Besides meeting new people, exploring new places, cooking for friends and loved ones, learning new languages and new musics, what is there? Yes, there is a lot more to life than this short list, but these are some of the things we place pretty high on the list of priorities.
Have you ever had the experience of meeting someone and knowing you will be connected to this person for the rest of your life? That is how San Telmo Loft started.
In 2007, Angela had recently moved from Cairo to Buenos Aires. Natalia and Gonzalo were the very first friends she made. With so much in common, the friendship deepened quickly and a business idea based on our love of travel, local experiences, authenticity, great food, and desire to meet likeminded people led us to this divine business of renting out gorgeous spaces to interesting people.
Argentines and Cajuns have a few things in common. We love to talk and hang out with friends. We appreciate good food, interesting architecture, lively decor, great music, dancing, and a good time. This is what guides our recommendations on the blog and what guides our choice of apartments and the decor.
The San Telmo Loft Team
Natalia – Former school teacher, yoga instructor and masseuse, Natalia is the designer behind many of our apartments. She’s started her own company, La Paqueta, in Santa Fe. A lover of sports and passionate about art and music, Natalia has traveled throughout Argentina, to Italy, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, and the United States. She speaks Spanish, and some French and English. Natalia is our design expert. She knows how to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. She the sensitive one in the group.
Gonzalo - Current entrepreneur, former social scientist and bar owner (in Sicily, Italy), Gonzalo comes from the city of Mendoza. A ski fanatic who loves the mountains, here in the city he spends his free time running through the green parks and sweating buckets in Bikram yoga classes. Yes, we are impressed. He’s traveled throughout Europe, South America, and North America and speaks fluent Spanish, Italian, and English. Gonzalo is our finance guy. He keeps us in check and is the world’s best asador hands down. Seriously. He’s the best asador in all of Argentina and he’s the group’s alchemist. Not a huge surprise.
Angela – The founder of San Telmo Loft , Angela is a former college professor, language teacher, and instructional designer. Once a teacher, always a teacher. She loves sharing tips and insights with her current students, our guests. Angela is our web designer, photographer and copywriter. Originally from Louisiana, Angela has lived in Italy, Panama, France, Egypt and Argentina. She speaks English, Spanish, and Italian. She can make do in French and Arabic. When she is not taking pictures or marketing our awesome spaces, Angela is the singer in the group. We call her “la china gringa” because her specialty is Argentinean folklore.
Here’s a clip of Angela singing a zamba long before moving to Buenos Aires. This one was recorded in Cairo. Weird and cool. Life is weird and cool.
John – Movie producer, handyman, amazing cook, John, like Angela, is also from Louisiana. He joined our team in April 2009 when he moved down to BA from Los Angeles to produce feature films and cook for Angela. Louisiana men are known for their cooking skills and John knew the way to a Louisiana woman’s heart. When he’s not working on a movie, he’s our handyman. He can fix most anything and that includes a mean pot of gumbo. Ask him how many squirrels he’s eaten.
John is the first winner of the Buenos Aires Chili Cook Off. Angela does not ever want to eat chili again in her entire life.
Gisela and Oliver – The tango duo splitting their time between Switzerland and Buenos Aires, a.k.a Vagabunda. Two of our most popular apartments are the result of this combination of Swiss precision and porteño design: The Hideaway and The Guesthouse. They’ve also got a home in Tigre. We hope to add it to our list very soon.
Grisel – Another tango diva and our local property manager. Grisel is the owner of The Gallery and property manager to all of our apartments. She lived in Los Angeles for many years, speaks good Italian, and, of course, is a native speaker of Castellano.
Raquel - Our fabulous cleaning lady. Without her, none of this is possible. Raquel is there to make sure our apartments are ready for you. You’ll have to practice your Spanish with her… and that’s a good thing. Friendly and professional. Raquel really is the bomb.