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Old 09-17-2009, 03:05 PM   #1176
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Has anyone else experienced this BS extra charge when you go to a Banelco? I used two different visa debit cards and both times it charged me like $ARG11.85 per withdrawal. I assume the weird number is like $3US converted to pesos. I must be paying like 2% juice to get cash here now, pretty lilting.
Open an online checking account through Schwab. They refund all of your ATM fees at the end of the month. Assuming you can use an address in the US it is fairly easy to set up even while out of the country.
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Old 09-17-2009, 03:20 PM   #1177
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Anyone find a place that sells Grey Goose here? I found it in http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/...un-frances-_JM but seems kind of expensive.
I'm like 90% sure that I saw it at the Coto on French just east of Puerrydon. Next time I go, which will probably be sometime after it stops raining, I'll look at the price.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:22 PM   #1178
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Open an online checking account through Schwab. They refund all of your ATM fees at the end of the month. Assuming you can use an address in the US it is fairly easy to set up even while out of the country.
Yeah, one of my cards is a Schwab debit visa. But like on the screen it says "there is an additional charge of $11.85, do you accept". I dunno, maybe it was just that bank as no one else seems to have experienced this.
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:10 PM   #1179
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Grey Goose- 226
Belvedere-- 195, 185- i forget
Sky- 85
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Old 09-18-2009, 12:43 AM   #1180
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Thanks Dustin. Seems like a decent price.
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Old 09-18-2009, 10:02 AM   #1181
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. Also River, one of the few things on my list I haven't done was Tandil. Is it still worth it without the rock?
I went there a long time ago, when I was 12 (I´m 28). I´ts a nice place, and interesting from a geological point of view because it has this "sierras" which are very old mountain formations. The moving rock (piedra movediza) broke like 80 years ago, and they recently replaced it with an "artificial" one.

The city is pretty conservative, very catholic, people goes there on easters and they carry the cross all along the city, etc... which is not very appealing to me. You can also buy regional foods (home made salamin, cheese, dulce de leche, vizcacha, etc). It´s kind off interesting but not so much (maybe I´m wrong).

Like 300Km futher to the south you have Sierra de la Ventana (2000 inhabtiants, Tandil has 150,000), the hills are much higher, and I guess it´s has better landscapes than tandil. I never went there, but I´m checking out some pics right now and it seems pretty nice/relaxing, but it´s like 500km from here. So you would need almost a week to make ot worth it imo, and if dont mind spending some extra bucks and you are looking for some sierras, I would take a plain to Corodoba (Mina Clavero imo) http://images.google.com.ar/images?h...=f&oq=&start=0
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Old 09-18-2009, 10:18 AM   #1182
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Re: Moving to Buenos Aires discussion

just got in yesterday and am staying in Palermo with a friend. The place seems cool so far despite the rain.

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http://www.interhispanica.com.ar/

I tried 2 schools and this was the second... It was so good that I never bothered trying a 3rd. I've had 5 tutors from there and 3 have been hot.

I actually prefer going there because you can meet other expat students and its just an excuse to get out during the day.
ty for the link, will be certain to check that out next week.

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I'm arriving in Buenos Aires in about a week, I will probably get a place from one of the rental agencys mentioned on the blog post up this place, or through craigslist. However if anyone has a decent place they know of or any super special advice I would love to hear it, I'm gonna be there for at least 3 months.

I'm also wondering about language programs. There was something mentioned in this thread recently, however it would not let me acess there website. I'm thinking that an intensive 1 month program in a class room would work the best for me.

Is the withdrawl limit still insane? I had a lot of difficulty taking money out last time, and I would like to make sure that I can take money out to pay rent/booze.

I've lived in a few countries lately, however after visiting BA last year for a week I find I'm looking forward to it more then anywhere else I have been lately.
i withdrew 700 pesos (180ish USD) at the airport yesterday on one of my crappy cards.
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:57 AM   #1183
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does "Casino Puerto Madero" have a good no limit game? if not, are there any home cash games that run regularly in BA?
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:34 PM   #1184
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Re: Moving to Buenos Aires discussion

im capped at 1000 pesos, when i withdraw with visa, i dont pay any fee at the banelcos.

advice for getting a place through an agency ? def. negotiate the price !
as far as the vodkas go: found plenty of them in the bigger supermarkets like jumbo and even at a carrefour. prices are alright.
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Old 09-18-2009, 02:40 PM   #1185
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Hey guys, I have this Argentine girl friend of mine that wants to get some views on her videos and I thought I'd post them to help her out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qgq5m7v7sYw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WaUe7cmU6M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE1tIuPLRIk
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Old 09-19-2009, 01:30 PM   #1186
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Has anyone else experienced this BS extra charge when you go to a Banelco? I used two different visa debit cards and both times it charged me like $ARG11.85 per withdrawal. I assume the weird number is like $3US converted to pesos. I must be paying like 2% juice to get cash here now, pretty lilting.
You must just be getting back into town, no?

The ATM fees started about a month ago for the Banelco and Link ATM networks.

Here are a few links with more info:

* http://www.argentinepost.com/2009/07...link-atms.html

* http://baexpats.org/expat-life/5502-new-atm-fee.html

* http://baexpats.org/expat-life/5691-...ence-hsbc.html

The small bit of good news is that I can now take out $1000 AR at a time, whereas before I was limited to $600 AR.

Still sucks though...
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Old 09-21-2009, 05:53 AM   #1187
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i was bored, here's a semi-pointless list...

For those of you still thinking about whether to move to BsAs or not, here are my thoughts re: food (obv important)...

BsAs is good if you like....
- espresso / cappuccino
- steak
- ice cream
- wine
- french fries
- mozzarella
- ham
- free bread with everything
- carbonated water
- croissants
- omelettes
- skimping on tips

BsAs is bad if you like....
- black coffee
- free water w/ lemon at restaurants
- lots of ice in your drinks
- caffeine-free softdrinks
- spicy food
- huge portions
- chunky peanut butter
- pepperoni pizza
- cheap candy
- free refills at restaurants
- mustard
- a super wide variety of beers

Just IMHO... obv the more $$$ you're willing to shell out, the more you can mitigate any lacks...
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Old 09-21-2009, 06:24 PM   #1188
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If any of those things on the bad list is a deal breaker for you I'd have to wonder how much you really want to try new places.
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:33 PM   #1189
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FWIW i just got this with 3G on movistar tethered though my iphone. Obviously not that fast but easily good enough for grinding and have had no disconnects so far.

it costs 10 pesos for 24h or 1GB of usage. I've been browsing and chatting on msn for the last hour or so and it has only used up about 30mb

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Old 09-21-2009, 11:28 PM   #1190
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Re: i was bored, here's a semi-pointless list...

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For those of you still thinking about whether to move to BsAs or not, here are my thoughts re: food (obv important)...

BsAs is good if you like....
- espresso / cappuccino
- steak
- ice cream
- wine
- french fries
- mozzarella
- ham
- free bread with everything
- carbonated water
- croissants
- omelettes
- skimping on tips

BsAs is bad if you like....
- black coffee
- free water w/ lemon at restaurants
- lots of ice in your drinks
- caffeine-free softdrinks
- spicy food
- huge portions
- chunky peanut butter
- pepperoni pizza
- cheap candy
- free refills at restaurants
- mustard
- a super wide variety of beers

Just IMHO... obv the more $$$ you're willing to shell out, the more you can mitigate any lacks...
weird
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:29 PM   #1191
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FWIW i just got this with 3G on movistar tethered though my iphone. Obviously not that fast but easily good enough for grinding and have had no disconnects so far.

it costs 10 pesos for 24h or 1GB of usage. I've been browsing and chatting on msn for the last hour or so and it has only used up about 30mb

why exactly are you getting this? do you not have a wireless router in your apartment?
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:59 PM   #1192
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where is dinner this tuesday ?
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Old 09-22-2009, 06:49 AM   #1193
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I'll be flying into BsAs next week..Kinda hoping that the wifi in my bytargentina place will be sufficient and not provide me with constant random disconnects..
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:17 AM   #1194
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Let's try Jangada, a place that specializes in fish. I think Evan chose this place before, but I'd like to try it. Tonight 9:00PM.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:51 AM   #1195
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why exactly are you getting this? do you not have a wireless router in your apartment?
yeah i just use this as a backup as the net in my apartment has been far from stable so far
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:33 PM   #1196
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Let's try Jangada, a place that specializes in fish. I think Evan chose this place before, but I'd like to try it. Tonight 9:00PM.
ill be there
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Old 09-22-2009, 06:26 PM   #1197
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ill be there

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Old 09-23-2009, 08:41 PM   #1198
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Any gym similar to Crossfit in Buenos Aires? I did Crossfit for 2 months before I moved from New Orleans and enjoyed it. According to the website, there isn't one, but I'd be happy if I could find something comparable. I'm looking for something that's a challenge and not boring. Getting bigger is not my main motivation since I'm sort of lanky anyways.

The nearer to my place the better. I live in Palermo Hollywood on Guatemala between 5800-5900. I'm willing to take a taxi if it's worth it.

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Old 09-23-2009, 08:53 PM   #1199
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Any gym similar to Crossfit in Buenos Aires? I did Crossfit for 2 months before I moved from New Orleans and enjoyed it. According to the website, there isn't one, but I'd be happy if I could find something comparable. I'm looking for something that's a challenge and not boring. Getting bigger is not my main motivation since I'm sort of lanky anyways.

The nearer to my place the better. I live in Palermo Hollywood on Guatemala between 5800-5900. I'm willing to take a taxi if it's worth it.
It'd be helpful if you could tell us what Crossfit is or give it some description.
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It'd be helpful if you could tell us what Crossfit is or give it some description.
It's a sort of gym franchise, but with a specific type of workout in mind. From their website:

"CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.

Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.

The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.

The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. Our terrorist hunters, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen."
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