Monthly Archives: October 2011

Hiking at the foot of the 6 thousands

Sunday were national elections and, for some apparently logical reason, this meant Monday there were no classes (at some point I will try to decipher Argentine politics, or at least explain the phenomenon of Kirchnerism) so we decided to head … Continue reading

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Urban biking in Mendoza- Friday morning 11 am

Not quite as busy as morning rush hour.  Check out the motorized bicycle that passes me early on- lots of motorized bikes here.  Right of way at intersections is usually granted to the vehicles approaching from one’s right side.  There … Continue reading

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Lessons from language immersion: Había una vez… The girls read a story MP3 AUDIO

Mp3 Audio Había una vez…una casa- Once upon a time there was a house: Frances reads a story Click to hear Frances read.  Frances practiced this story several times before recording. Mp3 Audio Había una vez…un barco- Once upon a time there … Continue reading

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A room with a view- a different view every day

Our living room view of the foot hills of the Andes gives us a chance to observe the subtle changes produced by light and atmospheric effects.  The pictures above give you an idea. Can you see which one shows the … Continue reading

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El Machismo Mata- Saying no to violence against women

The Chilean network against domestic and sexual violence is behind a very impressive campaign- Machismo Mata (Machismo kills)- in Valparaiso. Again, this is another difference with Mendoza.  You would not see something so public in Mendoza.  But in Valpo there are … Continue reading

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Columbus Day Revisited and Revised

As of 2010, Argentina has taken the step to change the name and nature of the celebration of “Columbus Day.”  It is now referred to as the “Day of Diversity” or “Día de la diversidad cultural.” Solana’s fourth grade classroom … Continue reading

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One Thousand Drums- Mil Tambores para Violeta

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Art and color of Valparaiso, Chile- a pictorial essay

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A Family Reunion- Two Expat families reunite on the other side of the world

Have you ever tried walking to a friend’s apartment but been stopped by demonstrations, tear gas, burning vehicles and clouds of black smoke?  Keep reading… For many expats and travelers, the 90-day point marks the ritual of renewing the tourist … Continue reading

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Bicycle activism in Mendoza

In September, I attended an evening cycling event (critical mass, Mendoza style) to promote human-powered transportation in honor of ‘un día sin autos.’ We made the news here. Pro-Bici is a local biking group that is currently involved in promoting … Continue reading

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