Hello all --
My partner and I are thinking about moving to Buenos Aires. We're both in our 30s, and are desperately ready to do something drastically different with our lives. We've researched some places in Central and South America, and Buenos Aires sounds terrific.
1. How much money (in USD) would we need to survive for a few months or so? We'd probably hit the ground running looking for work once we get there, but I think it would be very wise to have a nest egg. The only question is: How big would that nest egg need to be?
2. How is the economy in Argentina? Right now, we're living in Oklahoma, a state that hasn't been affected as much by the economic slowdown, thanks to the oil industry. But still, the job market isn't great. I myself just finished a college degree, only to end up working in a cell phone store for the kind of wages I could have made without a degree! Frankly, if I'm going to waste my degree working a tedious little job, then I'd prefer to do that tedious little job in a beautiful and exciting world-class city, as opposed to Oklahoma City, which really isn't all that nice.
3. The visa issue. Could anyone provide some clear information about this, or at least link to a page with some straight-forward information? (It seems as if I've come across a great deal of conflicting information.) I read something about some visa-holders taking ferry rides to Uruguay every three months in order to get around certain requirements. Is this even legal? Is the citizenship process as difficult as I've read in some other sources? More than likely, neither of us will have jobs when we get there, although my partner works for a very well-known Seattle-based coffee chain that does in fact have stores in B.A. (But he doesn't know if he'd be able to have his company sponsor him.)
Like I said, we're getting to a point in our lives where we realize that we just aren't getting any younger, and we both feel that the world is just way too big to stay in one place forever. The time is now for us to make the move of our dreams. Any advice whatsover would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks, and sorry for the long post!