Sunday, September 10, 2006

Well, a lot has happened since I last wrote, traveled to an Estancia (Gaucho Ranch), learned about our architecture project for the semester, and hung out with friends in BA. The weather here this week was cold at times, but the weekend was quite nice. I was actually able to just wear a t-shirt and jeans for most of the day, but it still was a little chilly at night. It has been nice to be able to leave our windows open at our apartment, it can get a little stuffy in here, even though the traffic situation below is quite noisy.

Anyway, I was taken by some friends, and yes dad they were female, to an Estancia about 90 km outside of the city. The ranch is more like an amusement park than an actual ranch, but still quite enjoyable. We were able to ride horses, take carriage rides, and watch guachos work their magic on a horse. The guachos raced each other, and used pointed sticks to spear rings hanging on a wooden post at full speed, pretty amazing. There was also about a 3 hour lunch, with entertainment ranging from tango dancers, some sort of dance with wooden balls connected to a string, and lots of singing. The host sang songs from every country that the people in the audience were from. For me he sang "When the Saints Go Marching In". I have some video footage of the events as well, and as soon as I can figure out how to post them I will. I figured it out. Enjoy.

We were also working hard on architecture this week, and learned about our site. It is a very confusing site, a lot is going on, so it should be interesting. There is an unfinished freeway, shelter for homeless kids, the archaeological remains from a concentration camp from the military rule of the 70's and many homeless people living on the site. We are still not sure what the exact program for the site is yet, so we are in the process of documenting and diagramming the site in order to understand it better.

Everything else is pretty much normal here. Hope everybody is doing well, talk to you soon.


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