Potential Expat

  • I spent 5 weeks living in Mendoza attending Spanish classes long time ago. I really like Argentina for many reasons. I almost moved there, but the situation in the US is getting crazy enough, I may actually do it now.


    I'm a retired engineer with a couple of dogs. The dogs are a main reason I would stay. Life as a dog in Argentina is really different.


    Can anyone share experience with dog relocation? Apartments?

  • Hello, Hydrino .

    We don’t have dogs, though I’ll ask around to see if I can get you some information. You asked about apartments but didn’t mention whether you would be looking in Mendoza again, or somewhere else?

  • Two Pit Bulls.


    I'm not sure where I want to live. My immediate plan (subject to change) is to stay a while in BA, then travel to different places, leaving the dogs in the US. I think I'd prefer coastal communities. I want to attend Spanish language school.

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    Two Pit Bulls.


    I'm not sure where I want to live. My immediate plan (subject to change) is to stay a while in BA, then travel to different places, leaving the dogs in the US. I think I'd prefer coastal communities. I want to attend Spanish language school.

    It's a good idea stay here for a while and see if you're going to like it before making the big move. Unless of course you've already done that?

  • Dogs seem to have a better life here than us humans. Vets and pet stores can be found everywhere. We have 11 dogs 1 cat and a tortoise!! Plus we regularly feed two or three 'street' dogs.

    As for bringing them in or out it's best to do some online research especially that of the airline you plan to fly with. They'll have info regarding vaccinations and quarantine restrictions.

  • Yes, I well remember the dogs in Argentina. They are very much loved and respected. I can recall sitting in a Mendoza restaurant and a dog walking in off the street and wandering from table to table, not begging particularly, just being sociable. The key is to avoid eye contact, and the few times I forgot that, I really regretted it.

  • Just to add. If you're financially secure to do as you please for many years to come then by all means make the move. If not I'd forget it as the chances are the novelty of living here permanently will soon wear off.

  • I appreciate the candor.


    My reasons for moving are various, and include the desire for novelty. I want to understand my attraction to Argentina, and I do have the means to support myself.


    I spent a couple of weeks living in Cuernavaca, near Mexico City, with a family. This was also a good experience. However, the Human Development Index (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Development_Index) for Argentina is very high, and I think that explains some of the attraction. Illegal drug problems are everywhere, but it seems like Argentina is not in a favorable location to compete with other countries in S America and is not in the path of the products to satisfy the US appetite for drugs.


    Corruption is no small problem in Argentina. I like to say that corruption is wholesale and more explicit in Central and S America, compared to retail and implicit in the US. I would prefer to be able to see it.


    I don't know how the political situation is currently in Argentina and it concerns me that I would not have the awareness to see what the locals can see. I like to believe that an old white retired man like me would be seen like a tourist, contributing USD and taking no job from a local. The last time I was in BA (long time ago) I and Mendoza felt welcomed everywhere, but not in Chile, where CIA left some very sour feelings.


    A number of people in the US see people like me as the source of most everything wrong. Identity politics is a regression to tribal thinking that results in a lot of crazy behavior. I suppose critical theorists have invaded S America as well, but it seems that they lag in such cultural trends.

  • Oops. That I wasn't supposed to be there. Mendoza would be a good dog name.


    Oops. That I wasn't supposed to be there. Mendoza would be a good dog name.

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    The last tine I was in BA and Mendoza, I felt welcome ...