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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

  Happy 4th! As we prepare ourselves for the long Holiday weekend  celebrating  our Independence day in the USA I just wanted to share a little of info about the “independence” day. Since I am a pretty “new” USA citizen ( I became a USA citizen in September 2013) I am glad  and proud to enjoy this celebration with my family and nice general atmosphere. The typical BBQ, amazing fireworks, pool parties or any other Summer get together  are already characteristic…

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Pizza time Porteño style.

Pizza time Porteño style.

Every city has its classic culinary hangouts, from snobby to gritty, from quiet to rowdy. A place where the locals go and relish and the out-of-towners stick out like a carrot nose on a snowman. Pizzeria Güerrin is one of those places in Buenos Aires. It definitely belongs to the rowdy and gritty type. Located on Avenida Corrientes, one of the busiest arteries of this city. It caters mostly to the local crowd who need a quick and tasty meal…

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Weaving ancient art with modern technology.

Weaving ancient art with modern technology.

We have recently visited Pasadena Museum of California Art to check out an interesting exhibit of hand-woven tapestries incorporating QR codes. The project is a brain child of Chilean born artist Guillermo Bert who resides in Los Angeles, California. Combining ancient art of textile weaving with today’s technology of encoding information via QR codes the artist accomplished an interesting fusion of both worlds. QR codes have some resemblance to ancient South American symbols and blend in seamlessly into traditional designs….

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Retro Buenos Aires aerial photos, part 2

Retro Buenos Aires aerial photos, part 2

Here is a gallery of the historic pictures taken by the two young and brave men. For those of you who have traveled to Buenos Aires before this will be a fun treat as you compare your photos and memories to these photos taken 90 years ago. You can click on each photo for a full size. All of the photos were used with permission of Borra Family Collection/Collecion Familia Borra; pictures were taken by Enrique Broszeit and Juan Bautista…

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Buenos Aires from the air, 90 years ago

Buenos Aires from the air, 90 years ago

adapted from the  original article which appears in laNacion.com In the 20 and the 30 Juan Baptist Borra and Enrique Broszeit, two young pilots and adventurers, flew over the city in a two-seater and registered in photos their routes; 90 years later their crazy adventure turned into an invaluable collection of photographs. They were two audacious Bohemians who took any chance to fly over Buenos Aires learning the craft of aerial photography. It was the 20’s and little was known…

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South American olympic medal count and other interesting trivia.

South American olympic medal count and other interesting trivia.

11 countries from South America went to London this year to compete in 2012 Olympiad. Out of those countries only three have won medals so far: Brazil with the count of 6, Colombia with 3 and Venezuela with 1. The total of 10 medals is well below that of the United States which as of this writing holds 43. But as we all might think, the Olympics is not just about the medal count, it’s about the coming together of…

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Evita is the new face of Argentina’s 100 pesos

Evita is the new face of Argentina’s 100 pesos

Eva Duarte de Peron continues to be a strong presence in Argentine life. This time on the face of a 100 peso banknote designed and printed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of her death. Evita is the first woman in Argentine history to be featured on a banknote. For now, there will be a limited number of the bills in circulation as a commemorative issue. However, Argentina’s president Christina de Kirchner Fernandez has plans to replace the current 100 bill…

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Flags of South America, part 10 – Colombia.

Flags of South America, part 10 – Colombia.

Colombia, a country until recently associated with drug trade is now experiencing a tourism renaissance. It has become a safer destination for travel and with its wealth of culture and unique geographic location it is certainly a rising star of South America. Colombia is about twice the size of the state of Texas and has unique access to both Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean. Its coastal colonial city of Cartagena has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Colombia, like…

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Flags of South America, part 9 – Venezuela.

Flags of South America, part 9 – Venezuela.

Venezuela, a country roughly twice the size of California, was once a part of Gran Colombia together with what now are Ecuador and Colombia. As one version goes, the country derives its name from the word Veneziola, or little Venice, since it reminded Amerigo Vespucci of his hometown. It gained full independence in 1830. During 19th century the country has gone through political turmoil and military dictatorships. In 20th century it finally experienced periods of democratic government. Since 1998 Hugo…

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Flags of South America part 8 – Ecuador.

Flags of South America part 8 – Ecuador.

This is one of the most exciting countries on the South American continent with rich biodiversity, culture and exotic landscapes. With its origins as the northern reaches of Inca Empire, through Spanish conquest, it finally gained independence between 1819-1822. Country’s name at that time was Quito, which formally changed the name to the Republic of the Equator and finally shortened to Ecuador. The country which is roughly the size of state of Nevada can be divided into 4 regions: Amazon…

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