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Buenos Aires or Santiago

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by samblackbones, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. samblackbones

    samblackbones Senior member

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    I am double majoring in English/Spanish and have an opportunity to spend a semester abroad in either Buenos Aires or Santiago. From the SF perspective it seems like BA has more to offer than Santiago, but does anyone have any experience/advice with either? The caliber of school in Santiago is also a bit higher than the school in BA.
    Shopping?
    Dining?
    Snowboarding/Skiing?
     
  2. musicguy

    musicguy Senior member

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    I would totally go to Buenos Aires. BA definitely has more to offer. From a Spanish speaking perspective, I would also recommend going to Argentina. Chileans use a TON of slang, it really is insane how much slang they use. The Argentinian accent is a bit different from what you may be used to (Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and Cubans in the US), but I'm pretty sure they use less slang than Chileans.

    If you want Skiing, go to Santiago. There are mountains everywhere.

    Shopping and Dining... Definitely Buenos Aires.

    I live in Santiago. If you have any more questions, shoot me a PM.
     
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  3. FLMountainMan

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    The emphasis that the modern male places on the quality of "shopping" is :facepalm: The Eloi are arising.

    I'd go Santiago and it's not even close.
     
  4. Joe Camel

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    Buenos Aires without a doubt.

    In fact, Argentina > Chile in pretty much every way.
     
  5. musicguy

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    You don't know how shopping is in Santiago... It's shit. Well, unless you have money to spend on full retail + 19% tax on Zegna or Hermes. I haven't tired bespoke, but am planning to this year. Bespoke is quite cheap here though, as it is in AR.

    Hrmm, if you know BA, perhaps you're right. I've never been and the people who've told me BA is great for clothing wouldn't be considered SF style icons. Still, I have a feeling it's better.

    Food must be better as food sucks in Santiago.
     
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  6. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    NEver been to either but from what I've hear BA by a country mile.
     
  7. akatsuki

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    I'd go to Santiago personally - just more fun to be in a city that is rapidly developing and has an amazing young vibe than the pseudo-Euroness of BA. Who the hell cares about quality of shopping as a metric for picking some place to live for just a short period? What are you going to buy in BA that is so special? Etiqueta Negra or that gaudy La Martina crap?

    I mean, if you plan on hanging out and eating steak and drinking Malbec and that is your idea of spending a semester abroad - then I suppose BA might be better. But I definitely thought the people were more fun in Santiago.
     
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  8. GQgeek

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    BA has a 21% VAT, no?

    Santiago is big and sprawling and apparently quite poor air quality. It's cheaper than BA though.

    Frankly, you need to think about what kind of person you are, your resources, and then look at the advantages of each.
     
  9. musicguy

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    Don't know where you got the idea that Santiago is cheaper... Santiago is more expensive than BA or so all the locals tell me here. It's not NYC by any means, but it's not cheap. I average around 10 bucks for lunch out. Rent is cheap, in my eyes, but electricity is really high. Air sucks in winter, I mean it's really terrible, but it's fine the rest of the year.

    Anyway, op told me he's going to Santiago, so that's that.
     
  10. samblackbones

    samblackbones Senior member

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    My Hand's been forced and Santiago it will be. I will be able to take regular curriculum classes (as opposed to a watered down spanish track in BA).
    While in South America I am going to run the Buenos Aires Marathon, so hopefully that will afford me the chance to see Argentina!
    Thanks for the advice all.
     
  11. GQgeek

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    was basing it on rent because when i was looking santiago looked cheaper to me.
     
  12. El Argentino

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    A shame. I'd say Buenos Aires by a mile, and then down to Bariloche for winter sports. Food, culture, nightlife, architecture, sports - everything is better to the east of the cordillera.
     
  13. GQgeek

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    going in a month!! A week and a bit in BA, a week in patagonia, and a couple nights in iguazu. :slayer:
     
  14. globetrotter

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    they both have their advantages.
     
  15. GrandFrank

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    You are astonishing ignorant Cam. I can also say that LA women are all fat and rounded as truck wheels and ugly as a slam in your face, but I have enough criteria and experience (broader than yours as I can see) to know that women in any place in the world are as beautiful or as ugly as everywhere.

    To begin with, Santiago is not a 7 million people city. The whole Metropolitan area is 7 million. Is like saying that LA is a 13 million people city (FYI, as you surely don't know, that is the metropolitan LA area according to the 2010 census). It would be advisable for you doing a litle Wikipedia work before posting nonsense (in case you are interested and your IQ allows for it, here is a link for more info on Santiago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santiago_de_Chile ). I strongly suggest you to read it before further stupid postings about my country.

    BTW, what did you studied in Santiago? And where? Something you were not able to do in your country because your intellect didn't allow for it?

    Surely Santiago is not like New York or other large cities in the US, but is large enough for us finding adequate cloting (not necessarily in indie boutiques)

    And thank you for considering us smart people. Surely my life will be better now that I know thast Cam considers us smart ....[​IMG]

    I am going to finish stating that these kind of posts should not be allowed in forums like this one. It is suppossed that they are for serious and average knowledgeable people. And as you can see, we can also speak english down here....

    So do us all a favor: stop posting nonsense and insulting a whole country with your comments...

     
  16. El Argentino

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    Someones' feeling a little amargo - create an account just to reply to an opinion post...
     
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    Definitely BsAs. I've spent a little time in both traveling and as a city Buenos Aires has a lot more to offer. Santiago is a little closer to the outdoors, but you can get there from either. Mendoza is a LONG bus ride from BsAs but doable. You'd be flying to Patagonia from either most likely.

    I could see Santiago if you are big in to skiing and going in the winter. Otherwise no question.
     
  18. ballmouse

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    I went to Buenos Aires and found:

    1) it's not as cheap as I thought it would be (I live in NYC and BA is not much cheaper at all. I'm sure board is cheaper though).
    2) the city is very big and public transportation isn't very good.
    3) the coffee is terrible. It's very burnt and watery.

    At least the weather was nice.
     
  19. imageWIS

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    Silly tourist, you did it all wrong.
     
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