Friday, August 27, 2010
visa renewal weekend!
i feel like this is some sort of rite of passage in the expat community ... we have been here long enough that we now have to leave and come back. don't fret dear blog readers, here's how it works ...
the argentine government requires that all people here on a tourist visa (almost all expats) need to leave the country after 90 days. however, there are no rules about how long you need to be gone for OR how many times you can return. in fact, we paid a pretty penny for our tourist visa which allows us in and out of the country for 90-day periods for the next 10 years.
while we would love to spend a few days in brazil or chile, we don't quite have the money saved up for airfare, so we are going a cheaper route ... we will be staying one night in the riverside town of tigre (only an hour train ride from buenos aires - trains cost less than a dollar!), and then tomorrow we will take a 2-hour scenic boat ride to carmelo uruguay. we will have lunch in carmelo, walk around and see the one or two sights, and then come right back to argentina, freshly stamped passports in hand.
i don't want to speak too soon ... but i think that this time, (fingers crossed!) a certain bolshevik will NOT be held captive by the border patrol.