About Me

Miles&Veronica

I’m Miles Lewis. I didn’t come to Buenos Aires with plans to enter the hospitality industry. I’m not sure I even planned to stay permanently. What I told myself was that with the “adventure” end of the venture capital industry likely to remain a risk too far for the next couple of years, it was time to take a long break, buy a bunch of horses to train and see if my polo might actually improve if I played every day (not much). I was also looking forward to the opportunity to do some of the things that had slipped me by in the last decade, like writing a novel and picking up the guitar again.

I already knew Baires pretty well, having spent a month or two a year here for the previous 15 years. I was no doubt it was the perfect place for a holiday, an economical place for me to perfect my bad Spanish and an easy place to make new and varied friends. I also knew it was a hard place to find work and prior reviews of ex-pat websites signalled all kinds of problems and inconveniences that would be encountered during a longer stay. What I didn’t know is that after two years here I would be so much happier with my lifestyle and so enamoured with the city, that the thought of going “home” was beyond contemplation. So now, I had to work out how to make a living.

I set off down a conventional route, joining a small investment banking house while trying to get some underwriters lined up for an insurance project but the political environment was getting more protectionist and investors were scared to commit. And to be honest my heart wasn’t really in it. Somewhere in the back of my mind was the image of this great property that a girlfriend had introduced me to, plus the desire to follow my enduring passions, eating and cooking. A year latter I was reconciled to a change of life. I bought the 5th Floor and signed up for Chef School.

 

14 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Miles

    Thank you for your reply to my post in the baexpats forum. I met an excellent architect. Super professional but his quote was a lot of money. Given that I have zero experience in construction in Argentina, his quote may have been realistic but I have no way of knowing. Hence, I decided to investigate some alternatives. Yes, I would appreciate receiving your architect’s name and I should visit your hotel in my next stay. I could not find its address.

    • Hi Ricardo,
      My experience is that construction and remodelling is substantially cheaper than the UK, though I can’t say how it compares to the US. However, the impossibility of certain imports limits your choice and to some extent the quality, for instance in the availability of tiles. However Argentina does produce good quality taps, showers, etc. and the workman seem pretty good and in my experience seem able to stick to budget. It certainly helps if you can bring in cash and convert at the blue! Will send you a mail with an introduction to my guys. Do you speak Spanish?

  2. Miles

    Thank you for your reply. Yes, I do speak Spanish. I was raised in Argentina and I am married to a wonderful woman from Bolivia. We have lived in the States for 40 years but return annually to BA for two weeks and then off to Bolivia for another two weeks.

    I was quoted roughly $50,000 dollars at the blue rate for converting the three bathrooms, and while it may be a reasonable price, I thought it was a lot of money so I decided to look around.

    Yes, i would love to get your architects email and/ or phone and your address too. I will be in BA in six weeks or so and would love to visit you.

    • Are you sure you are not reading pesos for US Dollars. It would be possible to do all three for that price though they would be somewhat basic. If it really was USD 70,000 you would be paying between 40 – 50,000 too much depending on quality of fittings, imported vs national etc. Or maybe I have misunderstood and you have designed a high tech Sistine Chapel meets Disney water park type affair. Will drop you an email in a few minutes once I have had a chance to speak to my guys.

  3. Miles

    You do have a sense of humor!!! That’s the quote I got in dollars and that’s why I started looking at alternatives.

    I would love to meet your place in Palermo. I have a finance background too, like you seem to have. Yours must have been more challenging than mine but perhaps not as enjoyable!!!! I have been a professor of finance for over 35 years, and I run a solo retirement planning practice that I enjoy a lot.

    I got your email introducing me to your people. I will get in touch with them.

    have a wonderful day.

  4. Ref: Assistance, Partnership, Help!!!??? (published on BA Expats)

    Hi Miles, I wanted to contact you in regards to what you published on BA Expats, could you send me an e.mail message ?

    Cheers,

    Mariano

  5. I love your idea for a Hotel, it is superb, and it goes perfect with the ambiance of this city.
    I am a Hospitaly Management student, and I will like very much to work on the hotel when it opens. Can you give me an email where I can send you my resume?

  6. Hi Miles,

    I wanted to send you a quick message / intro. We own a company called Foto Ruta http://www.foto-ruta.com encouraging people to explore the beautiful city of Buenos Aires whilst capturing it on camera. We’d love to invite you or one of your colleagues along to try it out.

    Give us a shout!
    Besos

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