you seem (http://ferfal.blogspot.com/) to differ much from Doug Casey's opinions of Argentina?
Hi! Yes, that would be because I’m not buildings condos in Salta, Argentina, to sell to Americans and I don’t need to lie about it! :-)
Salta is beautiful (I’ve been there) but you know what, its in the middle of nowhere. Certain things are cheap, food and wine, half the price compared to similar places in Europe or USA.
Now the part your buddy isn’t telling you: Cell phone? 3x the price you’d find in USA or Europe, TV? Maybe x4 the price. A car? Easily x4 or x5 the price. Golf instructor? Sure, that would be pretty cheap. Food and services in general will be very cheap. You’ll be able afford a maid, gardener, and pool guy for the price of cable in NY (so to speak)
I doubt any of the real estate this man is pushing would be cheap. You sure would get MUCH better deals contacting local realtors directly, and you’d get the same benefits as well. Gated neighborhoods with private security are all over Argentina for those that can afford it, and given the crime situation, more are being built.
It’s a small town, tranquil place, it’s a also one of the many unchecked borders where tons of drugs, slaves and God knows what else goes in all directions. Oh, don’t take my word for it.
“Salta is the Argentine border with the most drug smuggling in the country” (sorry, its in Spanish)
Smuggling of all kind if part of Salta’s culture. If you’re not ok with that, maybe its not the place for you.
“Drug trafficking stalks Salta”
I wouldn’t last a year before going nuts in that place. I wouldn’t want my kids to grow up there and have such a narrow minded vision of the world. I lived in Cordoba for a couple years, which is a much larger city. Still, people have a much limited perspective. Its like living 20 years in the past.
Maybe you like it, maybe you don’t. I can assure you its NOT the best place to live in the world. And the amount of people LEAVING Argentina, compared to the amount of Europeans coming to live here is laughable. There’s no political stability here guys, no legal security for companies or individuals. Anyone that isn’t retired would be hard pressed doing business here. The minute you make a buck, you have the socialist government redistributing it one way or another. Sure, bribes make Argentina go around. But it’s fragile ice to step on, not the way I want to live.
But don’t take my world for it. If you’re in doubt that Salta is the best place to live in the world (give me a couple minutes while I stop laughing… there) just go there. Spend a few months there and see how you like it. Don’t jump at a nice looking photo and sweet talking.
"Also, why have you not moved out of Argentina? Are there no better options which are safer for your family?
Thank you for all you thoughts and time!."
I’m doing my best to move to USA as soon as I can. Turns out its not as simple for those of us that wont make a run for it across the Mexican border! :-)