Adventures in renting abroad, Argentina, South America

Life in Argentina



I moved to Argentina a month and a half ago and haven’t been very good at updating my blog. Most of this is due to the fact that my online business is going incredibly well. Who knew remote freelance writing and editing could be so lucrative? Being able to create my own hours and rates provides me with the independence I need, but it also motivates me to the point that I’ve tucked away some of my other goals. I’ve barely done any personal writing, nor have I studied for any of the exams I’m planning to take in a few months.

Life in Argentina

 

But life in Argentina is easy. I have a co-working space called Urban Station where I spend the majority of my time. This is mostly due to unlimited free coffee and croissants. I also have a gym in order to balance out my croissant addiction.

Remote Work

Urban Station
Slightly fuzzy photo from Urban Station

I have Spanish lessons 6 hours/week with a private teacher. Spanish grammar is incredibly easy compared to Arabic or Hindi. The language is so much like French that its not much of a struggle to read. However, with any language, its taking time to commit everything to memory and to get used to speaking and listening to the accent. Especially since Argentinian is different than other Spanish. The double ‘L’ seen in pollo and calle is pronouned “sh” instead of “y” which confuses me sometimes.

Life in Argentina
Playing “Adivina quién?” in Spanish Class

I moved into my apartment a month ago which I share a love-hate relationship with. It’s a pretty cool place, located in a courtyard in one of the more “happening” areas of Buenos Aires. I have my own loft, with a bedroom upstairs, and couch, table, and tiny kitchen downstairs. I share the courtyard with 3 Guatemalans, 2 French people, 2 Brazilians and there is an upstairs unit which is, ironically, housing a friend of mine from college that I met here by coincidence.

Life in Argentina
My courtyard

I like the apartment and all the people, but the issue arises in the fact that most are university students and it’s a bit of a party house. The walls are paper thin so this means if I have to wake up early for work, or want a quiet night at home to be an abuela— no such luck. My earplugs are only so good.

Life in Argentina
Mural inside the courtyard

Actually, the level of partying is downright impressive. Two weekends ago my neighbor started the party at 1am. I left for the gym the next morning around 10am and he was still belting Mulan songs in Spanish.

de alguna manera haré de ti un hombre.

I returned around 2pm to change and the music and alcohol were still flowing freely. At 6pm he came over and invited me to a bar. He finally passed out at 1am the next night.

This morning I woke up around 10am to someone sobbing in the courtyard.

Aside from the crying, it’s a fun place when I want to party. Everyone is very friendly and I love meeting new people. But it is taking its toll on my energy levels. So I’ve decided I will move for sure. The apartment upstairs becomes available June 1st so I’m planning to take that.

Life in Argentina

Living in Argentina
The undecorated loft

That is, if I decided to stay in Argentina. It’s getting cold here and I’m starting to rethink my decision. I’ve met some really cool people here, but I don’t feel emotionally attached the the city like I did Chandigarh or Beirut or Budapest. I still have five months left on my Indian visa and I’m tempted to try living in Mumbai for a few months and return to Argentina in October once it is warmer. Or, I’ve considered going somewhere else in South America with better weather until the winter passes. Maybe Brazil or Colombia.

What do you guys think? I’ve attached a poll for your thoughts

Help me figure out where I should go!

5 Comments

  1. LINDA SMITH-CHRISTMAS

    I might try someplace else in South America. My friend Renee who has traveled in SA said she would not pick BA to live in. But the world is big ; we loved the Baltic and they might be warm by now and are very cheap and the people are so nice.

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    1. admin Author

      Even if I go back to India, I’m definitely planning to return to South America and shop around locations a little bit. It’s actually hard because the more I think, the more places I realize I want to visit (or revisit) and I can’t make up my mind.

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  2. Always follow the warmth! And especially if you have to switch apartments there anyways.

    How much editing experience do you have? I might be looking for a new one but need uber flexible hours because I blog randomly 🙂

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    1. admin Author

      Actually I have a few years of experience, though I’ve only done it as a full-time job for 6 months now. It started with a few years of academic editing experience. Then I edited pretty consistently for the Indian government and when I was teaching English. Now I am editing for corporate training lessons, resumes, ebooks, and blogs. I only have two clients that are consistent with the work they send me. The others give me pretty random hours each week but I actually enjoy the spontaneity of it.

      Please let me know if you need an editor! The best part of editing is getting to read for a living and I already know I enjoy your content!

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