From the Pacific Northwest to Buenos Aires
May 3, 2011 6:30 PM Subscribe
I am moving to Buenos Aires in July. I'm looking for advice, stories, and friends.
posted by special agent conrad uno to travel & transportation around Buenos Aires, Argentina (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So, I'm really doing it. I've bought my plane ticket (one way), I've put in all my work/apartment notices, I'm planning my going away party, I'm buying the luggage from which I'll have to start a new life.
I'm moving for a few reasons, but mostly just to do it. I'll be enrolling at UBA (studying Spanish as a foreign language, first), I'll get a job, and I'll be renting a room in an apartment. I'm also bringing down my Gibson Flying V and a bunch of pedals and a mic, and I'll be starting a band once I get settled.
Perhaps I'll want to live in San Telmo. I'd like to pay 250-300 USD (900-1300 AR) per month rent, and I would prefer to live with other artists or musicians.
I play grunge, goth, experimental noise. I know these scenes exist in BA, and I'd love to have a jump start on how to start making friends in them. Clubs? What about house shows? What's the really underground experimental stuff going on? It doesn't have to be grungey... I'm just from the PNW so that's what I'm used to.
I'm vegetarian. I like gardening. I've heard BA has a big urban agriculture scene. I'd like to do guerilla gardens... grow quinoa on abandoned plots, reclaim underutilized green space for food production. I know BA is the land of the steak, and that's cool, perhaps I'll eat meat in future, but I'd love to find out about how to live a veg friendly lifestyle.
I'm also a big freaking nerd. I read comics, fantasy and sci-fi, I play Rifts sometimes. I also read classic literature - my current reading list is Cerebus, Snow Crash, and 2666. I write a lot of code; recently I've been doing CV experiments in openframeworks. I know all the major languages, and I can get work as a programmer when I need it. But I prefer to make drinks; booze and coffee. I am a very professional bartender and barista. I take food and drink very seriously. About as seriously as I take an incoming Death's Head Transport.
So in a sense, this question is both a "Hello (soon to be) fellow Porteños!" as well as a call for advice. Where should I live? What are some things I should know about?
And will you be my friend?