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  • Packages / Receiving Shipments from Abroad
  • From: Lindsay, November 26, 2009

I've been testing out a few ways to get packages here from the states, delivered to my house, for the past few months. Waiting at customs isn't worth it, so in order to get a package delivered to your home, keep a few things in mind.

1. Send it via USPS International Priority Mail. It's a flat fee envelope the sender picks up at the office. I think it's 11.95 or 12.95.

2. The envelope can not weigh over 0.5 kilos. My family sends me things and weighs it on a kitchen scale to divide packages up evenly and slightly under the weight limit.

3. Contents should be opened and on the obligatory customs form the contents should be noted as a gift or a used item with the value under $25. Anything with a stated value over that gets pulled by customs and you'll have to go pick it up.

I've had many packages sent this way and I've received almost all of them. Only one was pulled, not sure why. I think it's sometimes a random selection. It was a hassle though. Also, one of my packages was "lost" in the mail. International priority shipping via USPS does not offer package tracking or insurance. Those packages would surely have to transit through the central customs office.

I never have anything sent that I couldn't live with not being delivered.

    From: WynnWoods, November 26, 2009

I have done the same thing, except I have had about 13 oe 14 packages weighing around 10 to 12 kilos mailed to me here. Never once have any of them been pulled by customs so long as the USPS has been used. A little over 2 years ago they were empowered to impose their own customs duties, so they submit a bill to me if there are any fees.

Only twice did they submit bills to me upon delivery and I just refused shipment. Then I just went to the Correo Central in Retiro and showed them my US passport and they let me leave with my package with no fees assigned.

If items are sent FedEx or DHL they always end up in customs.

I have all the items listed as used and never worry about the less than $25 value. I also have "Personal Use" put in the middle of the declaration form in large letters and circled.

If items were sent through Priority I get most of them delivered to my house, but a few times I had to go to the Correo Central to pick them up. If items were sent Express I got all of them in my apartment.

Only once was any package ever sent to me opened.

I am not saying this is the usual, maybe I just got lucky. But I do think it significant that it worked 100% of the time for me.

    From: Conyers Thompson, September 06, 2006

My advice based on (albeit limited) experience with packages sent here from abroad is: Don't do it. A friend's parents mailed a cheap cell phone from England--worth perhaps 100 pesos--and it arrived with a demand for almost 600 pesos in duty. He simply abandoned the phone. I'm sure someone at the post office or in customs subsequently added it to their collection of pilfered goods.

    From: Jvanka, September 06, 2006

From the USA use USPS and add "Registered Mail" option. In the custom declaration mark it as a gift with no commercial value.  Have it insured, just in case you don't get in BA your sender can collect the value in money for the goods.  Have also specify clearly no commercial use, and a value as a used equipment (although you can insured for more value) This way the package will arrive at Buenos Aires Downtown (Retiro), not Ezeiza airport.  You will receive a notice from the postal service where to pick up your package and when at the pick up location they may charge you importation fees (depends of the dude who works at the moment of your pickup, if they want to charge you, with charm argue is personal use and not for re sale)

More info:  http://pe.usps.gov/text/Imm/immicl/immiclab_008.html

Another suggestion, check http://www.deremate.com.ar/   you may be able to buy these things in Argentina and avoid shipping troubles (if any)

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  • Pan Dulce / A Traditional Bread Dessert Made with Sweets Found During the Christmas Holiday Season

Note from Pete: I have never had a pan dulce that I enjoyed.  Most are very dry.  I think it is normally eaten in the morning with coffee, or maybe as a dessert.  I guess it's a cultural thing, if you grow up with pan dulce you enjoy it.  Funny thing is I actually enjoy fruit cake made in the USA for XMas but pan dulce has never made me say YUMMM!  People get crazy when they talk about the "best pan dulce" in the city!  Maybe I need to dunk it in my coffee or pour some brandy over it to moisten it up!

    From: Concepcion Dominguez Suarez, December 13, 2007

This association uses unemployed people to make their  Pan Dulce. The chef Maru Botana give them her recipe.

You can buy the boxes at

Fundación Compromiso (Arenales 1457), 

Fundación Judaica y Templo Libertad (Libertad 769), 

Fundación Avina (Virrey Olaguer 2921), 

Fundación Poder Ciudadano (Piedras 547), 

Fundación Huésped (Angel Peluffo 3932), 

Centro de Estudios Antropológicos (Miñones 1938), 

Fundación Inicia (Acasusso 509. San Isidro),

Asociación Otro Mercado al Sur (Calle 10 entre 54 y 55, La Plata).

or 4698-0147 o navidad@lajuanita.org.ar

There is an article about this association in La Nacion

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/EdicionImpresa/informaciongeneral/nota.asp?nota_id=970670

    From: Bob Hannan, December 13, 2007

you can also place orders online via

http://www.helpargentina.org/lajuanita.php

    From: yoyvos705, December 13, 2007

Clarissimo has good pan dulce, no nuts and not dry. ( Parera 187 and L.N. Alem 855 )

    From: RUCA NATIVA - Claudio, December 09, 2007

Try the Pan Dulce of La Paraloccia , in Belgrano, Av. Del Libertador 5823  (going from Palermo to Belgrano on the right hand of the av.), a few corners after the tunnel. The phone is 4511-1774.

u$ 10 the piece, and it worth every single cent.

    From: turismoenbaires, December 09, 2007

The best Pan dulce in my opinion is in Wiegener: Coronel Díaz and Santa Fe. Don' miss it!!

    From: Roberto Dario Frassinetti, December 09, 2007

For me the best Pan Dulce is to be found on the Martin Garcia Island, just some 15 minutes by airplane from the Airport of San Fernando….. And of course, while touring around the island the Panadería -the bakery- is a place no one should miss, for their sweet bread is outstandingly perfect (former president Carlos Menem used to fly in his private plane to the island specially to buy this bread, though some experts in politics assure this was just an excuse to meet up with some less respectful people of questionable moral) and for the great art nouveau architecture of the building that has remained intact.

    From: Concepcion Dominguez Suarez, December 09, 2007

I recommend the Pan Dulce of Plaza Mayor. It is a bit expensive but it is worth trying it!Plaza Mayor is at Venezuela 1399, barrio Montserrat .

    From: Frank Almeida, December 10, 2007

We make a pan dulce every year. The difference that we bring to this seasonal product is that, since one of the things that I dislike about pan dulces was that just about all of them are made with candied fruit, we make ours without it. It is very typical for me to hear someone praise us that normally does not like pan dulce.

So for any of you who wish to try this seasonal and regional product and were always put off by that glow-in-the-dark look of candied fruit, you can try ours. We make our pan dulce with hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, raisins and candied orange peel (yes this is the only candied fruit that we use) all soaked in cognac. We top it off with a crunchy almond topping (made with almonds that we grind ourselves).

The recipe we use is actually one that my wife has been using for years. Before we started this business she would make pan dulces only for the family since her family also has the same aversion to candied fruit as I do it was always a big hit.

This year you can find our pan dulces at Jumbo (Palermo, Pilar, Unicenter), Falabella in Rosario, Cordoba and both Cap. Federal locations (Unicenter and Florida street downtown), as well as Al Queso, queso and Le-Shop. You could also find it at our shop. In fact, we have a pan dulce that is even more top of the line at our store with a higher percentage of nuts in the recipe and a different presentation. You can see images of our seasonal gift items -here- as an online slide show.

Most places will sell our pan dulce at around $35 to $40 (700gr).

At our store it goes for $30, while the top of the line one at 1kg goes for $45

Happy holidays!

Frank E. Almeida / Sugar & SpiceGuatemala 5415 (esq. Juan B. Justo en Palermo Hollywood) 4777-5423

www.sugarandspice.com.ar 

    From: holtjjturismoenbaires, December 13, 2007

the best Pan dulce for me is in Plaza mayor.

http://www.grupoplazamayor.com/Rest-05/Index.html

Don't miss it!!

    From: Concepcion Dominguez Suarez, December 13, 2007

If somebody is willing to help this association created by unemployed people you can try their  Pan Dulce. The chef Maru Botana give them her recipe. You can buy the boxes at Fundación Compromiso (Arenales 1457), Fundación Judaica y Templo Libertad (Libertad 769), Fundación Avina (Virrey Olaguer 2921), Fundación Poder Ciudadano (Piedras 547), Fundación Huésped (Angel Peluffo 3932), Centro de Estudios Antropológicos (Miñones 1938), Fundación Inicia (Acasusso 509. San Isidro),Asociación Otro Mercado al Sur (Calle 10 entre 54 y 55, La Plata). or 4698-0147 o navidad@lajuanita.org.ar .

There is an article about this association in La Nacion

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/EdicionImpresa/informaciongeneral/nota.asp?nota_id=970670 

    From: Bob Hannan, December 13, 2007

you can also place orders online via http://www.helpargentina.org/lajuanita.php  Felices Fiestas

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  • Paper Stationary Store

"Wussmann", Rodriguez Peña 1399, 4811-2444 between Las Heras and Juncal.

This is a store in Recoleta that Ron gets special paper from, very cool papers, very cool store, very high prices.  It's the only place Ron can find certain paper stock for projects (he's always working on something).  They also seem to have a branch at Venezuela 570, 4331-1887.

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  • Party Decorations / New Years Party Favors / Cotillon

Re: Has anyone come across some fun New Year decorations, like things that pop when you pull a string and shoot confetti or streamers, or party favors, plates / napkins / that kind of stuff?

    From: Julio Cesar Losua, December 28, 2009

You can find a lot of this shops on Lavalle street ( between Junin and Pasteur), in Barrio Once. We call that cotillon.
Saludos and happy New Year!!!

http://www.ciudadcotillon.com.ar/

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    From: Juhi (Kavita) Manwani, December 28, 2009

chk out cotillon paz on lavalle between paso and larrea. u can also chk out cotillon ticoral further on lavalle approx. between azcuenaga and pasteur.
happy new year to all!

    From: fiorella donayre zapata, December 28, 2009

I was at Ticoral express in the morning and they have the popping confetti things (morteros lanzapapelitos) and noise makers (like matracas, maracas y cornetas). Ticoral express is at lavalle 2328.

    From: Shahrukh Merchant, December 31, 2008

These are sold at "cotillon" shops, that you can often find in all neighbourhoods. However, the local cotillon shop tends to be a small place and sells mostly stuff for children's birthday parties, though they have some seasonal items as well.

But if you really want the best selection, you need to go to the "Cotillon district" in the Abasto area. Specifically, that would be on Lavalle around Pueyrredon, in the 4-5 blocks between Larrea and Anchorena. If it exists in Buenos Aires, that's where you can find it. There are a couple of "cotillon superstores" that have it all, and lots of smaller specialty places.

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  • Passport Issues / Can I Travel with a Passport that is about to Expire?
  • From: Louis Raunchy, August 26, 2006

Usually it's 3 months for most countries and no one asks for more than 6. Argieland askes for 90 days ( 3 months)

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  • Penalty for staying longer then the allowed 90 day “tourist visa” stay

I'm no longer sure about the cost of the penalty for overextending your stay, this only happened to us once when it was 1 peso = 1 USA dollar and it was 50 dollars then. I usually like to keep my nose clean and stay "legal" so I don't recommend you just don't let the 90 day visit slip and think you'll just pay the fine when you decide to go out of the country. It is a long process to pay the fine at EZE airport, took us almost 2 hours and we barely made our flight.  Others have said paying the fine when taking the ferry to Uruguay was a 10 minute procedure but our experience at the international airport was very long.

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  • Pepper at McDonalds / I think this is why I enjoy living in south America

From: Sean, June 28, 2007

Okay I admit I go to mcdonalds every so often…but really just to buy the egg mcmuffin (tostada con huevo, previously called the Ciabatta)…but I just simply cannot eat egg without pepper. And for some oddball reason Mcdonalds in Argentina doesn’t choose to offer pepper as a condiment. Here in Mendoza a long time ago, the first mdonalds that informed me that there was no pepper, offered me a salt and pepper mix they have in the back as an internal ingredient. She put a small quantity in a small cup and frankly, this salt/pepper mix is awesome, I think it has something else in it also..but it’s now what I always ask for. Indeed of the 5 mcdonalds here in Mendoza, one always gives me trouble – enjoys making it a problem but I always get it, until about a month ago when the manager told me “city hall doesn’t allow us to remove pepper from the kitchen” and that I’m “not allowed to bring my own pepper into the store”. Needless to say, mcdonalds headquarters in Mendoza quickly fixed this issue a few days later and even gave me a free egg mcfuffin combo breakfast. When I was in BA a few days ago, a mcdonalds promptly denied me the salt/pepper mix and claimed it didn’t even exist. Mcdonalds headquarters in Olivos (4711-2000, contact: Marina) promptly resolved this issue also.  So in case there is a small chance that anyone else out there has a pepper-on-their-egg-mcmuffin fetish here in Argentina, there is justice lol.

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  • Performing Arts / Playing in one of the local Orchestras or Teaching
  • From: Sean, August 12, 2006

David Handell, from the USA , does superb work in Mendoza, and has revitalized the Bolivian Orchetsra also

Here are links to the Mendoza gig:

http://www.orquesta.uncu.edu.ar/contenido/index.php

http://www.uncu.edu.ar/contenido/index.php?tid=1&mid=127&itemaction=ampliar&M_Item=3720

Here are some links on him as well:

http://www.jamesarts.com/handel/handel_eng.htm

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4752029

http://www.americanvoices.org/artists/classical/davidhandel/artistbio_view

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  • Personal Trainer
  • From: Peter J. Macay, April 27, 2009

I have the most amazing trainer.  I go to Megatlon (a chain of gyms here) and I saw Pablo training people and thought “That’s the kind of training I want”, I loved the way he works people out, then I heard him speaking English (for me, I needed a trainer who speaks English)  Pablo is free lance, he is not an employee of Megatlon, he can train in the gym or any other gym.  He charges a set fee per session which is an hour workout including stretching you afterwards.

He always changes the routine, never repeating.  He is always with you, spotting you, always asking if there is any pain or discomfort.

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He has a degree in physical education and builds the routine around your goals.

His name is Pablo Nejamis pablonejamis@gmail.com    / www.personaltrainerinba.com
Cell: 15-5042-6676  Tell him Pete recommended him.

I have not used a trainer before, but I feel I am well read on physical fitness, exercise, do's / don'ts, stretching, injuries, proper form, etc.  Pablo constantly monitors your form, corrects it, telling you which muscle to focus on, visualization, etc.  I'm really happy with him.  I've been exercising for years on my own with little change in my physique, after only 2 sessions per week, for 2 months, I saw a big improvement.  My goal was to put on bulk/muscle, I'm a naturally thin guy and will never be "big", he suggested a weight gain supplement that is balanced with 70% carbs and 30% proteins which he thinks is a healthy way to supplement your diet without overdoing anything.  He is not a dietitian, but is knowledgeable on diet through his physical education degree.  I've already gained 5 kilos, all of it muscle, that's a LOT for my frame. Now I work out with him 3 times a week. 

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  • Peru / Ecuador / Getting around by Bus
  • From: Marilyn Fisher, July 11, 2007

I bussed the length of Peru into Ecuador, but slowly.  Yes, it's easy to go straight from the Lima airport directly, by a kind of airport bus/van, to any bus station.  (Each bus company runs it's own little station).  From there you can bus to the Ecuador border just north of Tumbes, (the checking out of Peru part), hire a taxi to be taken to the checking in part to Ecuador, because it's far,  and while you are at it, make sure your negotiation includes both parts AND being taken to the actual town afterwards!!!!  From the border town there are buses to everywhere, of course Quito.     Buses are comfortable and there are all-night buses, too.  If you wanted, you could bus it all in one swoop.  (I did it going back to Ecuador in one swoop from Trujillo, Peru, to Quito, arriving in Quito at 2:00 a.m. - not good.  Have a place picked out for a taxi to take you.)  But it would be so much nicer, if you had the time, to stop in many of Peru's archeological ruins.  And the wildlife islands off the coast of Pisco!!!  And the museum Lord of Sipan just a public bus ride outside Chiclayo!!!!  The bus route stright up the desert coast is easy and fast.  It's the deviations into the mountains that are slow, slippery, rainy, and accident-prone.

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  • Pet Boarding Services
  • From: Karin Hosenfeld, June 12, 2006

If you are anything like us, you will hate the prospect of putting your beloved dog into a cold, damp, lonely kennel while you are away enjoying your yearly holiday. There can be nothing more comforting and stress free to know that your beloved dog is being looked after and given the love, care and attention it deserves with our home from home boarding service - home comforts that your dog is already used to. By this I mean your dog will live and sleep in our home. It will have the freedom to run around the house and the enclosed rear garden. Should your dog feel a little tired and require a nap it can lie down and relax in front of a roaring fire with a chew stick or two.  We will do our utmost to keep to the routine you have with your dog at the moment i.e. meal times etc. This will be better for the dog's well-being and will create less disruption. The dog's food, bedding, collar, etc will need to be supplied by you.  Conntact us: abaez4@hotmail.com          

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  • Pets / Traveling and Transporting
  • From: Peter J. Macay, August 23, 2006

We brought our 2 cats from California with us, at the time they were 10.  The vet said the flight was too long to sedate them. We flew American  Airlines and they put them in with the checked "special" luggage (like big  items, skis, strollers, etc). Their requirement was to let them know 2 days  ahead of time so they can schedule other cargo, I guess a lot of things  (food products, flowers?) are shipped with dry ice and they have to make  sure the animals will not be in with it. Of course they made us supply food  and water that was attached in a little baggy to the animal carrier.  The cats were in their carriers for 16 hours, with a change of planes in  Miami, Florida,  Once we arrived in Bs.As. they told us we had to go to "cargo" to pickup the  cats. This was in another building and when we got there they told us the  cats would have been put on the carrousel with all the other luggage, so we  trudged back to the regular terminal with our luggage. Everyone had packed  up and left by then but Ron started banging on some AA door and finally  someone came out. Soooooo, the lesson here is to ask a few different  attendants where your animal will really be coming into, as with most things  in Argentina, a smile and polite asking goes a LONG WAY, I have found  Argentines are extremely helpful if you are polite and ask nicely.  Even though I put a little litter box in each carrier (they were in separate  containers) neither used them, I guess they were too nervous. Once out of  their cages, they used the litter box, then slept for 3 days straight.  After that, you would never known they had any stress, no loss of hair, no  acting paranoid, nuttin honey.  I think it was more stressful for me worrying about them, then it was for  the cats.  Good luck! Our pets are important, and it was TOTALLY worth the time, money  (for all the apostillo stamps) and effort

    From: jim.anderson80, November 01, 2007

Re: Does anyone have experience bringing a cat from Argentina back into the U.S.?

We are Canadian company located in Argentina for the last 7 years. We provide full range of pet services Incl. Transportion. We prepare all the papers which are needed to transport your pets out of the country. More informations www.petsventura.com

    From: pdeyba , November 02, 2007

Speaking just to the Argentinean part, this is a very simple process. Any vet can look at the cat and give you a "good health" certificate, probably on the spot. Should cost very little. Take the certificate to a pleasant government office located in a small park located on the extension of Avenida Brazil (just past the casinos, at the end of Puerto Madero toward La Boca, pretty close to Costanera Sur), pay a few pesos, and have your necessary papers within 20 minutes. Or, pay fewer pesos and get your papers the next day. There are a couple of parrillas right next to the government office, so you combine the trip with lunch. Earlier this week we paid 41 pesos for immediate paperwork on two cats. We are taking the cats to Uruguay, and for that it was not necessary to take the cats with us to the government office. I noticed a sign on the wall that listed destination countries for which it was necessary to have the animals present at the office in order to get the papers; I don't recall whether the US was one of those, but you can check. The vet will be able to tell you the name of this government office and the precise address.

    From: Roberto Capone, November 02, 2007

First of all you have to check out what are USA constraints to do this (quarantine, documentation, correct vaccination).

After meet requierments, you have to get:

- Health certification from its vet. (Easy)

- Official rabid vaccine certification. Public Health System in BA have a free vaccination campaign every September or October that gives you this document. If you keep it from last, you don't need it. If not you must go to  Instituto Pasteur http://www.pasteur.secyt.gov.ar/  to  get the shot and paper.

Then you should go to SENASA http://www.senasa.gov.ar/seccion.php?in=1  10 days before leave to validate this documentation. Fee is AR$25.

To fly you should get a CarryKennel according with animal size.

    From: pataninba, July 5, 2007

Re: I am from Calgary, Alberta Canada and will be living in BA  for a year. I would like to bring my dog down with me. Can you please tell me all the details I need to do before bringing him down here. 

we brought 2 cats from toronto last year and it was a relatively  straightforward process.  ten days before you leave, you need to get a licensed vet to sign a  certificate of health that includes an anti-rabies vaccination as well  as a report on health conditions. my vet had the form in the office.  then you take it to the canadian food inspection agency office for a  seal. more info here  http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/heasan/export/exporte.shtml#la  av you also need to get an airline ticket for the pet (it costs way less  than a regular ticket) and a good strong carrier with lots of blankets  for heat. once here, senasa will look at the canadian certificate and charge a  nominal fee (not sure how much, but 10-15 pesos). and then you have an argentine pet!!! 

    From: hcrest52, August 19, 2006

On Continental, our dog flew in the baggage compartment of our plane, but was checked in as "cargo". Why Continental does this, I have no idea. The dog (a Golden) arrived safe and sound with us, but instead of retrieving her from baggage claim, we had to go over to cargo and go through a time (and distance) consuming process to get her out. No hassles with the vet or anything, just took a long time. The guys that help out at baggage claim said Conti is the only airline that does this.  On the good side, Continental was really helpful on the way down -- the pilot let a stewardess know when the dog boarded the baggage compartment (both legs of the flight), which was a relief. Even the people at cargo were nice to her -- they took her for a little walk and gave her water while we were filling out the paperwork.  On another note, Arg. is dog-heaven! They really like the four-legged creatures here, and ours is really happy to be walked by a "paseador" for a couple of hours every day. All the dogs are fit -- ours is a bit overweight by U.S. standards and strangers we see on the street have no problem commenting that she is "pretty" but "too fat"!

    From: elizarfati, March 29, 2006

http://www.worldtravelguide.com/travel-essentials/pet-airline-travel.html

sedatives or tranquilizers :

According to national and international air transportation organizations, as well as the American Humane Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association, in most cases the answer is "no"! "An animal's natural ability to balance and maintain equilibrium is altered under sedation," says Dr. Patricia Olson, DVM, PhD, former director of veterinary affairs and studies for the American Humane Association. "When the kennel is moved, a sedated animal may not be able to brace and prevent injury." Whether flying in the cabin or as checked baggage, animals are exposed to increased altitude pressure of approximately 8,000 feet. Increased altitude, according to Dr. Olson, can create respiratory and cardiovascular problems for dogs and cats who are sedated or tranquilized. "Brachycephalic dogs and cats [those with short, wide heads] are especially affected," says Dr. Olson. "Although thousands of pets are transported uneventfully by air, airline officials believe that when deaths occur they often result from the use of sedation."

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  • Pets / Where to Buy?
  • From: noimmediateplans, December 13, 2007

Re: Birds

The best place to see birds for sale here is the Feria de Pajaros held every Sunday morning (from 9 or 10 until around 2 in the afternoon). In Nuevo Pompeya on Avenida Saenz, near the intersection with Avenida Perito Moreno. On the other side of the street from the big church, a couple of blocks further away from the bridge.  It's in plano 31 in the small bus guide.

The Feria itself takes place within a small "fairgrounds" where the same vendors set up their stands every week. The emphasis is on birds and bird-related items, but you will also see puppies, fish, and reptiles.

On the sidewalks for the 2 or 3 blocks between the feria and the bridge there are street vendors with all sorts of animals for sale. Lots of native birds (although it is illegal to sell them without a special license). Various animals that were caught wild up north and brought here to sell (once I saw baby armadillos). Puppies and kittens, hand-fed hookbill birds, iguanas, snakes, baby herons, just about anything that someone could catch and try to sell could be there.

I would not actually buy a bird from the feria (and certainly not from the street vendors) unless I really knew and trusted the vendor. I bought a canary once from someone who has a stand there, and found out later the bird had a chronic pulmonary disorder. There is not much overhead in canaries, so someone who needs to make a living selling birds is probably going to be running a sort of canary version of a puppy mill. Overcrowded conditions, poorer quality food, etc.

The feria is great for getting good quality bird seed, medicine, cages, and supplies at much cheaper prices than you will find in pet stores. One stand in particular always has a line of people waiting to buy medicine, egg food, etc. They sell a lot so their seeds and packaged food (like Cede brand egg food) are always fresh.

Once you have gone to the feria and gotten a sense of what is available here, if you decide you want a canary I would recommend that you go to the Associación Roller Argentina in Belgrano. The address is 3 de Febrero 2088. Prices will be higher than at the feria, but the birds will be healthy. They have sexed the birds, and they mark the cages in which the birds are known singers. They have a few other varieties besides just rollers.

One more word of advice: this is really not a good time to get a bird,because the breeding season is winding down and it will soon be time for the annual moult (at least for canaries). If you do decide on a bird as a pet and then go out and buy two birds so the single bird isn't lonely, please cage them separately. Canaries are aggressive birds, and particularly so during breeding season, so two males would probably fight. A male and a female would likely breed, but that would be very taxing, especially for the female, because you would not have had time to condition her for the egg-laying and rearing. By the time the clutch had left the nest, it would be mid-summer and quite hot, and the annual moult would be underway, which is a very stressful time for birds. Your birds would be in a weakened condition.

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  • Phone Service / Cheap Long Distance
  • From: Alejandro Aru, September 02, 2006

I can give you (for some money in exchange) access to an unlimited local Buenos Aires number (4xxx-xxxx) that routes your call to the U.S. (or anywhere in the world as long as you know the country code). It's not VoIP so the quality of the call is excellent - and you are welcome to try it out before "purchasing" this from me. It's unlimited and has no expiration or whatsoever.

You place calls from any phone in Buenos Aires, a locutorio, your cell phone, wherever - no computer needed. Ok this sounds like a Scam already and I KNOW THAT but it's not.

If anyone interested, send me an email to alearu@gmail.com

I ask for U$ 300 in exchange for unlimited access to this system.

For those of you who care to know more about it, the number you are dialing in to access international calls belongs to my family's huge call center. / Alejandro

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  • Photo Printing Service
  • From: Michael Adam Jablecki, January 13, 2008

Easy ;)

www.subitusfotos.com.ar

Great site, we had good results in 3 days and we were able to pick them up and pay for them at a blockbuster near us.

Make sure you check your resolution and all that stuff, they have some tips on the site.  You can also order gift photo mugs and things of that nature from them.

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  • Photographer
  • From: blmurch, January 30, 2010

Congratulations on your coming marriage! I'm not sure if you have found someone yet to take your photos, but I'd love to put in a bid for the work.

You can see a civil ceremony I shot a couple of years ago for a friend here on flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/blmurch/sets/72157610350843753/

You can also see some of my work at http://www.paisleychick.org/photos

Cheers,
Beatrice Murch

    From: Katharine Pottinger, January 29, 2010

Re: I'm getting married in a couple of weeks and I'm looking for a recommended and affordable photographer.

Congratulations on your wedding.  Esteban Lobo - esteban@masterpix.com.ar  - is a great photographer we use through work and is very reasonably priced.  I hope he can help

    From: adriane schulz, January 30, 2010

Congratulations, Sharon!
You might also want to contact Pedro Bartholomai at: http://www.bfphoto.com.ar/sitio/index.php 
to compare prices.
Good luck!
Adriane

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  • Pilates
  • From: Katherine Bowes , December 14, 2007

I am starting at Pilates mat class! The class will be on Tuesdays at 11:00 and Thursdays at 18:00. It will be at the Acedemy of Recoleta, Ayacucho 1571 PB.

I have studied Pilates in the US with some of the first generation of teachers from Joseph Pilates. I have a good understanding not just of the Pilates exercises but of anatomy and of body movement. I am excited to share this in Buenos Aires.

The class is a great opportunity to learn Pilates outside of the big Pilates studios and gyms so prevalent here. You will receive a high level of teaching and more individual attention.

Pilates promotes proper breathing, develops a body that is strong and flexible, improves circulation, improves posture and balance, prevents and heals all kinds of problems caused by imbalances in the body. It is a great way to stay fit and healthy during your time in Buenos Aires.

The cost is 20 pesos per class, 15 if you are a member of the South American Explorers Club.

If you would like to give the class a try, e-mail me at katherine_bowes@hotmail.com  or telephone 15 3235 7984.

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  • Plaster Ceiling Repair
  • From: ngv, December 04, 2007

Re: I'm looking for someone to repair a ceiling - to replace it completely you can contact to Sergio 15-5609-5391 4301-7946

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  • Plumber
  • From: NGV, June 28, 2007

Re: Does anyone know a good plumber. i only need my washing machine and  dishwasher plumbing in.

Sergio 4301-7946  15-5609-5391

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  • Political Definitions – Right Wing / Left Wing / Peronists / Communists / Liberals / Conservatives
  • From: Peter J. Macay, July 6, 2007

This is where we're going to need the help of some of our Argie friends to step in to clarify things, or those of us who are politically well informed on Argentina politics.

To oversimplify, in the USA the left wing is the more liberal or radical idealisms that lean towards public welfare programs. The right wing are the conservatives / pro business at any cost.

However, I hope I'm not making a total fool of myself (too late I'm sure), but as I understand it the Argentines consider the ring wing as being the liberals / looking out for the public welfare, and the left wing as being the conservatives / anything for a buck group.

So, you can see my confusion. Maybe I should just stick to "Green Acres"

    From: Justin Martindale, July 7, 2007

The Argentines have come up with something called "Peronismo" which almost defies explanation in normal political terms of right and left wing. (The terms were developed during the French Revolution when the conservatives, monarchists, and the like sat on the right side of the Assembly and the Revolutionaries sat on the left.)

 There are right wing and left wing Peronistas.  Once an Argentine asked me the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans.  I replied that I would tell him, but first, would he explain to me Peronismo.  He replied "Me mataste."  I don't understand Peronismo but Kirchner claims to be Peronista and he is definately center-left.  Macri is not a Peronista and he is definately right wing.  Partido Obrero is leftist, re izquierdista. The communists and the socialists parties (plural because there are many different varieties) are all left wing.  The leaders of the dictatorship, Videla and company, were all right wing. Carlos Menem is whatever he thinks will serve him best but he now claims to be a Peronista but he is pretty pro business.  Maybe he is the right wing Peronista?

About the only thing the US Democrats and the foreign Leftists seem to have in common is the incredible disorganization.  They never seem to be able to unite for anything.

I hope that doesn't muddy the waters and explains something.  I just don't think that Peronismo works well with traditional political definitions.

    From: rshpuntoff / Richard, July 8, 2007

Hi Peter, let me help see if I can help with some of your confusion. 

First thing is that in the States on the left, liberalism leans towards public welfare programs but FARTHER on the left in the States you would have radicals who favor much deeper systemic changes and consider public welfare programs "bandages" that do not solve problems. These leftists would be considered socialists. 

On the right in the States you can also have a lot of variety ranging from people who are pro-business but believe in some controls on the market to more extreme free market types who believe government always gets in the way and that letting the market run things would be the best. Also, you can have an economic conservative like New York's Giulliani who is in favor of choice (i.e. legalized abortion) and gay rights, which are socially not conservative. So oversimplifying political groups in the U.S. is the first problem.

Second, Argentina has traditionally had much stronger laws that favor workers, which in the States is considered leftist / socialist, but here even someone centrist or slightly on the right would still assume certain labor laws that in the U.S. might be considered radical.

Third, liberalism which is considered "left of center" by many in the States is tied to neo-liberal policies which put controls on the market but assume that the market and capitalism tempered by democracy is a good thing. For many people all over South America, this neo-liberalism represents policies that are opposed to South American nations protecting their markets. So, the liberalism which is known in the States for affirmative action, women´s rights, gay rights, pro-choice, here is known for its underlying acceptance that the market is a good thing, and that makes liberals right of center for many South Americans. So it is not the social aspects of liberalism that make it considered on the right here, but rather its economic policies.

Most leftists here would probably be to the left of liberalism, and would be considered socialists in the U.S. who believe in more redistribution of wealth and greater government spending on education, health, social welfare, etc.

The right wing could be broadly said to have two parts here, similar to the States: one that is simply pro-business and believes in decreasing laws that control business (e.g. tariffs, labor laws) and antoher that is more moralistic and what we would call "socially conservative" (e.g. strict Catholics, the military) and many of these are in favor of what they call "increased security" (e.g. more jails, harder sentences, more police).

If you haven't already turned away from this and gone by to "Green Acres" (farm livin' is the life for me!), the following will also explain a few things. The major Argentine political parties in a nutshell:

Peronists - which are currently divided by Kirchner, Menem and to some extent Dualhde, with Kirchner having a BIG lead here ... any Argentine who wants to come up and explain Personism, please, be my guest! But in brief there are left, right and center Peronists and it is safe to assume that if a Peronist is President, like right now, the U.S. will label him a leftist if he (or she) doesn't do the U.S.'s bidding, and a good, responsible leader if her or she does.

Radical - which was last in power under De la Rua, is in many ways like U.S. liberalism (which means it is a bit more on the right for many people here) but more conservative fiscally.

Pro - is the new party of Macri (who just won the election for intendente of Buenos Aires) and Lopez Murphy ("bulldog") and they are very pro-market AND very Catholic. There powerbased is a mix of Menemism and conservative Catholics though they probably won the last election in part as a protest to the general public against Kirchner getting to powerful

Socialists - old style lefties who lost most of their powerbase, and I don't know a lot about the socialists here in terms of recent history.

Communists - who are, unh, you know, communists

Well, if you made it through this, I suggest you find a Peronist, take this person for a beer and ask them to explain Peronism to you. If you survive, please, let us know what you've learned.

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  • Pool Halls

Re: HI, can anyone recommend a place to play pool in Recoleta or Palermo?

    From: notebookfix, March 21, 2010

There's this very nice pool hall on Juramento 2121 but it's not in Palermo, it's not far only a few minutes down Cabildo & right into Juramento.

It's more authentic buenos aires, by that I mean, it's not known by the tourists,,, it's on the first floor.

It is called 'Wrangler Saloon, nice local patrons & nice interior.

I have no affiliation with this place but I was shown one night as we walked by, I thoroughly recommend it.

    From: Julio Cesar Losua, March 21, 2010

Hi Lynn:
TRy Deep Blue 1204 Ayacucho ST, Recoleta.
http://www.buenosaires.com.ar/deep_blue_1.html
Saludos,
Julio

deepbluedeepblue-pool

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  • Pool / Swimming
  • From: turismoenbaires, December 27, 2007

“Club de Amigos”

http://www.clubdeamigos.org.ar/general/instalaciones_ComoLlegar.asp

There's a nice swimming pool and it's a nice place if you like sports.

    From: twin_tri, December 27, 2007

Le Parc gym on San Martin between Galleria Pacifico and Sarmiento has an indoor pool. Not anywhere near olympic size however and of course there will be a fee. How much I don't know.

    From: Nicola Stewart, December 28, 2007

I did a google search after I sent my email to the listserve and found this website with information about pools in Buenos Aires.

http://www.clarin.com/suplementos/viajes/2006/01/29/v-02010.htm 

There seems to be a separate price for the entry and then for the pool/pileta.

    From: marc lafalce, December 28, 2007

Hello,   i can suggest
1.- Punta Carrasco  in  Palermo
2.- Club de  amigos  en Palermo
3.- Parque  Gral. Belgrano (KDT) PALERMO  PUBLUC SWIMMING POOL AND  CHEAP.

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  • Portuguese Classes
  • From: eliane daniel, May 5, 2007

Hi Julia! I´m a brasilian portuguese teacher , if you want to contact me, my number is 45517095 or my cel 1555031454 Thanks saludos Eliane

    From: piainbsas, May 5, 2007

I provide one-to-one Portuguese classes. Tailor-made schedules and  programs. I hope it helps.  Pia / piainbsas@yahoo.com 

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  • Products Sold on TV in Latin America
  • From: Peter J. Macay, February 3, 2010

If you ever saw one of those infomercials, this is where you can find the products.

http://www.productosentv.com/

productosentv2productosentv1productosentv3

http://www.tevecompras.com

tevecompras

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  • Property Management Companies
  • From: Eric, April 12, 2010

One of our clients is Arquitecta Moriello which offers property management services and is located in Palermo Soho on Honduras and Thames. You can see their website at www.arquitectamoriello.com .

arquitectamoriello

Nancy Landi is also one of our clients and has many apartments in Palermo also and her website is www.nancylandi.com

nancylandi

I try not to recommend one client over another but both are professional and have been around for a while so you might want to check them out.

You also might find it useful to compare your apartment to others in Palermo Soho which you can do from here http://www.moveglobally.com/vacation-rentals/argentina/capital-federal-buenos-aires?ln=49

moveglobally

Hope that helps.

    From: Juhi Manwani, April 4, 2010

i highly recommend nahual hilal. he's a member of banewcomers and comes highly recommended. contact him at info@nahuelhilal.com  . all the best.

    From: Ruben Franco, April 4, 2010

I am in charge of some properties in the Area de San Telmo. These properties belong to Americans and French
Contact me to have more info: ruben.franco@fibertel.com.ar 

    From: katharine jones, April 4, 2010

Re: Anyone have recommendations for a property manager or property management company that they have worked with and trust?

Yes, super trustworthy, reliable... contact Daniel Carpi at drcarpi@gmail.com at www.rentba.com 

    From: Katharine Pottinger, April 4, 2010

I can highly recommend Kristoffer Picha - kristoffer@argentina-host.com  or Martin Aguilera martinaguilera@fibertel.com.ar .  They are both excellent and reliable.

    From: Peter J. Macay, March 21, 2010

I have a friend who helps people buy property in Buenos Aires, then renovates the property and manages it if they need someone to pay the expenses, cleaning, etc.

www.buyinba.net
info@buyinba.net

buyinba1

    From: h_mannering, December 12, 2009

I think you might get lower rents on Craigslist, but are at more risk of getting scammed than if you use an agency.

I like Prompt Properties: http://promptproperties.com/

promptproperties1promptproperties2

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  • Property Title inquiry / Real Estate Registry 
  • From: chaknutz, April 29, 2007

Check out real estate registry page http://www.dnrpi.jus.gov.ar/ .  Specifically "¿Qué son los Informes Nº 1 e Informes Nº 4 y cómo pedirlos?" in FAQ section.

Any escribano can request them for you as well for extra fee.

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  • Psychologist
  • From: Kent, April 5, 2010

I know an excellent therapist. She is Argentine but speaks excellent English.  Not only does she see patients, but she taught at the University for many years.  She also supervises the work of other therapists that bring their own cases for insight and discussion.

Her name is Sara Rubin  and she is located in Barrio Norte.  Her office phone is 4823.1997.    She may be with patients but you can leave a message.  

    From: Michelle Alison, April 5, 2010

This lady advertises on this forum - http://www.susana-olaneta.com.ar/  - her website is in English and Spanish.

    From: Lucy Cowin, May 14, 2009

I highly recommend the psychologist I'm seeing, Delfina. She's remarkably focused and sharp, in the year and a half I've been doing therapy with her she's helped me through many difficult moments. I interviewed several psychologist before finding her, and it wasn't easy finding someone that both I liked AND spoke great english. Her cell is 1550572168.

    From: susua99, May 1, 2007

Hi: I´m Susana, a local Psychologist trained in London. I offer  therapeutic-counselling sessions to help in the adjustment to the new environment.

Emotional distress, mood fluctuations, insomnia, fatigue, depression, irritability, fears, anxiety, headaches, are common symptoms when you are going through culture shock. It´s necessary to acquire new skills to approach daily living problems and restore your emotional well being. 

In case you need a helping hand, don´t hesitate to drop me a line. You can write to: susolanet@hotmail.com  for absolute privacy and confidentiality

For further info: www.susana-olaneta.com.ar  
Lic.Susana Olañeta MN 4887 – MP 5445

    From: mainericm, May 20, 2007

Australian trained therapist available in Palermo Viejo Specializes in issues related to Loss & Grief, major life events around relationships, international transfers or other new  endeavours. 

Life Coaching also available to set personal goals. 
Assessment session and trial life coaching available without charges  to members.

Eric Macdonald Main
DPA; B.SC. (S.W.); M.M. 
Telephone 483 226 76 
or 1565 850 563 

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  • Public Transportation Free Phone App - Moovit
  • From: Deby Novitz October 23, 2018

I have lived here going on 15 years, and although my driver's license is from Argentina, I would never and have never driven in the city.  You would have to be crazy to rent a car and try to drive here.  Traffic lights and signs are only suggestions here. 

You can take taxis, private car services (remis) use apps like Uber, Cabify, and Easy Taxi.  Public transportation is excellent.  You just need to buy a SUBE card and charge it up.  You can go anywhere in this city by public transportation.  It is a good way to see the city.  For public transportation you can download an app called Moovit. It will pick up where you are, tell it where you want to go, and it will recommend which buses or subte to take and the route.

moovit-publictransportation-app

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  • Punta del Este, Uruguay, a fashionable beachside resort a few hours from Buenos Aires
  • From: turismoenbaires, November 15, 2007

puntadeleste

You shouldn't miss José Ignacio, not far from Punta del Este.  Also you should watch the sunset at Punta ballena.and in Punta del Este downtown go to La pasiva and eat their famous "chivito". 

chivito  Here's a link http://www.univision.com/content/content.jhtml?cid=481666

Hope it's opened.

http://www.puntadelesterent.com.ar/gastronomia/gastronomia_punta_del_este.php

Punta del Este is a wonderful place where you can find everything to have a great time.

And if you rent a car, you may also visit La Paloma, La Pedrera and Fortaleza de Santa Teresa, remarkable beaches.

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