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An Ex-Pat Talks About Living in Argentina and Studying Sommellerie


By Michael Luongo
Argentina Travel Expert, about.com
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I have known Sorrel Moseley-Williams for several years.  For years, we had many phone and email conversations, and finally got to meet when we were both covering Buenos Aires Fashion Week, such is the glamorous life of expat journalists living in Argentina.

Sorrel, a British native, has her own fabulous expat interview collection here on her personal website, many of which were also done during her days as a reporter for the Buenos Aires Herald, a paper you should definitely pick up in Buenos Aires. For whatever reason, I am not on her site, as it dates back several years, but trust me it was fun!

[post_ads]Now I am doing the same for Sorrel, but mostly I want to focus on her recent studies as she has used her time living in Argentina to pursue a Sommelier degree at the Centro Argentino de Vinos y Espirituosas in Buenos Aires, one of the most prestigious schools to do so in Argentina. Is this something that you might want to in Argentina?  You would have to move to Buenos Aires to pursue this, but trust me, that’s not a bad thing. Plenty of tourists become expats once they see the charm of Argentina.  And after all, it’s about wine too!


About.com Argentina Travel: Where are you from originally?

Sorrel Moseley-Williams I’m from the south of England, and lived in London for 12 years.
What made you move to Buenos Aires, and when did that occur?

I lived in Argentina during the 1998-99 academic year as part of my study abroad program, and I volunteered for an international children’s charity whose Argentine projects were based in Misiones province and Mar del Plata, which is where I lived. I made the move permanent in June 2006.


What is your favorite experience living in Buenos Aires?[post_ads_2]

The lifestyle it offers. One has to be flexible living in a country that can often seem complex or baffling to outsiders, but the advantage is that that flexibility transfers into daily living. That might be a spontaneous supper, a trip to the Delta, or studying for a second degree. Going with the flow is a preferable way to live!


When friends come to visit, what are some of your favorite places to show them in Buenos Aires?  Outside of Buenos Aires and other parts of Argentina?

Buenos Aires is a city for wandering and it’s very easy to while away a day, browsing, having a coffee, popping into a gallery, having a spot of lunch, doing a little shopping, people watching, then it’s suddenly time for dinner! Palermo Soho, Palermo Chico, Recoleta and San Telmo are great neighborhoods to wander. Barracas is a little edgier but its moniker as the Buenos Aires’ new design district means there are plenty of rich arty pickings.

Wine lovers will adore Mendoza and its sub-region Uco Valley. Vineyards are tucked into the foot of the Andes, the panorama is breath-taking and the wine is incredible. This story I wrote for The Guardian should convince you to visit! I took my mum to Mendoza in February to share a little of what I know with her – and she loved it.

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