Monthly Archives: November 2009

Jumping Out Of Planes

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I’m starting with the end of my Spring Break by sharing this video. This was my first time skydiving and I hope (sorry Mom) not my last!

There’s really no way to explain what it’s like to skydive. You don’t get the ‘stomach in the throat’ feeling because of the air pressure from below you. It’s very windy. It’s absolutely exhilarating. You just watch the Earth rising up to meet you. Incredible.I’ll have a lot more about the folks I went skydiving with and my time in San Juan (even more epic than the skydiving itself!).

Enjoy the video. It was taken via helmet cam. The pink chute is a stabilizer – you’ll see the main chute pop too.

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Córdoba

OK, so I feel a little guilty after having not blogged in over a month. I’ve been working on some heavy stuff for a big exposé on NYU Local next week and haven’t been thinking much about the personal blagging. Anyway, I’m still alive and I have some great photos from my 1st big trip outside of Buenos Aires to Córdoba.

Córdoba is the 2nd biggest city in the country, located about 10 hours away from Bs As by bus. In October, the Ultimate community there organized a tournament, giving me an optimal excuse (not that I needed one) to travel.

It was an amazing weekend. Although the fields we played on may have been the worst I’ve ever seen (yes, worse than Tucson – they were pure dirt), everyone played hard and enjoyed the heat (it was still cold in Bs As).

There were, I believe, 7 different countries represented at the tournament, but my team ended up being mostly Americans :/ But it’s cool because we won. And then we forced everyone to pay us reparations. Imperialism FTW!

The best part of Ulti tourneys, though, is hanging out after the games (especially at casual tournaments like this one). Everybody came together and kicked it at our hostel on Sunday night. Josh fired up the parrilla and grilled up the most choris I’ve ever seen in one place at one time. So much chori.

I met a lot of new people (particularly rival players in the Bs As league) and generally had a superb weekend. It included delicious breakfasts, my first experience with costillas (beef ribs seasoned only with salt – DELICIOUS), and Argentina’s version of Oktoberfest (not too impressive). I also did a lot of sitting. Those of you that know me will understand that sitting is one of my favorite activities.

For more pictures, go here. Coming up soon: my EPIC spring break.

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Iguazu Falls, Round 2

IMG_0624Have you ever been somewhere that is so breathtaking that it’s hard to come up with good descriptive words to convey what you experienced there? Iguazu Falls is one of those places.

Of course, it’s easy to tell you what it is. It’s a series of really wide waterfalls in the middle of the jungle. In fact, ‘Iguazu’ is derived from two Guarani words that mean ‘big’ and ‘water.’

The falls are taller than Niagara and, according to everyone who has been to both places, far more impressive.IMG_0615

The day we went to the falls, it was overcast and raining. At first, I was bummed out because I assumed sunshine would make for a much better view and experience. I’m pretty sure I was wrong.

Because of the rain, the falls were spilling water at 8 or 9 times their usual level. Mist, defying gravity, rose from the base of the falls like smoke. The vistas were just stunning. It’s really hard to capture in pictures what it’s like to actually be there, knowing you’re looking at one of the most magnificent natural places on Earth.

IMG_0626I did a lot of standing at the edge of the walkway, mouth agape, just looking and listening to the sounds of the water. (It’s quite loud, as you can tell in the video I posted previously).

After exploring all of the areas we were able to (some parts were closed due to such high water levels), we took a gran aventura (great adventure). First we rode a 4X4 through the forest (not really that cool) and heard about some animals of the jungle. At the end of that trip, we got into boats and got to ride as close as safely possible to the waterfalls. Epic.IMG_0622

This is absolutely a place to put on your list of things to see before you die. It’s just amazing. My meager explanation does not do it justice.

See the falls for yourself and see if you can describe them.

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Back To The City

After a solid 3 weeks of traveling, culminating in last week’s epic journey to be recounted in full this week, I am back in Buenos Aires for at least a little while.

Since my camera got rocked by the waters of Iguazu Falls, I couldn’t take pictures of my spring break trip. But when I get my friend’s pix, I will have the full tale.

It’s a story of survival. Get hyped.

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