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    Mujica calls Argentines “swindlers”

    In frugal Uruguay, anyone owning three large tractors is rich.
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    Mujica calls Argentines “swindlers”

    Mujica is ridiculed by many Uruguayans, who are ashamed of his appearance and his language. As to swindlers, he should know. He passes himself off as a poor farmer, using jam jars as drinking glasses, but has three powerful tractors at his farm. To my certain knowledge, worth at least...
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    Default?

    The alternative is keeping $$ at home, which is very dangerous. Not for the theft itself, but for the real danger of criminals breaking in and torturing the family until someone reveals where the money is.
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    Default?

    Quite right. However, to my own, personal knowledge, many private homes were expropriated when Peron was in power. These palatial residences, coveted by Peron's henchmen, were expropriated lock, stock and barrel, complete with furniture, paintings, and garden statues.
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    Default?

    To my knowledge, safety boxes have never been breached. Plenty of rumors about it, but that's all. So far!
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    Buying Real Estate in BA

    If it is any consolation, it is the same in the US: when selling a property, inflation is not factored in. That's fair for those flipping properties, but if one sells a home after living in it for thirty years, about 95% of the price difference is just inflation.
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    Refrigerator recommendations?

    MercadoLibre was $7000 cheaper than Garbarino's "Special Offer One Day Only Sale" Free delivery, too.
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    Refrigerator recommendations?

    I needed a new refrigerator, and asked my trusted repair shop which one was the most trouble-free. They told me to stay away from frost-free styles - "frio seco"- and buy a sturdier cyclic "frio humedo" instead. Got one three years ago and haven't had to defrost it yet. They also said most...
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    Newcomer here need advice please!

    You sound like a great addition to the local scene.... Welcome to Buenos Aires....!
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    Buying Real Estate in BA

    Lucky you....! Unfortunately, past deals don't mean much - In 2003, that same apartment would probably have gone for 30k.
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    Buying Real Estate in BA

    Ecellent list....! I'll just add: 12. First floor apartments undesirable - easier access to burglars, climbing exterior walls. 13. For Northern hemisphere expats, keep in mind that down here a NORTHERN exposure is preferred. South means looking towards the Antartida......! East gets the...
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    Buying Real Estate in BA

    In my experience, real estate commissions are negotiable. Same goes for escribanos' fees - supposed to be 2% of sale price, but often done for 1%.
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    Hundred dollar bills - small-face

    Just lost the perfect excuse for a USA vacation, to exchange my "cara chica" bills. They can be deposited in any Argentine bank's dollar account - face value. Same in Uruguay. The only problem is with local cuevas and arbolitos, eager to make a killing.
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    Argentina citizenship as a non-resident

    As to compulsory voting, when abroad you can vote in any Argentine consulate.
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    Hundred dollar bills - small-face

    "Haha" indeed...... I got them from an Argentine bank. Will have to take them to an USA bank, where just three corners of a bill can be swapped for a brand new bill.
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    Hundred dollar bills - small-face

    Today my local cueva informed me that they no longer take "small-face" hundred dollar bills. They only take the newer ones, those with a blue stripe running top to bottom. Anyone else had this problem?
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    Buying A Car As A Tourist

    It is worth getting an International Driving permit, if only for the fun of handing it to the cops open in the Chinese page, and watch their faces. Seriously, now. I was stopped on the way to. Mar del Plata once. The cops objected to my USA license, but retreated in the face of the...
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    Buying A Car As A Tourist

    As a dog lover, I'd like to point out that flying is incredibly stressful for dogs. Worthwhile if one is moving or planning to stay a couple of years, but not for a vacation. About five years ago there was a thread about flying with dogs, and a retired AA pilot posted some very interesting...
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    Buying A Car As A Tourist

    You can drive a car in Argentina with a foreign driver's license, plus an international permit, available by mail from AAA in the USA. The way it works, you pay for the car, then wait for two or three days while the paperwork is processed.
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    Buying A Car As A Tourist

    To take an Argentine-tagged car to Uruguay a valid DNI is needed. Can't do it with a passport.
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