Wahoo! I’m feeling mucho better now. That cold really knocked me on my behind and set me back a whole week. Well, there’s much making up to do, so follow along won’t you?
Monday night, eight of us grabbed a couple of ubers and headed off for a concert of percussion music. I really didn’t know much about it but knew I was feeling better and had to get the heck out of my condo, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. La Bomba de Tiempo was the group’s name. Highly recommended!
The concert was FANTASTIC. No one in the whole audience stood still for a second throughout the whole 3 hour show. You simply couldn’t. The beat was completely infectious.
Yesterday, we worked for a little, then Hacker Paradise treated us to a scrumptious lunch of local food at a restaurant within walking distance of our work space.
Then last night, we had our weekly “Reciprocity Circle”, where each participant can ask for help in an area they may be professionally stuck or need assistance (i.e., can anyone help me set up SSL on my website, anyone here or know anyone who’s a “WordPress guru”?, etc.), and/or a personal “ask”. Mine was the WordPress guru, and personally, I asked if anyone was interested in joining me on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of the city. I got six takers, so I’ll be coordinating that for next week, as many of the group are heading to Mendoza (Argentinian wine country) this weekend. The Reciprocity Circle is usually done at our work space but last night, we went to a super “fancy-schmancy” hotel downtown in their rooftop bar. We must have been a sight in this ultra-posh hotel – 30 t-shirt clad, backpack-toting gringos looking for tables with the regular clientele in suit jackets and dresses. It was a bit before we were let in but they finally decided our money was good too. Ha ha
Tonight is a potluck party at the facilitators’ condo. I’m not sure what I’ll bring but I do have eggs and pasta in my condo, I’m sure I can figure something out. Hmmm, as I’m writing this, a nice pasta salad might be a great idea! Ok, decided. 🙂
So, I just came back from the potluck party. What fun and for such limited cooking facilities that we all have, YUMMY! My pasta salad went over well. 🙂 Lots of chatting and well, ok, a little bit of wine and vodka (straight from Poland) too. I spent some time talking with a cute, bubbly girl named Doina. She’s a lawyer by profession, focusing on mergers and acquisitions but she’s currently on subatical and is focusing on passion projects while she’s traveling with the group. Very interesting lady. She traveled with Hacker Paradise last year to South Korea, Thailand and Cambodia and we talked a lot about that as well. It’s a great testiment when people keep coming back to travel with the group.
Hacker Paradise just announced the summer location: Palermo, Italy. Oh man, that is seriously tempting. I would LOVE to spend a month or two in Sicily, immersed in the culture and the beauty of the island. You can learn more about the Italy trip at http://www.hackerparadise.org/blog/2017/02/15/summer-in-sicily/
There are a number of us thinking about heading to Colonia, Uruguay this weekend. It’s a nice 1 hour ferry ride from Buenos Aires and is apparently a really pretty town, where you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
Colonia is described as: Colonia is a department of southwest Uruguay, facing Buenos Aires across the Río de la Plata estuary. The departmental capital Colonia del Sacramento is known for its cobbled historic quarter and colonial Portuguese and Spanish buildings. Many house museums, including the Museo del Azulejo, filled with ceramic tiles. The Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, surrounded by the ruins of a convent, offers panoramic views.
I would really like to travel to a couple of other places while I’m here but it’s amazing how fast the days are flying by. One of the places I’d like to see is Ushuaia. Here’s an internet description:
“Ushuaia is a resort town in Argentina. It’s located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, nicknamed the “End of the World.” The windswept town, perched on a steep hill, is surrounded by the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel. It’s the gateway to Antarctica cruises and tours to nearby Isla Yécapasela, known as “Penguin Island” for its penguin colonies.”
I wanna see penguins! (And just look at that pretty view above!) 🙂 It’s an expensive trip that requires a plane ride, as it’s quite far away from B.A. but others in my group who have gone before, tell me it’s totally worth it. Looking into it!
The other place I’d really like to get to is Iguazu Falls:
“The Iguazu Falls, Iguazú Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. They are the largest waterfalls system in the world.”
Again, quite expensive and require a plane ride. There are a number of people considering going the first week of March, as there’s a break for Hacker Paradise between Argentina and Peru. Unfortunately, I won’t be here, so I’ll see if anyone else would be interested in going before then. It looks absolutely stunning in pictures, and I’m already all the way here…
So much to do so little time!
Until next time… xo