Friday, February 16, 2007

Moving to South America

Posting from the Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta -- just landed from Los Angeles and heading to Rio De Jineiro for Carnivale.


I'm moving to South America.

After I finish in Rio I'll be flying over to Buenos Aires in Argentina and setting up shop.

Why am I doing this?

I'm interested in experiencing a different culture, and I'm also interested to learn more about how the world works outside the glorious golden bubble of Canada / America / Australia / Europe.

More than anything I've become increasingly curious about what's happening to the world and to find out if the perceptions created in the media are true.

My buddy Alec turned me onto Buenos Aires in particular, as he was initially interested because of the previous economic collapse that pushed their currency to a fixed match of 1/3 to the US dollar, which supposedly gets you about triple value for your money.

I'm sure there are all sorts of issues with "gringo pricing" and that it may not turn out to be as tight as we expect, but we'll see.

He also sent me a cool blog link, which if you're interested you might want to check out -->

Supposedly it's a very European city, although that's not my purpose for going there and I'll believe it when I see it.

If it works out I'll let you guys know and it might be something you're interested in checking out.

Obviously I'm somewhat sketched out at the idea of moving to South America.

Growing up in Canada, it's continually pounded into your head "Yeah you might live in a neverending snowbank... But you live in the country with the strongest social safety net in the world... You'd better be happy you don't live in the rest of the world because it's a shithole where people constantly starve to death and spontaneously explode from random super viruses."

But I've decided to follow through on this, so hopefully everything turns out cool and I have lots of vids and articles to throw up on here as well.



Anonymous said...

hi tyler - can you email me? I am in Sao Paulo and would like to get in touch with ya - at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Hartsfield, eh? Must've flown Delta.

Have fun in Rio!

-Buzz, Manchester,NH

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I hope it all goes great for you, man. I'm sure it'll be the experience of a lifetime.

Unknown said...

Well, I live in Buenos Aires. And as you've been told, we have a mostly european heritage. You'll find out that customs are slightly different, enough to be interesting. Like parties, and nights non-stop from 10 pm until 6 am, hehe.

Expect that "gringo prices" for renting an appartment as foreigner, everything else should be normal, except perhaps a few "top" restaurants and some touristic places.

If you want to know even more cultural differences, you can always visit all the provinces, where you can also enjoy a whole spectrum of landscapes and climates. Imagine Canada's width but in vertical, heat at the top, cold at the bottom.

Anyway, you'll find out that there is a whole lot to do and see here.

Enjoy your stay and welcome!

Revolver Ocelot said...

Damn dude. I really wanna reach your level and just do the things you do.
You're seriously one of my modern heroes. I just can't wait to reach your level of pick up and lifestyle.

Have a great time!

Pickup Podcast said...

Bro you're gonna love it. When I met you a while back we talked about traveling and how you wanted to do more of it. You're going to be in your element within a few weeks. The last thing you'll want to do is come back to the neverending snowbanks of Canada. !Disfrutalo!


Anonymous said...

your a good man, on.

best wishes,

Anonymous said...

Let me give you a tip, if you´re going somewhere , at least learn correctly the name , it´s Rio de Janeiro

CB said...

One of ex-girlfriends backpacked around South America, she loved Argentina so much that she went back a second time for three months to study the language more.
Here's an opener for you: Hola Bonita. Pbello tudo!

Moro said...

Good to know you're coming man.

Keep in mind that party goes all the way from 10pm 'til 6 am here, even further sometimes.

Get ready for some kick ass chicks as well. You'll see what I'm talking about as soon as you get off the plane.


Anonymous said...

Hey Tyler, great to see you are comming to BA, I'm sure you'll love it.
I'm running the BA Lair, and everyone is really happy with you giving a free shop.
Lots of people, are having problems reserving a space because, after the economic collapse you mentioned in your post, our credits cards lost international status, or even some people cancelled their credit cards.
Here in Argentina is really common to use cash.

Please, drop me a line.

Sebastian, APX

Unknown said...

Good luck man.

$Matteo said...

Buenos Aires is the shit,
This article made me salivate a couple of weeks ago.. I think it completely trumps Waikiki on all levels.


dissolve said...

Is this sort of like Elvis Preston King's Dominican Republiuc 3rd world PU gambit? ;)

Nah I hear interesting things about BA. I would consider spending a few months there this time next year if I still have the free time then. I don't know that I'd move there; the biggest issue for me it would seem to me would be a total lack of knowledge of Spanish. Looking forward to your thoughts/impressions of the place if you end up staying or not. Peace.

Anonymous said...

Hey Tyler,

You will have a huge quality of life in Buenos Aires.
Some of my friends from Ireland have been there, it is VERY European in character and is a modern, sophisticated, elegant city.
One of them, a girl called Clare is intent on carving out a life for herself there soon.

The economy did collapse due to the policies of the IMF and the World Bank.

The famous Canadian writer and activist, Naomi Klein has followed Argentina and the economy collapsing very closely.

Watch a documentary she did on Argentina, Buenos Aires and the Economy collapsing called "The Take".
It should be requisite viewing if you are going to be living in Argentina.

Read a recent time-line of Argentina here:

Argentina is a beautiful country that produces *the* best steak in the world!!

Argentinian wines are world famous along with their beautiful women -go to Google Images and check out a girl called Keyra Agustina :-)

CB said...

There are many Spanish Language schools in BA. I've met plenty of travelers that could hold a conversation in Spansish after a couple of months.

Anonymous said...

Neil Strauss says your a loser!!!!

Anonymous said...

One tip from a South American: get a few locals as friends. People from Latin America are usually very friendly and, if you go along, they can become good friends pretty soon.

In this crazy part of the world, having good friends does matter. Don't ask why, just do and you'll thank me latter ;)

KingAdam said...

"hi tyler - can you email me? I am in Sao Paulo and would like to get in touch with ya - at gmail dot com"

I'm guessing you have a big problem with taking value versus offering value. Offer to show the guy some clubs bud.

Sean Messenger said...

Hey man,

You are getting an opportunity that few of us do, and the fact that you've earned it will make it even more fulfilling and rewarding.

Vaya con dios. Maybe we'll finally meet on the road ahead.


Sean said...

I have many friends in the film business that go down to Buenos Aires and live there in the winter months, they say the culture is awesome. I hope to see you their next year! Jay.Vegas