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    The Buenos Aires Digital Nomad Program

    I agree with everything you said, I guess I just don't see people acting on this on a massive scale anytime soon to effect how people travel or think about being a digital nomad. I keep reading about how we are going to emerge from the pandemic much more concerned about the environment and our...
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    The Buenos Aires Digital Nomad Program

    Something else that occurred to me that for many people is going to be a factor, is healthcare. Is the solution that people go to public hospitals and have to figure it out on their own, buy a private insurance plan? Is there info about this in English or making it easy for someone that is in...
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    The Buenos Aires Digital Nomad Program

    To expand on this and give BA an idea, in Amsterdam there is a big city run "iAMexpat" center that is a one stop place for life as an expat. They can process your visa, open bank accounts, teach you about healthcare, laws, language classes, networking events etc
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    The Buenos Aires Digital Nomad Program

    I'm currently in Amsterdam and have been shocked at the number of Americans working remotely as freelancers here. Most have what is called a DAFT (Dutch American Friendship Treaty) visa that is very easy to get if you present a basic business plan for your business and deposit at least 4500...
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    Guzman signals faster than expected economic recovery in 2021

    I love that they actually admit they need foreign investment. The government officials should mention though that they will quickly make you into an imperialist plundering enemy overly focused on profit the second you begin operating though.
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    Spain doesn't seem very locked down

    Yes, they do frequent random checks of cars and trains arriving to Barcelona.
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    Dating in Argentina vs Dating in US/UK....

    I lived in Argentina for 10 years until 2020, when I was in my 20's and 30's and dated a lot of Argentine women during that time and am now in a serious relationship with one living together in Europe. If I had to generalize my experiences I would arrive to the following conclusions: Being an...
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    Spain doesn't seem very locked down

    I'm in Barcelona right now and things are pretty locked down in my opinion. You can't leave the city except for certain exceptions, restaurants are only open 1-3:30 pm at 30% capacity and for 45 minutes maximum, non vital stores have limited hours and can't open on the weekends and a curfew of...
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    Rent prices in BA before and after the peso crash

    From talking to friends looking to rent, renting apartments or buyings real estate in the past year I wouldn't put too much stock in listed prices for apartment rentals or sales as what you see is the asking price, the aspirational price in other words. Houses are routinely selling for 20-30%...
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    Would you like to spend the rest of your life in Argentina?

    My experience after living in Argentina for years is that prices often don't follow logic related to the country's current macroeconomic conditions besides maybe certain services and conditions change fast and go from dirt cheap to expensive. If you want to buy clothing, electronics, anything...
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    YPF Default

    I'd imagine the government will end up giving a sweetheart deal to Chinese or Russian oil companies in a few months when no other suitors appear
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    Changing Argentina’s Inertia: Is it Possible?

    Hard to identify the origin, but my conclusion for why Argentina is constantly in decline or a below average growth is a lack of taking self responsibility and resiliency on the individual level, across all socioeconomic classes. Blaming the government for the most minor issue, fighting amongst...
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    Buenos Aires positions itself as a post-pandemic destination for digital nomads

    Totally agree. There are parts of the Netherlands that I do not like nearly as much as Argentina (food, friends, warm culture etc). I think the most eye opening part of living here a year has been me changing my definition of "quality of life." In Argentina I lived like a king and could...
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    Buenos Aires positions itself as a post-pandemic destination for digital nomads

    Sounds like a great idea and something that Macri would have pushed for, but no way this happens with the current government and crazy amount of bureaucracy at Migraciones. I will never forget my days spent at migraciones offices, finally got approved after the employee used my personal cell...
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    Don Julio takes the No.1 Spot As Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2020

    Yes, I agree it ends up being more of PR/Marketing stunt. I know a couple of the voters here in Argentina and know they are quite close with the owners or chefs of the selected restaurants and it might influence their choices but that being said I guess it's kinda how the business world works...
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    Don Julio takes the No.1 Spot As Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2020

    Every year people rightly criticize the 50 best lists, because defining "best" is subjective and there is a massive amount of politics and who knows who to get on the list. While this may be true I must say that I have been so impressed with Don Julio's owner Pablo over the past 5-6 years...
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    Looking to get pepperoni, italian sausage for my pizza.

    Corte Carniceria in Belgrano sells fresh Italian sausages and I've taken it out of the casing and sautéed it with a little extra red pepper and it's nice on a pizza.
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    Argentina’s ties with China deepen under Fernández

    The difference I see is that US lenders are almost 100% motivated by getting paid back on time and earning profit, while Chinese lenders and infrastructure projects are motivated by more long term political and influence factors and the "ask" often comes years later. In my opinion at least the...
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    Uber will allow taxi drivers to register & offer rides (email)

    Uber has offered Uber Taxi in many markets for years, makes sense to offer more options for users, more revenue for Uber and get some taxi drivers on Uber's side.
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    Fabled cafe La Biela likely to close permanently

    A few years ago I was doing business consulting for a classic San Telmo bodegon where famous Argentine writers and politicians frequented in the past and continues to have a loyal client base. The place was family owned and while it might have been successful in the past no one had done any...
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