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    In defense of tourists

    I checked back in after a two day absence from the internet and was surprised to see that this thread has generated so much response. I'm not even sure if it's on topic anymore or not and I honestly stopped reading on page 7 but by far my favorite quote so far is: I actually laughed out loud...
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    In defense of tourists

    Well this certainly stirred the pot, didn't it? Although it doesn't take much on this forum to get people going, I think a lot of people are making valid points. As much as I respect everyone's opinion on the matter, I just can't feel bad for my 'perma-tourist' status. I knew I wasn't going to...
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    In defense of tourists

    I actually wrote this several months ago in the thick of my time in BsAs but never posted it for some reason. I was just digging through some personal archives, found it, and reflected on how true it still felt, especially now that I am back to the ease of my own language and the comfort of my...
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    In defense of tourists

    Occasionally I pick up on a bit of scorn in the tone of some people's posts toward 'tourists,' aka people who come to Argentina to live for a year or two or three. I am back in the U.S. for the time being, but having been one such tourist with the perspective afforded one returned to her native...
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    Info on paying the overstay fine

    Yes I figured that out this morning... when I posted it a bit tipsy at 3:30 am NYC time it had not yet sunk in!
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    Info on paying the overstay fine

    I was there at 5:30 am and it was open; seems like they're required to be open the same hours as the airport. So I assume on a Saturday you're fine!
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    Info on paying the overstay fine

    Paying the visa overstay fine was pretty simple but here are a few things I wish I had known before. 1) You have to pay before checking in. I went to the Avianca counter (which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND as a flight operator) and the woman looked at my passport and very kindly told me I had to pay the...
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    Stuffed gnocchi?

    DAMN that looks like some amazing pasta! Thanks, Nikad.
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    Stuffed gnocchi?

    Tomorrow is my last day in BsAs and also gnocchi day. I'm having some friends over for dinner and would really like to cook stuffed (with cheese) gnocchi. Does anyone know of a pasta place that sells them? Thanks for any leads!
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    Using a credit card from overseas

    Also remember to put your accounts on travel notification! Otherwise charges might get denied. You can also ask when you call if there's any way for them to reduce the foreign transaction charge... sometimes the 3% can become 1 if you're persuasive enough. Also always carry a form of photo ID...
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    When inflation is not really *inflation*

    From Investopedia: The phenomenon by which the seller of a particular good, service or security desires to maximize the selling price, while the buyer desires to minimize the purchasing price... Sellers will be asking for more than what the vast majority of buyers are willing to pay, which...
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    Trying to sell a new Macbook Pro for anyone looking!

    Second-hand means used. He never used it, he bought it for someone who failed to pay him for it. So, technically it's still a new computer that he just happened to bring with him to Argentina. I think $2k is quite fair.
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    Where to Find Good Custom Leather and Clothes?

    The Murillo area is fabulous for shopping, but I find the people who work at Murillo 666 to be consistently rude. I happened to be in the leather district today and walked in to see if they sold men's gloves. The woman I asked rolled her eyes, continued slumping against the wall, and shouted...
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    Various household items for sale

    Thanks to so many of you for coming to get my loot! The big-ticket items still left: Standing fan (100 pesos) Cell phone (150 pesos) Also still have the large woven basket (20 pesos), DVDs (2 pesos each), and some Spanish-language books including a Spanish-English dictionary (2-5 each)...
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    Various household items for sale

    New additions to the for sale pile: Large woven basket (I used for laundry) Black overnight/large laptop bag DVDs: Real (from the US): Star Trek (the new one); The Craft (yes that amazing '90s movie) Copies bought here: Twilight and New Moon (don't judge); My Life in Ruins; Iron Man; Bridge to...
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    Various household items for sale

    The purple towels are still available!! Mini sorry I didn't get back to you, I was waiting on another friend to see if she wanted to claim the hair products. The shampoo is Neutrogena and the conditioner is L'Oreal. I also have a full bottle of Wella "high hair crystal styler" which is a light...
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    Various household items for sale

    Also have: A real leather purse and a faux one... both brown, medium-sized, good bags but I have too many to take them all with me. Worn-only-twice sneakers, size 40 Hair products: shampoo, conditioner, gel spray, silicone product (ask about brands) Cutting board, glass pie tin, glass...
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    Various household items for sale

    I’m headed back to the states and have some items to get rid of. Everything for sale is no more than 6 months old. I’m selling it all for half or less what I paid in the hopes of selling it ASAP. All prices listed in pesos but you can pay in dollars, too. Box spring and mattress, 2 plazas...
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    Extra ! Extra! Read all ´bout it !!

    Sarah, there has always been an ATM fee, but it used to be around 12 pesos and just went up. The ATM tells you how much the fee is and then asks you if you want to continue with the transaction before spitting out your cash. It's just like using an ATM from a bank that is not yours in the States...
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    suitcases to the US

    There is no cheap way. The best thing to do is store them while you travel and then fly with them yourself. Although you will be charged extra bag fees as well as overage fees if the bag exceeds 22 kilos, it's still far cheaper than any other option. There was a post not too long ago by a...
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