Yes, you have read right, it seems the never-ending story finally terminated. After not having heard anything from the university’s exchange coordinator for international relations during nearly two months, I was slightly running out of time as my tourist visa only allowed me to stay 90 days. So I went again to the international relations office to personally see the exchange coordinators and explained them I would become illegal in the next couple of days. Magically they were just about to finish the missing documents needed and then told me I should go to Mar del Plata the next day, city where the “oficina de migraciones” would finalize my visa application. I wasn’t quite prepared to that, but being spontaneous is kind of essential when living in Argentina, so the next morning I took the “colectivo” to Mar del Plata, which costs 50 Argentine pesos (I eventually received my student’s certificate and now get 20% reduction on nearly every price concerning travels through Argentina) and takes two and a half hours for the trip (this time can be used, for instance, to catch up on sleep, since the omnibuses are extremely comfortable – by the way, Latin America’s bus system is really a plus compared to Europe, much more flexible and offering a very dense network).
In Mar del Plata we (I went together with a Brazilian guy) took a “remis” to the migration’s office and stayed there for about 5 hours, of course all the time mostly waiting for nothing to happen. But at the end everything seemed to be ok and after having paid the 600 pesos I received my student’s visa, allowing me to stay 90 days more here in this amazing country Continue reading