Work Abroad but earn in USD

Friday, July 29, 2005

Was It Worth It?

A reader wanted to know whether I thought it was worth it to make the move. Having lived here only two and a half months, it may be a little premature to start reflecting back already, but I'll give it a shot.

Reader's Comment

It has been very interesting to follow your ups and downs as you make your way through a foreign culture and frustrating red tape. Kudos on your successes. Was it all worth it? Would you do it all over again? Is the experience worth all the headaches and inconveniences that went along with it? (Then again, I suppose the headaches ARE part of the experience).

My Response

I would say, yes, it has been worth it and yes, I would do it again. I've only really begun to get settled in. I've bought my apartment, but I haven't moved in yet. I've started learning Spanish, but I'm nowhere near the level I'd like to be at. I've started expanding my business and working more in the local market, but I'm only just beginning. So, things are finally starting to move and I'm getting more comfortable with how things work here.

Just today the last of my things from the U.S. arrived. So, by no means am I ready to really reflect on whether this has been a good long-term decision. However, it has been fun and exciting so far. The headaches have been minor.

I should also point out that I am by no means a "do it yourself" kind of person. I appreciate and respect the value that professionals bring to the table. I hired a visa lawyer to handle my immigration, a corporate lawyer & accountant to help me with my company and business issues, a real estate firm to handle my apartment search, and an architect to do the interior design and renovations to my apartment. Additionally, I have a trusted local partner and my own organization to help me with all other issues that crop up. Things have been very smooth for me and I really don't have any complaints.

In the grand scheme of things, the problems I point out here on the blog are pretty minor. I'm not losing any sleep at all. I'm mostly just trying to inform readers (so they're not surprised) and point out some of the little annoyances I've found about the differences here. I realize that can make this blog seem overly negative at times. There's a whole lot of fun stuff that I don't write about -- my trip to the fútbol match, going out to the pubs and parties with friends, eating out at the great restaurants, and even the good time I have at work each day (I have the privilege to work with a great group of people).

I don't write about this stuff mostly because it's either personal or not something an audience would be interested in, so I'm realizing that not including this can give the incorrect impression that I"m not enjoying myself, which is not the case at all. I even had one person e-mail me and say that I seemed like an "awkward, mostly disagreeable gringo." I couldn't help but laugh a little at that one. People who know me understand that I'm a very agreeable and easy-going person.

So, in summary, I'd venture a guess that a few years down the road, after looking back on everything, I'm going to say it was 100% worth it. Just ask me the question again in a year and you'll get a more accurate answer.



Blogger rickulivi said...

What is worth it?

You'll never know. You just have to follow your instincts and hope for the best. Whenever you emigrate, there are the good things about it, but there is a price to be paid too.
If you are lucky, you will adapt, grow and enjoy your new culture. Based on what I have read about you,it seems to me that "el expat" is fitting and adapting very well into the new culture. As a result, you will receive lots of new blessings.

7/31/2005 12:51:00 AM  
Blogger said...

Glad to see that you are enjoying yourself in Argentina. I don't think your Blog is too negative. Issues is what probably most readers are interested in, everyone can find a good restaurant in Buenos Aires... ;-)

7/31/2005 04:48:00 PM  
Blogger said...

Hey Expat! Here is something you should try to learn: Truco, the famous Argentinian card game.

8/02/2005 09:28:00 PM  
Blogger Pinhead said...

Hi Expat,

Like you I've got an IT team in BA, however I am still resident in the US. However, my staff there tells me that crime there - particularly theft - is rampant. Have you yet experienced any of this?

9/15/2005 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Karina_71 said...

Hola a todos!
First of all I'd like to send my **KUDOS** to the creator/s of this cool site dedicated to all the "gringos" living in Argentina and those looking towards a relocation in such a beautiful country.
As an Argentine person living in the US for almost 6 years now, I cannot help it but to feel somewhat identified with some of the challenges you Americans face trying to make it in Argentina. Of course the differences are many, but some of the feelings and challenges of being a foreigner trying to adapt to an entire different culture are the same no matter where we come from...
I'm seriously contemplating myself the idea of moving back home to Buenos Aires pretty soon, and I'd like to get some input from Americans currently living and working in Buenos Aires.
1) Any recommendations as far as what companies to use to ship my belongings back home for a reasonable price?
2) Is there a quarantine period for dogs entering the country? I'm planning on taking my Bichon doggie with me to Argentina.
3) Any good HR companies to contact for bilingual employment in Buenos Aires?
Thanks and bunch and good luck to all the fellow Americans!

12/10/2005 02:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I’m an IT guru in Flash development and I work currently with a US salary from France. I really appreciate this site. It has inspired me greatly and I'm ready to start getting into the nitty gritty details of planning my next year in BA. However there is one important issue that I do not seem to be able to find anywhere on your website and that is where can an English speaker enroll in classes for Spanish as a foreign language without paying the ridiculous premiums that you see for some of these places you find on the Internet. Being someone with years of experience studding language, it makes me laugh seeing some of these sites. “Our proven method will have you fluent in two months” you just need to drop 3Gs for an intensive immersion program. I speak fluent French and I really think one lesson a day and then the rest of the day trying to apply what you learned is adequate enough. Supposedly the education system in Argentina is fairly strong and not too expensive. So there has to be some sort of program for researchers who speak English to learn Spanish upon transferring to the University of BA. I’m from a small town in Montana and even my small university has an “English as a foreign language” curriculum. I hear that they have an equivalent in Spanish at UBA, but I don't have any idea how to enroll, or where to look on their site. Could some one suggest a few links to different schools and the program at UBA?

Thanks again for all the work you and your contributors have put into this Blog,
Nicholas Dunbar

6/01/2006 11:24:00 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home