Today was basically set up to be devoted to IBM Argentina. The morning was spent at their downtown office talking with the Director of Operations and the CFO. It was fascinating getting an out of country headquarter perspective on challenges they face with the difficulties given by the current government situation. They went through something similar in Venezuela so they did a lot of comparing to that in how they were working through these issues. After a brief lunch in their cafeteria, we headed to their Martinez location for a talk about accounting. An unspectacular discussion, but I did get to hand over the thank you gifts to the presenters. The bus ride home was spent with our groups in discussion and planning a presentation on our scenario.
Our topic was to plan how our mid-sized Argentinian company could expand by 10% over the next five years. We decided to go the international route and acquire a small start-up company to leverage for a complementary market and learn from in order to expanding our core. We were second to last to go up so by that point noone was paying attention-apparently including the professors who asked irrelevant questions. Granted I
spent my time during most everyone else's presentations passing doodle notes back and forth with Ben. His group went last and the professor went off on a tangent. I utilized this time to show Ben a note that said 'doodle' - he thought it would be funny to doodle on the whiteboard during there speech to see if anyone was paying attention. He said he almost lost it up front, but I thought he still looked awfully composed.
After a brig break for everyone to relax and change for the evening, we headed out to Recoleta. Another small group told us about a show to go see called Fueza Bruta. It turned out to be a more abstract version of a Cirque du Soleil. Lots of wires, boxes of paper and glitter, loud music and chanting, and crazy scenes that unfolded before us. They had a large pool above us that women were sliding in. At one point a man in a DJ booth has everyone's attention, we happened to be up front for that part. He yelled "Abajo" to the crowded, after the third time we turned around - we were the only ones standing! Everyone else had
crouched down. Another time they had a giant parachute (similar to gym class but clear) that actors were crawling around above us on. At times they opened the top and dipped down. One pointed at us and shouted Americans! Guess we stood out a bit. It was a fantastic show but by this point it was 10pm and we still hasn't eaten.
We went to a nearby Irish restaurant for dinner. There Mike canceled his ATM card since he left it when we withdrew money before the show. After enjoying a filling dinner, we headed back to call it an early night. On our way back we ran across Joe who crossed the busy street to bring us Mike's card! He just happened to use the ATM after him. Too bad he already canceled it!
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