Wednesday started at Globant, a mid-sized IT company known for offering innovative services and solutions. In the past ten years the company was started and has grown to over 3,000 employees. Though headquartered here in Buenos Aires, the company has clients and offices all over the world. Some of their largest clients are in the US, like Google and Sears. The unique studio organization style allows a more casual atmosphere to promote collaboration. The company's success, especially despite the political and economic struggles, have made Globant a popular case study for many universities. The building and cultures have the air of Google especially with the casual lounge areas, glass conference rooms, and even a ball pit (like the kind you see at McDonald's Kid Fun Zones).
On our way back to the hotel after the company visit, we ran into major a traffic due to protests. We took that as an opportunity to walk back to the hotel. We ate lunch nearby and were able to see the people and signs of the protesters. They had drums and were shooting off fireworks. Due to all the economic issues and highly disliked governing group, protests are very common. We received an
email from the US Embassy informing us of the airline strike on Thursday. Good thing I had bus tickets booked to Puerto Iguazu. We just finished our lunch as a number of the protesters came into the restaurant to eat.
The afternoon was spent at the hotel listening to a presentation from Buscapé. It is an online company selling goods like you might see at a department store. Fashion was their biggest product but they really focused on being innovative. They have to deal with many countries who even if they speak Spanish, have different key words and governments to deal with. It was a difficult presentation to listen to because the speaker didn't speak English very well. We were so exhausted afterwards that we grabbed some wine from the market to relax.
The evening was spent in Palermo. First we went to a fantastic steakhouse dinner with a combo of the MBA Anywhere and Melvern groups putting the total number of people to over twenty. The food and wine was to die for. The networking was fun. We continued to cheers to random reasons throughout dinner. Many bottles of wine later, we all traveled to Plaza Serrano
to a disco bar. Unfortunately, we had a bit of a challenge getting there. Jeeves kept running ahead and finally we ran into a Porteño couple who directed us (Katz even asked for their number for a party Thursday night). It was still early by Buenos Aires standards since it was twelve, but the host lead us into a loft area where we started the party. Lots of drinks and dancing. The waitor recommended the Mojitos saying they were the best here. The drink was awful! Sugar sat at the bottom of the drink-I stirred mine the entire time and it still didn't dissolve. Nicole had a tough night due to home situations affecting her party mode, but Andrew made up for it with his crazy shenanigans. Tara and Kevin danced the night away together. And Jerry attempted to pick up Argentinian girls with no luck-darn language barrier. The cab home was an adventure because the driver was unhappy with Kevin's knees hitting his chair and having the window open. He even stopped the car to push him back to not touch the seat. an interesting adventure to end our night.
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