio and I came close, but never quite made it. Always got stopped once at that last light. It was a great way to clear my head after work each night.

    The party doesn’t stop and often on my way into work in the morning I’d see people on their way home from a night out.

    The “Paris of the South” is beautiful and I can’t wait to see photos. I am sure, like the London shots, we will see some great images from your time in Argentina.

    I don’t see you staying in BsAs for weeks on end. There is so much to see in Argentina — I suspect you’ll make your way down to Ushuaia, to Chile and a ferry ride to Uraguay and maybe up to Iguazu Falls on the border with Brazil. Either way, I’m sure you’ll have a great time!

    Oh, and one last thing — while so many travelers root for the Boca Juniors, I became a River Plate fan. Experiencing a game in that stadium is like nothing I’ve ever experienced and even though I’m not a huge fan of watching sports, I ended up going multiple times. You barely sit down the entire 90 minutes and the energy and excitement is palpable. I’ve got a crazy video up on my first, long abandoned blog — thexpatfiles.com. It’s under the first Movie link. You have to accept the QuickTime plugin but it runs just fine after that. You seem to be an adventure-seeker and I think that video might spark your interest. I’ll say, the stadium here is so mild-mannered in comparison and so much smaller. The only real noise here are the annoying vuvuzuelas that have taken over futból matches since the South African World Cup.

    Buen Viaje, señor!

    • Rob

      November 25, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Gracias for all the info Fran!

      I have made it across the full way numerous times already, you just need to hustle a bit! I am off to Palermo now for some dinner with a new friend, hopefully it’s delicious but have a feeling I’m going for vegetarian, lol.

      I am considering renting a spot but who knows really. Also, you are right I am off to Uruguay tomorrow I think but only for a week before returning. From there will weigh my options. I do want to see rest of S. America and feel that now is the time.

      That said, idea of renting an apartment here… Sounds nice doesn’t it?! If I did, I a thinking Recoleta or somewhere in Palermo… Thoughts?

      • Fran

        December 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm

        Hey Rob,

        So… I lived in Recoleta and loved it, but it was a more quiet, subdued part of town. I see you in Palermo. When I lived in BsAs, Palermo was up and coming and restorations and renovations were happening all over the place. I suspect it’s really amazing now. Same thing in San Telmo, although it was just starting there.

        I see Palermo as having more life and more suited to you, but I could be wrong. As far as I’m concerned, it’s such a great city, you have countless options.

        Can’t wait to hear how it turns out.

        • Rob

          December 4, 2013 at 7:38 am

          Thanks for the tips as always, Fran!

          I am curious as well, loving Montevideo but returning to BA soon.

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