Hey Fernando, I'm sure you get a lot of these so
here's another one... expat moving to Argentina haha more specifically
I'm 28 years old now and my travels to Argentina
began in May 2014. I was down on life, bored and wasn't living at all.
All I did was work, wake up and work. The weekend would come by, I would
relax and Monday the routine started all over again.
of young I was so I don't know... depressed perhaps with my way of
living. I live near NYC by the way. As you get older, people you knew
you don't ever see again and the close friends you have you may still
talk to but rarely get to see. Everyone has their responsibilities now
and I also realized another thing... the american dream.
home. $350,000 minimum where I live and then work until my 50s until the
debt is paid off and keep working. It sounds more like an american
nightmare to me. Paying to live where I'm not happy and being in over a
quarter million of debt.
Me being the loner that I once was I
would spend alot of my time online just chatting with people on cam
sites. I found one where alot of Argentinians would go on and I would
with them and exchange facebooks and whatsapp. Eventually my
facebook got filled with Argentinian girls that I would speak to. My
spanish was horrible at the time by the way, even though I am from
spanish decent I was more gringo than anything else. I told myself,
wouldn't it be cool to meet these people in person? I mean like we've
been chatting for almost a year now and I know a couple of people in
different locations so why not travel? All these ideas were popping up
in my head and I couldn't get rid of them.
The whole idea just
seemed crazy but crazy good. Meeting people I never met before in
person, going to a country I never been to before and not have travelled
anywhere out of country in over 10 years... maybe I had to be crazy.
the adrenaline rush kicked in and I said Derrick... go for it. What do I
have to lose? I wasn't having fun over here regardless so why not try
something different? I knew once I confirmed that flight payment there
was no turning back and I sure enough went through with it and booked my
flight for May 2014. May came, the flight took off, landed the next day
on Friday and from Ezeiza I went straight to Laferrere where my first
friend was haha Now was I shocked? No. I obviously saw that it was a
poor community but I thought this was what it was when I first arrived. I
did not know Laferrere was considered "poor" or "dangerous" I just went
to go see my friend in a country I never been to before, so I humbled
myself and accepted the fact that I won't see what I am used to seeing
here in New York and thought Laferrere was normal.
To cut that the
trip short let's just say I had one of the most wonderful experiences
of my life that impacted me forever. I cried, I laughed, I drank and I
actually for after a long time started to feel like I was alive and I
never met people that were so humble. I would walk down the street and
randomn people would say hello to me as they pass me by. They are so
family oriented and do live what we consider in the north "poor" but
they were so rich in life and didn't just work and go home to sleep.
There was so much culture. I said to myself I was going to come back and
I kept that promise.
Fast forward and it is now Janurary 2015,
the flight took off and this time you would think I would prepare myself
a little bit better...
I didn't. I came again and was looking for
an apartment the day I landed which I was then at Pablo Nogues,
Malvinas. My friends father was able to find me a place at his friends
house, where I stayed for the week and on this trip I had an allergic
reaction to something that gave me rashes all around my thighs, legs and
arms. I winded up going to the Malvinas Hospital in Pablo Nogues, where
I was treated free of charge, and I was even interviewed and shown on
the TV for my treatment ! First Norte Americano treated at Malvinas
Argentinta Hospital. It was more of a propaganda for the then running
for Mayor Jesus Cariglino but it was still a wow experience. I was aired
on national Argentine TV!!! haha
I've been really grateful to
cross paths with some of the most humble people on my journeys. Let's
fast forward to now Janurary 2016, did I prepare myself this time? I
sure did with a whole quinta all to myself en Santa Maria de Los Olivos,
Pablo Nogues. It was a huge home, bigger than anything around here
where I live. 2 floors, 5 bathrooms, 4 bedroom. In-ground pool outside
and it was just wow. I spoiled myself. I loved the home but the the
gated community life wasn't for me. Everyone who visited had to check in
with the guard, there were no surprises, people would get lost trying
to find the home within the gated community and even myself got lost
many times. It would literally take 5 minutes of driving to get to the
home once you were in. I felt far away from everybody. I couldn't just
get out of the house and be outside, I would take my bike and travel out
the country and around Pablo Nogues.I even met new friends on this trip
en La Plata with my bike. Again it was a great experience and I wanted
Fast forward now to February 2017 and this time I rented
myself a Toyota Corolla, which over here in the states is like an
economical poor man's car. I had to pay 1200 USD to rent the damn thing
for 10 days. I didn't like the car at all but the other ones they had to
offer were weird looking and they wanted 4000 USD for the BMW serie 3
which is ridiculous.
So I stuck with the Corolla and had rented an
apartment I had found on Mercado Libre in San Isidro, Buenos Aires. I
had come across this town on my last travel and it was a beautiful city.
Everything was paved, great for bike riding, people were out enjoying
the sunshine and it was a nice community. So I wanted to try here for my
next vacation which I did. I came to the conclusion that this is where I
want to be in my life.
Being 28 years old I finally said, I found
home. This is where I want to grow, be stable and one day have a
family. I found my happiness and an amazing culture. I found Damas
Gratis too haha I loved all my trips to this beautiful country. I didn't
arrive as a tourist per say.
Every one of my trips I was out in
the barrios, Laferrere, Jose C Paz, Pilar, Gonzalez Catan, Pablo Nogues,
La Plata. I actually never been to the capital until my third trip out.
I didn't care for the big buildings and nice things. The people I met
had plenty to offer in their barrios and I loved it all. I never even
had a hamburger with fried egg on it until I came to Argentina. It was
the best thing ever! I now make it over here lol I'm telling you
Argentina is awesome.
Yes the government may be corrupt, in bad
shape and the economy may be suffering a bit but it is not as bad as
over here. At least people in Argentina are free. They have more liberty
than we do here in the United States. I actually hate this government. I
hate how we cause wars all over the world. I hate how we have to be the
global police for anything that happens outside of this country. I hate
how we have so many regulations, laws and rules and police for all this
security that is over more than enough.
Oh and I hate how we have
only 7 official holidays over here and I myself only have 1 week
vacation for a large company that I have been with for three years. We
work ourselves to death over here. Other people may say well that's how
it is, well no. Not for me. Argentina is where I'm going. I'm tired of
the wars and rumors of wars, tired of all these movement groups, tired
of the goverment lies and the attack on the people, tired of this gender
identity issue they are raising in the schools. My child does not have
to decide weather he is a girl or a boy, he/she will be born what he/she
was born as. I don't understand why these schools have to have gender
identity classes. This whole country I just find evil.
find that Argentinian people know how to live. They help one another,
are family oriented people and like to live more than work. I'm going to
be moving to Buenos Aires soon within a few months and will be
transfering my money with Bitcoin.
I'm working long hours and as
much as I can to reach a goal of 100,000 USD but I may not reach it in
time which is before the winter. That's another thing I hate about being
where I live. I hate the snow. I don't like it at all. I even hate
looking at it lol
Cold weather is not for me. The hotter the
better. I don't think moving to Argentina is a bad idea as I saw in your
It's not for
everybody of course but if you like the simple lifestyle and are a
humble person than you can live here. I don't need much. I should be
able to find work as an air conditioning/refrigeration technician and
that's how I will live. Its been 4 years now since you made that video
about relocating to Argentina. What are your thoughts now Fernando?
I've been looking for a place to rent and have been searching around Tigre, San Fernan, Lopez, even San Miguel isn't too bad.
not sure where your 5000USD figure a month comes from but what I've
found on Mercado Libre I can pay around 600 dollars a month for rent,
and probably less if I can get the locals to help me out. I'm not
looking to live like a king but just looking to live.
Hope I didn't take too much of your time with reading! God Bless!
Take care of yourself out there.
Hello Derrick, thanks for your email and for sharing your story.
You know, a few years ago I would have told you you’re crazy, get psychological help and don’t move to Argentina by any means.
a few years older and a bit wiser, I will say to you that if you found
home and you feel Argentina is the place for you then follow that dream
because life is too short to do otherwise.
People in Argentina are
friendly and as you notice family oriented. We like having friends
over, we enjoy talking for hours among friends and family. There’s no
lunch or dinner schedule. A friend drops by one afternoon and he stays
drinking mate the entire afternoon. By the time you realize its night
time he stays over for dinner and crashes in the couch. I wont lie to
you, I do miss that, I miss the passion people have over there which
isn’t as common elsewhere. My neighbour in Ireland, when I moved there I
was chatting with him and he didn’t know the name of the woman living
next to him that had been living there for at least 30 years. I told him
“oh, so you moved here recently too?”. “No” he said, “I’ve been living
here for 20 years”. 20 years and he didn’t know the name of the woman
living next door. I later found that’s rather common.
But as much
as I miss my country it still is what it is and the reason why I left,
crime and insecurity, are very much an issue and even worse than before I
left, which was pretty bad already. For me, the risk of one day getting
my wife or children hurt was just too much. Even just living with that
tension all the time, it was driving me nuts.
You seem to not
bothered much by that and usually I’d say being chill is best, but in
Argentina the danger is very real. Too real. Statistically you’ll be a
victim of a violent crime in a couple years in Argentina.
is a TOUGH place. Even for Argentine standards. I can imagine the shock
coming from USA. That doesn’t mean you cant find fantastic people
there. On the contrary, its usually people that have very little the
ones that appreciate others things, make great friends. But especially
in places like those security is a matter of daily survival.
is at the very least what I would need to have the same lifestyle I
have in Europe in Argentina. A nice house, good schools, which in
Argentina means private schools for two kids, and good medical care such
as Swiss Medical which was the one I had (and recommend). Security wise
if I had to go back to Argentina I’d move to a “country”, a gated
community for security purposes. I don’t like being locked up either but
theres a reason why there are so many of those gated communities in the
first place. Many of these are things you don’t need as a single guy,
but with a family they are an issue.
The one very important thing
that HAS changed in Argentina is the politics. Mauricio Macri is now
president and with a bit of luck the populist communist scum wont come
back any time soon. It will take a lot of time though until Macri sorts
Best of luck in Argentina, I wish you the best!
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”