Venite a Casa!
Costa Rica 5791, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Speaking no spanish, but having already formed an opinion about Buenos Aires by descriptions of the city neighbourhoods and stories of the argentinean soul you only get if you read too much literature and dig into the meaning of tango songs
Unique Quality: The rooms are clean, comfy and spacious. They have a big screen tv with LOADS of films, Super fast internet connections. The accommodation included clean rooms every day, basic essentials like shampoo and conditioner (!!) provided any time, huge fresh breakfast and Sunday meals -Argentinean Style - on the house, but most importantly, a friendly environment that went beyond exquisit host ethics:
Directions: Palermo soho
More about Buenos Aires
While not in the cemetery . .
A view of the expansive plaza
Entryway to Apartment
Insurance in B.A.
I'm heading down to Buenos Aires next month and was wondering what kind of insurance is recommended. I'm going to be in Argentina for two months and Brazil for three...Any thoughts??
Re: Insurance in B.A.
You can either purchase a travel insurance policy which I can tell you will not be accepted at most hospitals in Argentina. They will want you to pay and then be reimbursed by your insurance company. I do recommend one travelers medical assistance group in Buenos Aires and you might check my travel pages for the name and contact information. You other option at least in Argentina is to purchase health insurance from a group such as Swiss Medical. Short term policies are available and include dental and discounted Rx's. Here is a link for them http://www.swissmedical.com.ar/frontend/index.asp
Aurora Couretot is a Doctor turned insurance broker for SM and speaks fluent English and would be able to better advise you on a policy. Her email is email@example.com with their policy they would also cover you in Brazil but not sure if the hospitals would accept it or not. She would be able to guide you there as well. It would be much cheaper buying it locally than one of the travelers policies. I found the quality of health care through Swiss to be outstanding and my primary care Doctor highly skilled.
Hope this helps and have a great visit.
Re: Insurance in B.A.
Gracias Porteno, por eso y todo la ayuda con gente que pasa tiempo en Argentina. Nos ayuda mucho!
Re: Insurance in B.A.
Mucho gracias. Mi placer y buena suerte mi amigo.
Travel Tips for Buenos Aires
In the Buenos Aires summer season, Portenos who aren't in Punta del Este, etc. sometimes go to private recreation facilities such as Punta Carrasco to lounge around the pool, sunbathe, drink and kick it with da homies. It's not very expensive (like around $10 pesos) so you make it a point to go too. But be warned, you'll have to go through a medical "screening" before they'll let your Krispy Kreme-fed milky white booty inside. Men go in one place and women in the other. You'll have to show em' you don't have lil critters running around in your armpits and don't need a lifetime supply of Lamisil. I've heard in other more stringent places you might have to show even more. Wouldn't want that job.
Drink Mate With Good Friends
Sabrina_Florida was kind enough to prepare Mate for myself and vtnyc. Mate is a very traditional drink for Argentines. At the park, I even saw parents giving it to toddlers.
At first it has a similar taste to green tea but has a bit of a bitter aftertaste. The yerba is packed into the gourd about 2/3 full. Then hot water is poured in. After letting it sit for a bit the first person drinks through the metal straw. When that person is done, more hot water is poured in and the next person takes there turn and so on and so on.
Buy a Good Travel Guidebook
Before you go on a major trip, I find that it is essential to invest in a good travel guide book. In my case, I really did not have much detailed knowledge of Argentina so I knew that I was going to have to do some serious research to figure out where to go and what to do during our Argentinian trip.
Although I actually prefer the 'DK Eyewitness' series of guides because of their colour photos and tips, they do not do a guide for Argentina as far as I could determine. Consequently, I ended up paying about US$32 (with tax) for the April, 2002 edition of the Lonely Planet guide to 'Argentina, Uruguay & Paraguay'.
This 744-page book, almost entirely in black and white except for a map or two and a few photos, is packed full of useful information. It told me about the Visa requirements and lot's of local customs (like 'empanadas' in my Restaurant tips, for instance). I have no regrets for having bought it and I don't think you will either!
Unfortunatelly this square and surrounding became famous dued to the fire into a disco Xmas 05' when almost 200 young people died inside...it was a Callejeros performance and sth was wrong and a fire involved people inside and couldnt go out because the fire extinguisher or the emergency exits doesnt work !!!
Now there is a memorial in Miserere square corner where there are a lot of placards and personal stuff of them ..
Miserere square is a bus hub full of people waiting for this bus and a central square at all touristic but quite safe for my eyes
Digital Photo Printing
Since there's been a couple of questions in the forums regarding digital photo printing services in Argentina, here's some info. Which service to choose will depend on whether you are in Argentina long term or not (short term, probably best to pick up prints at a Kodak store) and your comfort paying online.
1) You can upload your photos on Kodak Foto Online (http://www.kodakfotonline.com.ar/) and then pick the copies up at the Kodak Foto Express store either in Patio Bullrich, Paseo Alcorta, Galerias Pacifico or quite a few others (you choose the store when you order). The price is $1.20 pesos per 4x6 inch print
Web site: http://www.kodakfotonline.com.ar/
2) Imprimi Tus Fotos is much cheaper but they only send via mail. Read some forum postings on other places recommending them but I haven't used them. Price is $0.79 pesos per 4x6 inch print
Web Site: http://www.imprimitusfotos.com.ar/
3) Sin rollos is another site that operates in Spain, Mexico and Argentina. Cost is similar to the previous one: $0.80 pesos per 4x6 inch print. I think they have a few more tools than the previous site to adjust / fix your own photos. Once again, a few good comments on online forums, but haven't used them
Web site: http://www.sinrollos.com (then choose Argentina from the menu)
4) Ubbi (owned by Clarin newspaper) also has a service (fotos.ubbi.com) which is affiliated with Agfa, and in their case they will mail them to you for a small fee (about 5 pesos for Buenos Aires)... although if you are trying to pick them up, they don't have nearly as many stores where you can do so, and none downtown. Price is $1 peso per 4x6 inch print.
Web Site: http://fotos.ubbi.com
Hope this is helpful Indicative prices listed above, but check the sites
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