Study abroad confessions: SAFETY

Just like in any foreign city, tourists, particularly vulnerable American students, need to look out for themselves. Here are specific tips to stay safe in Buenos Aires.


Transportation

Try to always call for a "remis" or "Radio taxi", especially if you are alone. Don’t EVER just get into a taxi cab as a solo female unless you are absolutely fluent and sober. When you call for a taxi, the company assigns a taxi to get you, so the driver is documented and held accountable for his actions.

Check out this article for more taxi information: http://landingpadba.com/taxi-scams/


Around town and in your 'hood

Avoid speaking loudly in English while in public

Try not to carry your laptop around or flash expensive electronics

Stay aware of who is around you and walk confidently

Don't walk on isolated streets late or night or early in the morning, even with a few friends

*Always firmly close the door to your apartment building/house after entering, don't leave the door open even if it will eventually shut itself*


Boys and Men

Argentine guys are more forward and aggressive than American guys, so be prepared. Don’t take any drinks from guys, no matter who they are, unless you watched the drink get poured. To get rid of an annoying creep just remember these few phrases:


"No me toques" - Don't touch me

"Que chamuyero que sos!" - Sarcastic, what a smooth talker! You are calling them out and they will leave.

"Ahora viene mi novio/papa/guarda espaldas" - Here comes my boyfriend/Dad/ body guard


Safety in Numbers

Always make sure you and your friends are looking out for each other and keep track of where everyone is. If you go out in a large group, it is likely that you will split up, but always make sure to have someone you know in sight, and discuss beforehand how you will be going home.


True Emergencies

If you ever have an emergency, CALL THE US EMBASSY! You should memorize their number, and put it in your phone (54-11-5777-4354 from 8am to 5pm, all other hours’ call 54-11-5777-4873). That means that if you are in any situation which might involve the police, danger, or whatever, call the embassy! They are EXTREMELY helpful and have consuls specifically designated to help U.S. citizens abroad.


Trustworthy taxi companies:

Taxi Confianza : 4864 6184

Taxi Barzola: 4636 1306

Pidalo Taxi: 4956-1200

Central Remis: 4964-2000

1 comments:

movers Nebraska said...
March 14, 2013 at 4:59 AM

These are indeed very helpful tips for those who intend to study abroad. Your boxes and other items need to be also labeled properly in order to avoid losing them during your move. Be mindful of these tips for they can really help. Thanks for sharing!

Post a Comment