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News On Argentina’s “Reciprocity Tax”

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I have just been informed that the fees charged to Americans, Canadians and Australians as of January 2010 are going to be a one-time payment that is good for 10 years. So, for those that are visiting, or planning to visit Argentina frequently over the next 10 years, the fee will cover you for multiple […]

Five Bizarre Behaviors In Buenos Aires

Thursday, December 24, 2009

If you’re thinking of hopping a flight to Buenos Aires in order to escape the snow or cold, I have some things to point out. I am not writing this to critique Argentine culture, but as a heads-up to travelers. Even though I read a lot about Buenos Aires before living here, it seems that […]

Puebla: Experiencing The City Of Angels

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to experience Mexico outside the all-inclusive resorts, away from sprawling Mexico City? Francine Prose did. She checked out Puebla, a two-and-a-half-hour drive southeast of Mexico´s capital. Founded in 1531 by the Spanish, the city has a rich history deeply rooted in religion. Some even believe that the location of the city […]

How Much Is It Going To Cost To Step Foot In Argentina?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rumor has it that Argentina has finally decided to make the travel game a little more fair. Recently, the Ministry of the Interior has released a notice that the Reciprocity Tax will take effect on January 1st, 2010. It´s a fee that American, Australian and Canadian passport-holders will have to pay upon entering Argentina. Apparently, if […]

A Bookstore Behind The Beaten Path

Saturday, December 19, 2009

I believe that no matter where you go you need to know where to find a decent bookstore. Latin America boasts its big bookstore chain, El Ateneo, but the stores are usually too big, stifling and not rich in hidden gems. Just recently I stumbled upon Walrus Books in the barrio that I live in, San Telmo, […]

Taiwan´s Space Oddity

Thursday, December 17, 2009

It has been a couple of years since I went gallivanting around the northern regions of Taiwan. However, just recently, I found out about this rare, bizarre, eerie housing complex just outside of Taipei. I am kicking myself that I didn´t find out about it sooner so that I could see it for myself. It […]

A White Christmas

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

As a Canadian, I am always so proud and inspired when I hear or read about people actually enjoying the tortuous winter conditions the country has to offer. I think it´s great that they can look at Canada´s climate with optimism, even if I can´t. So, if three feet of snow, -30ºC and nature towering […]

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