We made it! It was one heck of a journey from Sydney to Queenstown, NZ to Rotorua, NZ to Auckland, NZ and then Buenos Aires, but we’re finally moved into our new place in Rosario. I just wanted to give a little update on how everything went, as I’ve been getting some questions that I haven’t had a chance to respond to. (It’s been a bit crazy + we JUST got the internet in our place.) And I’ll start posting on our New Zealand trip next week.
We are most definitely going to need to learn Spanish, haha. I actually start Spanish school on Monday, which I’m very excited about. But it also means I will be dedicating nearly all of my free time to learning the language, and may not be quite as responsive to blog/social media comments, emails, etc. as I typically try to be. I’m thinking this will be the case for the next month, and then I will switch to a less demanding class schedule, but we shall see.
Overall, I am pleasantly surprised just how much I am enjoying Rosario! Absolutely every person I have met here has been so incredibly kind and has really gone out of their way to make me feel welcome (especially our upstairs neighbour, who is also my husband’s coworker – a big thank you!).
There are some things that are obviously very different and taking some getting used to. (The language barrier is the biggest one.) One of them is the sidewalks are a bit treacherous, as they are rather uneven and broken in most spots. (I also realize all of the photos I’ve managed to post in here of really good sidewalks in the city, which are far and few.) Oh, and pedestrians DO NOT have the right of way, haha. If you do not look both ways and walk in front of traffic, people will not stop for you! I was also shocked that there are no laundromats. I actually had to take my dirty laundry to a laundry service today, and a lovely lady there will wash it and deliver it to my apartment for an incredibly reasonable rate! But perhaps the biggest shock was just how bland the food is. I’m not trying to be mean, but Argentinan food has zero spices in it. It’s crazy! And dinner doesn’t typically start until after 9 p.m. or as late as 11 p.m. on the weekends! (Most restaurants won’t even open until 8:30 p.m.)
I’ve also been getting asked about crime here. There is very little violent crime here. However, petty theft is a pretty big issue. I won’t use my cell phone much at all when I am outside, as iPhones are the number one thing to get stolen right out of your hands here. I’m also using a very old crossbody bag to carry my things in. (I don’t know if I’ll be using my novelty bags or Kate Spade bag while I’m here, as those are pretty easy targets for theft.)
Another question that has been coming up is the clothing style in Argentina. I don’t know if I have a very good feel for it just yet, but I can say that it is more casual in comparison to what I was used to in the United States, Tokyo and Sydney. For now, my own style will be reflecting that as I’m trying not to stand out SO much until I get a better sense of the area and language. Get ready for some outfit posts featuring jeans! Haha.
Oh, and I will not be doing a whole lot of online ordering for the time being…as that is something that is not worth your time in Argentina. If you order something and have it shipped to your address in Argentina, it will likely take months and you’ll be hit with some crazy taxes. So, any online stuff I get will have to hang out at my Mom’s house in the United States until I return home to visit! (Thanks, Mom!)
But overall, I am really excited about our new journey here in Rosario! These past few days have been a whirlwind but in a very positive way. We have met so many wonderful people who have been willing to help us and answer all of our questions (and translate for us when we are struggling). This is a city with a lot of character and culture and I can’t wait to explore it, even more, this weekend!
That’s all I know so far! Haha. I just wanted to let everyone know how things are going down here and what my initial impressions were. I’ll be back to my normal travel/outfit posts on Monday. I hope everyone has a great weekend! And let me know what your thoughts are on Argentina in the comments! Were my impressions close to what you thought? Or did you have a different image of Argentina?
I do apologise for the quality of these photos, I’ve only been using my phone to quickly snap photos these past few days..as my camera batteries are dead and I’m in need of a new charger. Whoops!