Posts by serafina

    Housing is definitely a big thing, but also everyday items can be expensive and it gets frustrating.


    When we were living in Italy, we lived 30 km from Milan, so it was VERY close. However, it was almost an event to go there because every item added up.

    The highway is about 15 USD both ways, free parking can be hard to find, paid parking on the street is about 2 USD per hour if not more, a garage is at least twice as much.

    An aperitivo is about 10 USD, dinner is 30-40 USD per person, a night cap is another 10 USD. Add gasoline and it was easy 100 USD for a night out. With that money, I paid the electricity bill for two months.


    Every time we were invited out to celebrate somebody's birthday it was not a pleasant news because it would set us back of at least 60 USD.

    When you make €1000 per month, it quickly adds up.

    For international mailing to the US, DHL offers great rates which are on par with Correo Argentino, just much faster and better service!


    You can get a quote online. They have their rates set in USD, to be paid in ARS using the highest official exchange rate at the time of the transaction. Given the blue/official gap, it is darn cheap.


    I mailed documents on Friday for 2800 ARS (35 USD at the official rate), which was actually 12 USD using the blue rate. Delivery in three days, too!

    If you have hard currency, it's a good time to buy stuff after you've been to a cueva of course.

    There an iMac somewhere calling me... ML used deals are not so convenient. Upgrading from a 21" to a 27" Retina is just 1000 USD nowadays.

    And we need to buy chairs! We need to go out and try/buy them, but most places receive by appointment only.

    If you have hard currency, it's a good time to buy stuff after you've been to a cueva of course.

    There an iMac somewhere calling me... ML used deals are not so convenient. Upgrading from a 21" to a 27" Retina is just 1000 USD nowadays.

    And we need to buy chairs!

    This is completely unbelievable to me.

    I don't have many numbers to throw because we aren't obviously going out a lot. We also have a very modest lifestyle, and all we spend is for food.


    A fancy factura is now 40 pesos (last week it was 35). I am talking international-pastry level. A mini-cake at the same place is 250 pesos for a simple cake like an apple crumble, and 480 for a chocolate, mousse elaborate type. Prices in average bakeries should be half of that. I no longer go there given that the best one is closer and cheaper. I have been living in Soho for three years and this is the second time I am buying there, and I never ordered more than 6 facturas in the past! Now I visit there on alternate days and I buy a different cake every time!


    A pizza slice on Av. Corrientes is 75 pesos. A bottle of simple wine is 200 pesos (nothing fancy, let's say entry level from a wine shop).


    An American coffee at a fancy café in Soho is 150 pesos, quality comparable to the best coffee I used to drink in Italy.

    Smoked artichokes in oil was 250 pesos at the dietetica.


    Sushi delivery can be as low as 500-600 pesos and one kg of artisanal ice cream is 700 pesos.

    We tend to exchange as close to our payment deadline as possible. Especially in these fast-changing scenarios, waiting a few hours means money.


    I 2014 we often had 1-2 USD worth of pesos for days. At the beginning, it made me anxious (what if we have a vet emergency?!) but now I know that the loss we suffer from exchanging on a Friday afternoon instead of a Tuesday morning, over the years, is anyway higher than the potential veterinary charge at the official rate on a weekend.

    Many people in the United States have Irish or Polish heritage, and they simply have to collect the required vital records. These countries process citizenship a lot more quickly than Italy. However, Italy let you go back to more generations than other countries. I don't know the specific of the Polish and Irish application process, it is just mentioned from time to time whenever someone complains "it is too difficult" to collect records for Italian citizenship.

    I haven't been deep enough long enough to reply accurately. Pre-brexit, American clients wanted a European passport to be able to study in the UK paying tuition rates for European students, which is half than International students. Still, while International students rates in the are probably cheaper than at US universities anyway, there were relocation costs to consider.

    Most people of my clients are parents or grandparents seeking this opportunity for their children and grandchildren to live/study in Europe. As for themselves, it is most the fantasy of retiring in Italy one day or the freedom to travel in Europe without having to worry of the 90 day tourist visa limit.


    The consulate of Italy in London became swamped since Brexit because there are many UK citizens who want to be able to move to Spain or Portugal for retirement, or to simply move/study/live in Europe.


    Other popular citizenships to get are Irish and Polish.

    I have had several American clients who wanted to get their Italian citizenship before Brexit. They have until Dec 31, 2020 to move to the UK as European citizens. Of course, they didn't take into account that getting Italian citizenship by descend can take up to two years, not to mention that it is really hard to book an appointment with Italian consulates in the first place.

    I may as well be the only active forum member with two passports on this forum.

    However, it is not uncommon to have two in Argentina.


    I confess I got my Argentinian passport mostly because for sentimental reasons than for the actual need to have it (in fact, I have never had the need to). I just wanted to be able to vote where I live. :walessmiley:

    Other marginal reasons were to have the same rights as my husband in case of war or divorce with kids. So far, no war, no divorce and no kids. :saint:

    Also for me Argentina was love at first sight. I moved here after a 20 days vacation. A bit of a rushed decision, but we already had our mind set on emigrating and none of the other options convinced us. We do not regret our choice (however, ask me again tomorrow! ;))

    Although I personally am not in favour of representation without taxation, I don't see an issue if Bolivia allows its citizens to vote from abroad. What I don't understand is why 36 Argentinian schools are used for this purpose and if this is happening only in Argentina. A quick research reveals that Bolivians can vote by mail, so what is the need to use Argentinian public property to host elections?


    Italians can either mail their vote or bring it personally to the dedicated mailbox available outside of the consulate. And I believe there are fare more voters in Italian elections than Bolivians.

    Cómo votar desde el extranjero

    En estas elecciones se podrá votar a través de dos medios diferentes: anticipado o por correo. El Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores se encarga de tramitar "la organización del voto anticipado en el extranjero". En cuanto al voto por correo, los bolivianos que residan en el extranjero podrán pedirlo durante el periodo del voto anticipado y el día de las elecciones.

    Los bolivianos que residen en Argentina tendrán autorización para circular el próximo domingo y así poder acudir a las escuelas habilitadas para realizar los sufragios. El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores se encargó de esta gestión, junto a la Embajada de Bolivia en el país argentino. El expresidente, Evo Morales, que vive refugiado en este país no tendrá ningún problema para cumplir con su derecho a voto.

    I have been going near the Embassy of Bolivia a couple of times in the last 10 days, and both times there was a protest/march outside.

    I don't understand why Bolivians elections happen in public Argentinian schools, and if this is only in Buenos Aires / Argentina or worldwide.


    According to the article, most Bolivians in Argentina will vote for Evo Morales, and this should help him get back in power.

    But Evo already served too many mandated, and already made a sly move once to stay longer than allowed (I can't remember exactly the stunt he pulled, there was a documentary on Netlifx about him and about Manuel Correa, president of Ecuador).


    That documentary is no longer on Netflix but the episode on Evo is available here: