Friday, January 30, 2009

Argentina and Spending Hiatus

We have decided that we are going to take a trip to Argentina in the middle of February! I'm actually really excited about this for several reasons. Because it's on the other side of the equator, it's summer there! I've heard lots of great things about Buenos Aires and how it is like a South American version of Paris. And last but not least, I will get to see one of my bestie former coworkers who moved there this year to be with her Argentinian boyfriend (cutest love story ever)!

Another plus is that it's not going to be as expensive as I feared, since flight costs are signficantly cheaper than what they once were. Factoring in our credit card rewards redemption, we're paying about $450 each for the flight, and once we're there, everything is much cheaper than up here in the states.

To compensate for this trip, we're going to try to go on a spending hiatus back in the states for Feb and March - We are going to cut eating out from once or twice a week to once or twice a month. Same goes for bars, plays, concerts, and movies. And we won't buy any new clothes, gadgets, stuff, etc. As for cutting costs on the vacation, unfortunately this loft is already taken, but I'm hopeful we can still find a place to stay with a kitchen so we won't have to eat out every meal while we're there. At least I hope so, so I don't feel so crazy for agreeing to this spontaneous vacation on such short notice!

So if anyone has any recommendations of things to do in Argentina, I'm all ears!


  1. I was just in Argentina in Nov., for a friend's wedding with my then not-yet-fiance. We LOVED it and are already scheming how to do a short-term house exchange there!
    The Palermo Viejo neighborhood of BA was full of cute & trendy boutiques, great restaurants, interesting street scenes. We stayed at Chez Lulu Trendy Hotel - a cute cozy (eg., small!) guesthouse that wasn't too expensive. Oh, and Guido's Restaurant, a hole in the wall, was amazing!
    We loved Mendoza too - wine, mountains, great food, laid back vibe (plus my friend and her wedding).

  2. Jealous much!!!

    Have never been to Argentina, so have zero tips, but oh my goodness how I would love to go. Post many pics on return!

  3. thankyou so much for letting me find your magical blog! i LOVE your life!

    i will post the lentil pie soon xxxx

  4. kerri - so glad you're enjoying my blog!

    agirl - oh there will be a detailed rundown and photos for sure

    onebarefootbride - thanks for the tips. Mendoza sounds nice, i'm going to look into that

  5. Ahhh, I'm so jealous! Unfortunately, the fiance and I have had to postpone our honeymoon in order to help my parents pay for the wedding. It's definitely worth it, but you will definitely have to update us on Argentina. Maybe we can take a little trip there for our 1 year? Have fun!

  6. thanks amanda, i'm looking forward to it! sorry you have to delay your honeymoon, but now you'll have plenty of time to plan it so you can make it extra special, wherever you end up going.

  7. While I wouldn't visit for the current season (it's 85 here in too sunny LA today), I want very much to stay in that gorgeous loft!
    Can't wait to here about the trip!

  8. How awesome! I've never been but I can't wait to see what you guys end up doing and how much you love it! have a blast! also, you've been tagged!

  9. October12 - 85 degrees and sunny? lucky you! i ended up finding another cute loft on craigslist, fingers crossed it is as great in reality as it seems online

    coley - thanks so much for tagging me! yay!