Blogs from Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America - page 6


As we all know, Independence Day in the USA is a pretty big deal. Days off, hamburgers, beer, fireworks, and of course always the couple idiots that do something stupid and make the news. In Argentina, it's not quite as big a deal, so they make up for it by essentially having two: May 25 and July 9. May 25th corresponds to the May Revolution, when the people revolted against the Viceroy and instituted their own local government. This day is huge in the Buenos Aires Province, since the revolutions were in BA. July 9th is the day of the independence declaration, which took place in Tucumán, in west Argentina. It's less important in BA but huge over there. As we went out last night (and some of us may have possibly gotten home around 6:15), ... read more
Casa Rosada
Congress and Juan de San Martín

Like every day, today started cold and dark, with corn flakes and tea. Class was again about 4 hours, and we talk, as usual, almost exclusively in Spanish. We covered "si" clauses ('if' phrases - they're actually kind of annoying because the tenses are very specific that you can use...if I'd had that, I would have done that, etc.), which is good because I'm bad at them. We also discussed the future tense and, of course, general talk. For lunch, we went and found a local restaurant that consisted of an almost-outdoor grill and about 6 tables. Of which we took 4. I ordered morci. As those of you who followed me last year know, I very much enjoy going to restaurants in other countries and ordering foods which I don't recognize or know the names ... read more
More sunset
I liked them all and didn't want to post just one

Practice makes perfect. Or permanent, depending on who you ask. Regardless, 3 hours of practice a day for 3 weeks should do the trick. We added a fifth member to our class today. We'll see how he's there; although he's very nice, I feel like he may be able to learn and thrive better a level down. But at the same time, I like having another classmate. I feel like four is just that tiny bit too small but five is good. Of course, when one of the other four doesn't show up because he drank away all his money the night before, having a replacement is also good. Not that that's necessarily something that happened, I'm just saying that I'm glad I didn't go to the club last night, and I'll leave it there. After ... read more
Old houses next to modern buildings
Cool murals
More cool murals

For the last few weeks I have been designing an extruder that exerts enough force to push the Dupont plastic through the part. I have been using the 3D designing software Rhinoceros to do so. From the beginning I knew that I had to use a direct motor to have this extruder work. The hard part was getting the dimensions correct to have the part fit into the rest of the machine. Every time I though I had finished my design, I would bring it to my boss to check it out. However, every time I brought it to him, there was always something wrong with the design and it was usually something small that required me to take a few steps back in my work. Needless to say this project required a lot of trial ... read more

Well, we are in Buenos Aires to take classes. I suppose, unfortunately, that will require some classroom time. One benefit of winter is that I don't feel as guilty about it: last year I kept dreaming of being outside and enjoying the weather while I could when we were in meetings and lectures, but here I find myself yearning to be out and about less. Of course, we do also have less daylight and less heat, so there's that. My Spanish class does seem as though it will be fun and interesting, though. There's four of us: me, a pair of girls similarly skilled at Spanish, and another guy whose parents are Colombian but who speaks English at home. It's hard to place his skill in comparison, but I definitely think all four of us are ... read more
Sunset in Palermo
Of course we needed a group photo
Dog getting blowdried

Buenos Aires, if you didn't know, is quite large. So it seems smart that our professor decided to bring us on a tour of the city today. We obviously need to at least have a semblance of where we are in the city, given that very few of us have data, we're not all living near each other, and not every part of the city is safe. Most are fine, if you use common sense. But as with any city, not all. The tour took us around a few different neighborhoods to give us an idea of what each was like and to cover a bit of the history. We started by driving through the "Times Square" of Buenos Aires (around the obelisk in the center of the Avenida 9 de Julio - the widest avenue ... read more
Fountain by Casa Rosada
Casa Rosada
Obelisk in Plaza de Mayo

Lesson one: red eye flights without a time change are worse than redeye flights without a time change. Mostly because you have a much longer time of trying to sleep on an airplane, which, at least for those of us with absurdly long legs, is not high on our list of pleasures.Lesson two: expect nothing. I've already been surprised about 14 times by something I wasn't expecting from a city like Buenos Aires. At this point, it might be more efficient to expect surprises. Whether it's the lack of skyscrapers (the tallest building comes in about 5 meters shy of the tallest in Boston -- a city about 1/5 the size of ... read more
English Guide books...
Baked apple

Hola, Buenos Aires! Unless you would like to hear every minute detail of my brilliant overpacking job, there's not much to say regarding the day we left. I woke up, went for a run, packed, and was on my way to the airport around 2:00. Our flight to Atlanta was about an hour late, so we took off a bit before 5:00, then had about a 1.5 hour layover in Hartsfield-Jackson before boarding our 757 to Buenos Aires. It appears that not a lot of people are crazy enough to fly from summer to winter, as the plane was perhaps 60% full -- most rows had 3 or 4 of the 7 seats taken. I doubt there was a single full row. A 10 hour flight later, and boom: Buenos Aires.... read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires June 22nd 2015

Have you ever wondered who steals the most items from a hotel room? Have you ever taken anything? You are about to find out. Read this: Towels are one of the most frequently pilfered items from hotels. Be honest: Have you ever taken something from your hotel room that belonged to the hotel, not to you? (Those little toiletries in the bathroom don’t count; everybody takes those.) According to url= new survey, it’s fairly common for guests to steal things — usually things of seemingly nominal value, like stationery and slippers — when they check out. And some nationalities are more likely to do so than others. img= read more

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires June 15th 2015

Trimaker is a small company of about 10 people that makes and fixes 3D printers and designs objects for clients to be 3D printed. Everyone in the company has their own job to do and everyday they are very busy. One day a farming company asked trimaker if it was possible to print parts for their machines. It is possible and the material used in the farming machines is called Dupont plastic, which is the most common plastic. Despite this possibility, trimaker currently doesn't have an extruder that works with the Dupont filament. What would happen with the extruder that we have now is that the filament would not go through smoothly since the Dupont filament has a more rubbery characteristic instead of a harder and stiffer property like the other filaments that we normally use. ... read more

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