- Natascha Geographer, Buenos Aires city guide (36)
- Javier Software Engineer (35)
- Layla (2)
Hello from Buenos Aires!
We are a young Argentine-Dutch couple. Javier was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Natascha in The Netherlands. For the last ten years we have lived mostly in Buenos Aires, but we also spent a couple of years living in Amsterdam. Now we have a child we would like to spend some months each year in Amsterdam to be closer to the Dutch part of the family. Javier is a Systems Engineer and has recently co-founded an internet company. He currently works at home. Natascha is a Geographer and runs her own business that organizes private tailor made city tours through Buenos Aires and surroundings (http://ontdekbuenosaires.com/). So she can provide you with loads of tips for your stay! We are both enthusiastic tango dancers, so if you dance yourself or you are planning to learn tango, we can tell you everything about the best milongas (tango salons) and teachers.
We are both non smokers and don’t have pets.
December 1 — January 31, 2016 These dates are flexible
Simultaneous exchange possible during Dutch summer time.
We love dancing tango and we try to go dancing in every place we visit.
Natascha, Javier and their little daughter Layla stayed for three weeks in our home in December 2013. Since we already had a place to stay in Buenos Aires this wasn't a simultaneous exchange but I would like to say that the housesitters couldn't have been any better; they really enjoyed staying in our home and took very good care of our home and mister Nilsson which is very important to us. Natascha gave us excellent tips for our stay in Buenos Aires and arranged a biketrip with a guide through the city which made us a lot wiser about the history of the city. They gave us a lot of updates during our holidays which gave us a safe feeling. If our dates would correspond we wouldn't hesitate to let them housesit our home again.
i had a fantastic time in buenos aires, thanks to my gracious hosts. javier and i met and talked in brooklyn, and then his remaining family met me at the airport, gave me the keys, and even gave me a ride to their apartment! i truly felt like a family guest at that point. the space is airy and light, i really loved the tall ceilings and the way the sun peeks in the windows throughout the day. the place is quiet, and the neighborhood is residential. it felt very cozy, very laid-back. i got to meet the neighbors, got my fruits & vegetables a couple of blocks away from a small stall, got more substantial supplies a little further from a super market. i would catch the bus in the mornings to go exploring, or a taxi to palermo. i used the apartment as my base for exploring the city and the rest of the country, so it was really conveniently close to the airport. the guys left me a lot of directions, the books and the maps to help me get around. a lot of my questions were also answered upfront. as a side note, i was really pleased to notice the books my the same authors on their bookshelves as i had back home in brooklyn (with the exception of the spanish language, of course). that immediately set up a certain kinship between our homes. i had everything i needed at the house, and the place was tidy and neat. i really do miss my time there. as for the way the left my apartment in brooklyn - it was spotless, and i had absolutely no complaints; i really hope they liked my neighborhood, and i was glad i could host them.
My girlfriend, little daughter and I stayed in the lovely apt from Anton in Brooklyn last October. Anton is a great host, he was 100% available all the time, provided us with lots of tips and books and made us feel at home from the first moment. The apt is very comfortable, has everything needed to just land and live in it, and also has an amazing view on Manhattan. You can see the Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge and Empire State right from the living room window. The neighborhood is top. Fort Green is full of nice cafes and restaurants, lots of young couples with little babies, so perfect for us. It's has the perfect mixture between young and quiet. The Fort Green Park is just around the corner, no more than 200 mts from the apt, and not much further away there's the Prospect Park, great to go running and/or to spend an afternoon if you have little kids. Bars, coffee shops, restaurants and a great bio supermarket are just around the corner. Connection wise it's great, line C just on the corner and the important hub of Barkleys Atlantic Av just 3 blocks away. It was great meeting with Anton when we were back in Buenos Aires and exchanging experiences about these two great cities. Hope he comes again soon!