Clowns, U.S. Presidents, and a Bar

Trip Start Jul 12, 2011
Trip End Dec 19, 2011

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Flag of Argentina  , Capital Federal District,
Saturday, September 17, 2011

A few things went down this past week or so - here's a breakdown of life in and around ISEDET over the past few days:

Carmen had a show! She's a trapeze artist, and also a clown. She totally blew the crowd away with her trapeze act (think 5-10 minutes suspended on a trapeze, moving in slow motion. Quite fantastic). Unfortunately, I don't have any pics of the trapeze act, because I had to go outside (the smoke from the smoke machine was making my sinuses convulse - it happens when I encounter smoke down here because of the new nasal spray I'm using). Still got to watch the act through the window though : )

Recently, the History of the Church in Latin America class went to a meeting held by ISER (Instituto Superior para Educación Religiosa - Higher Institute of Religious Education [I think this is what the acronym stands for - have to double-check later]) in CARI (Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales - Argentine Council for International Relations). I and a couple of other students rode over to the conference in Decano (Dean) Jerónimo Granados' car with the new Rector of ISEDET (José David Rodríguez). The theme of the conference was "What Peace is Possible?" and dealt with fostering healthy interreligious dialogue both in relation to the political world and among different religious communities. Prof. Mario Yutzis, an ISEDET professor who has done work with the UN, and Decano Granados stole the show with Prof. Yutzis' discussion of peace as a basic human right. I must confess that I've never thought of peace as a human right before, but it was quite a powerful presentation! That thought deserves further reflection, especially considering the globalized and technologically-advanced age that we live in.

I was humbled to see that, in the CARI building, there was an entire wall of photos of international presidents and ambassadors who have been named honorary members of CARI. Two in particular - George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton - stood out to me. What an opportunity we had as students to be a part of such a conference! It's hard to believe I was standing in a place where two former American presidents had been invited to come and participate in conferences like this one.

In other news:

Angie, Andrés, and I went to a bar near Rivadavia and Avenida 9 de Julio called "DeBar" (unique name, eh?). It was, however, a very good bar! Best I've seen since coming here (see pics).

I was sick for the past few days again - hence the low number of blog posts in the past couple of weeks. I ended up buying a bigger mate though, and it's finally cured, so now I can drink mate as much as I want : ) I've tried a few other brands of yerba mate now, and I think that Playadito with hierbas is still my favorite. We'll see though. I'm currently working through a bag of Cruz de Malta with Naranjas (oranges). I give it a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10.

Bastian and Lana (two German exchanges students) invited me over to their apartment last night and we had ravioli and beer. It was awesome - they are fantastic people!

Finally picked up a copy of the Biblia de Jerusalén in the ISEDET bookstore, along with some small cakes that someone had made. Those cakes are the best sweets I've had since coming here - definitely worth the 4 pesos I paid.

That's it for now! ˇHasta pronto!
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