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Trees of BA: The Paraíso

By bitsandpieces - Monday, January 28, 2013

The Paraíso (Melia azedarach, chinaberry, bead-tree) is one of the most popular trees in Buenos Aires, providing ample shade due to its height (8-15 metres) and width of its canopy… Read more…

Measuring Buenos Aires

By bitsandpieces - Friday, January 25, 2013

Some days ago I wrote a entry on the official cost of living index, What is reality? On that occasion I – as well as millions of Argentines – questioned… Read more…

Words we use in BA: Curro

By bitsandpieces - Thursday, January 24, 2013

Words are part of us, of our culture, especially the ones we make up or modify to use in our local slang. One of these words is “curro”, which we… Read more…

Valuable lessons from sports

By bitsandpieces - Monday, January 21, 2013

One of the many positive aspects of professional sports is the lessons it offers to all. What happens when you get people to compete at the highest levels for prizes… Read more…

What is reality?

By bitsandpieces - Thursday, January 17, 2013

Anybody living in Buenos Aires has been accompanied all their lives by an omnipresent government agency that tells us how much our money is worth. Since as far back as… Read more…

Trees of BA: The Ombú

By bitsandpieces - Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Phytolacca dioica or ombú is a typical Argentine tree, closely associated with the gauchos of the Pampas, who welcomed its 12 to 15 metres wide umbrella-like shade. Its trunk… Read more…

Translated tango 3

By bitsandpieces - Monday, January 14, 2013

Time for another wonderfully translated tango by Coby Lubliner. This time it’s a real classic, “Cambalache” (Junk Shop), hailed as a social x-ray of all times – it was written in… Read more…

Goodbye to the oldest subway coaches of the world

By bitsandpieces - Friday, January 11, 2013

Today will be the last run for 55 centenarian wooden coaches of the Line A subway. Built by Belgian company La Brugeoise, they are the oldest coaches in operation in… Read more…

Two roads to success

By bitsandpieces - Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The FIFA Ballon d’Or Footballer of the Year 2012, given to Lionel Messi for an unprecedented fourth year running, left me wondering about the roads to success of the three… Read more…

The widest street in the world

By bitsandpieces - Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Avenida 9 de Julio is truly the widest avenue in the world. Its two would-be competitors don’t qualify as avenues. Commonwealth Avenue, in Quezon City, Philippines, is actually a highway… Read more…

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