Friday, September 22, 2006

Living in Palermo (read: can't leave Buenos Aires)

We've moved neighborhoods, from San Telmo to Palermo. We're staying at the wonderful SoHostel. It is about five blocks from our favorite Peña and seven blocks from a square where we like to eat. It is centrally located in Palermo, one of the hippest hoods with night clubs, bars, restaurants, etc and it close to the largest park in Buenos Aires (Alex bought a soccer ball).

The great folks working here gave us a good deal on a nine-person dorm, the whole thing. We need a room we can lock because of the gear (not because we are trying to avoid sleeping in the same room with stinky-feet Germans who snore real loud).

We are using a 500w halogen shop light that Andrew built as a room light as the single 60w is just not cutting it.

The WiFi is good so we are able to watch streaming video.

Alex finally found some time to play guitar while Mateo tried to get the rap Wadaky and Alex recorded up on

Breakfast at a cafe down the street is included with the price of the room. Three pastries and a drink. We usually get café con leche (coffee with milk) and medialunes (half moons or croissants) but Andrew was brave one day and tried the strangely heavy chocolate donut. He quickly found the reason for its weight problem: its filled with dulce de leche (very sweet caramelized milk). It is difficult to find a breakfast item without it.

We actually leave the hostel today, and Buenos Aires (hopefully- there is a curse that keeps people from leaving). We obviously have too much stuff for mortals to carry. Our friends at the Argentimes are going to let us leave some gear at their office, thanks Kristie, Lucy & Kate.

We are heading north to Córdoba were there have been two earthquakes this last week, each over 6.0. Never a boring moment with Global Transmission Media. We hope to finish at least three films in the seven days we are there. We are taking an over-night bus that has seats that recline nearly horizontally, serves dinner (I'm sure it will be meat) and whiskey (which will be my diner it looks like). Next transmission from the education center of Argentina (7 universities), 715 km (444 miles) north of Buenos Aires.

p.s. we found this very mini van outside the hostel two nights ago. Thought of our friend Andy Ristaino.


At 3:22 PM, Blogger anders said...

no wonder the government hasn't caught the ateam yet. they are down in buenos aires....

were you guys rival gangs?


ps. thanks for the props. don't get killed.

At 7:57 AM, Blogger ::rentastic:: said...

i stayed in that same hostel back in march for a week. i remember those medialuna breakfasts fondly. does mario, i think that's his name, still work at the hostel? smokes a bunch of cigarettes, usually pelotas.

At 10:17 AM, Blogger Ben said...

Yayhah, Buuuuuhhhhddday!

At 11:36 AM, Blogger morgan said...

Hey Ben,

Nice glasses. Can't wait for Christmas because I get to see you again. Thanks for leaving a comment. See you soon. Take care of mom, dad and grandma for me, okay.


At 11:46 AM, Blogger Ben said...

Uncle Morgan,

Are there any dinosaurs or trains where you are?

At 12:45 AM, Blogger ::rentastic:: said...

what's a diorama?

At 5:52 AM, Blogger Mom said...

Why does Benjamin always repeat "PUSH the button on the LEFT" in a low husky tone?

At 7:56 PM, Blogger morgan said...

Hey Ben,

There are dinosaur bones down here that scientists keep digging up and there are many trains. I have been on some of the trains. They are fun to ride.

Thanks for writing.

Love, Morgan

p.s. The "push the button on the left" is too scary for me to think of. Can't go there.


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