As I've now decided to live in Buenos Aires, and now have what is called "experience" in certain circles, I've been getting more and more questions from friends and friends of friends about "what to do" in Buenos Aires: where to live, where to eat, where to tango, what to see...
Instead of typing up the same email to a whole bunch of people, (this writer hates "copy paste" letters) I want to write a Very Useful Blog in which I can give an exhaustive account of what I have learned here, to save people the headache of looking for a diaspora of information.
This blog is intended to help travelers bound to South American (and specifically Buenos Aires) get information about the city of Buenos Aires, and more generally, South America. I've only been to South South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay. (Listed in both alphabetical order, and conveniently, in my order of favoriteness.)
Hostel Tips & Etiquette
The agenda of future blog articles is:
Looking for an Apartment/House/Roomshare
What the heck I'm doing here, and why I'm staying
Money, converting money, false money, and small money.
Tourist attractions in B.A.: what to see while you're here
....(ie. San Telmo Market, Museums, The Big Metal Flower, Bike Tour, Ricoletta Cemetery)
Working as a visaless ex-pat in BA
Castillano/Lunfando (Argentine Spanish and Argentine Slang)
Neighborhoods in Buenos Aires
Plugs, Phones, (how the #s work) Technologies, internet cafes, and Computers: what to bring, what to buy
Helpful Things to bring
Hints for living cheaply
Spanish schools: learn fast, cheap, and well.
Transportation: The Subte, Busses, Taxis, and the Guia
Safety, security, theft, robbing of things
Couch Surfing, WOOFing
And don't miss out on:
Argentina outside of Buenos Aires
I only really resolved to start this blog yesterday, so this list is only a beginning. To all my as-of-yet-non-existant readers: any suggestions as to what to add? Any pre-emptive questions?
A few disclaimers: I am putting up Google ads on my blog because I want to get a little cash out of this deal. In all honesty, I'm not expecting friends and family to keep up with this blog, because most of them probably won't come here. So, basically, I'm hoping to be useful, give free advice, and to have big companies pay me for being useful. If I link to amazon, I get a 15% of the proceeds. If you click on the adds, a dime in my pocket. Such is life. I hope the ads aren't too annoying.