Monthly Archives: August 2011

I miss my car

No pictures right now, because I’m going to take this opportunity to reflect on the things that aren’t totally fabulous about this fine city. This week we had a lot of places to be. I already mentioned that we had a project site that was a a 40 minute train ride from the city, in addition to that we had a meeting at a gallery in Recoleta, an event near Congresso, a lecture in Palermo, and a payment due at a travel agency near the obelisk. All of these events happened between Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon. Now none of these places are incredibly far from each other, but when accessed by foot and public transit they seem to be. I think I reached some sort of quota on jam packed sardine style subte rides. And when I say jam packed I really mean it. Imagine the most crowded Phoenix light rail ride on a First Friday when there is also a Suns game and some sort of convention downtown… Then multiply by about 4. That is a jam packed subte ride. Additionally I really wish I had brought more shoes. My indigo boots are taking quite a beating as are my converse, my toms don’t get out much as I’m often afraid it’s going to rain, overall I wish I could rotate more because my feet are in a constant state of ouch-ness.

In conclusion I am starting to miss my car… And bike… And other shoes…

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Since I’m taking advantage of a break in studio to make a post, what better to post about than the studio?  The studios here are a lot different from the ones at ASU.  Granted, I think the other students here are still getting used to the fact the the 2 rows of prime desks in the center are now occupied.  Here are a few pictures of the work space- plenty of natural light, and a nearby cafe.



Studio has started, which means even more adventures.  Our first little project is in Tigre, which is about a 40 minute train ride outside of Buenos Aires.  It’s known as a get away for the city dwellers, but its still more densely populated than your average American suburb.  On the first excursion there we visited 3 museums and our site.  Since we’ve traveled out there 3 times, we’ve become very acquainted with the train.  It’s a much longer ride than the subway, and even though the first time we rode it we talked about how much we wouldn’t want to have to ride it standing, guess what we’ve done on the last 2 trips over?  Stand nearly the whole way there.  Here are a few images from the town:

el Futbol

I’ll admit, I have quite a back log of posts I want to work on since I’ve been busy exploring everything Buenos Aires for the past two weeks AND taking 16 hours of Spanish classes per week.

One of the most exciting and interesting things I’ve done so far here is attend a futbol game.  We took the subway and the bus out to San Lorenzo’s stadium to see San Lorenzo play Lanus.   These are Argentinian futbol’s equivalent of minor league teams, with many player who may eventually play for the Argentinian National team or in Europe.

The game ended 1-0 with Lanus winning, which wasn’t all that exciting, though that didn’t seem to matter to the San Lorenzo fans.   The crowd was intense!   They sang and chanted and yelled for basically the entire 90 minutes and then some.  There was no alcohol sold at the game, but that didn’t matter to the incredibly passionate fans.

During the game we of course learned some new choice Spanish vocabulary for outside of the classroom, but the best part was a very sarcastic man behind us who kept saying “muy bien” and saying that the team should invite their mothers to play in their place.

The game was a lot of fun, and if the school schedule permits, I’d love to go to another one!  Now I just need to figure out which team’s jersey I want to buy before I go home.


(Thanks to Lauren for the group picture)