Originally Posted by Blythe
I've spent 3 months in Buenos Aires so far, and I can't wait to go back to the USA. I find it funny that you're trying to escape the "all about me"attitude by coming to BA, and I'm trying to escape it by returning home (San Diego/Salt Lake City). Maybe the problem is the big city, not the country. I miss community service and charities and things like that in the states, here everyone (in the nice parts of the capital that an expat like yourself would spend all of your time in) just cares about shoes, lingerie, dulce de leche, and plastic surgery. It reminds me a little too much of Southern California actually. In Salt Lake where I go to school, I feel like the "all about me" attitude is greatly diminished. And really, in the United States in general the government and NGOs alike work to solve social justice issues. Here, millions of people like in "villas miserias"or shantytowns, and no one really seems to care as long as it doesn't get in the way of their lip plumping surgery. PLUS, the internet and all utilities pretty much suck here, even in the nice parts of town, so forget about your idea of toting around your laptop to a cafe for the afternoon. Also, a lot of websites that work in the United States don't work here. AND, this is not the place to surf. It's on the Rio de la Plata, not the Atlantic Ocean. I think your problem would be better solved by moving to a smaller locale, not leaving the country. As someone who loves outdoor recreation as well, I feel very trapped in this city, and I can't wait to get home where I can ride my bike. Not to mention, it is humid and buggy here all year round. When it rains, there is nothing to do but get eaten by mosquitoes and not catch a taxi. Just some food for thought. It's been fun to visit here (mostly everywhere else in the country that I've gone), but I would definitely not leave my beloved homeland for this place.