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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…

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…

What is Buenos Aires?

By bitsandpieces - Thursday, January 3, 2013

As happens with so many words we use daily, Buenos Aires can mean many different things at the same time, and many different things for different people.  What is Buenos… Read more…

I had a dream

By bitsandpieces - Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Last night I dreamt a resolution had been passed whereby all officials working in government transport areas had to use the public transport system for 30 days in order to… Read more…

The dreaded “trámite”

By bitsandpieces - Tuesday, August 7, 2012

There is no real translation for “trámite” with its ominous connotation of red-tape, waste of time, frustration, mistreatment and… waste of time. The vain attempts of dictionaries – procedure, step,… Read more…

The idiot who really did take all the buses in Buenos Aires

By bitsandpieces - Saturday, May 5, 2012

We published the Introduction to Daniel Tunnard’s saga on March 26, Colectivaizeishon: The Brit who took all the buses in Buenos Aires. Here’s the conclusion with the promise of a… Read more…

Colectivaizeishon: The Brit who took all the buses in Buenos Aires

By bitsandpieces - Monday, March 26, 2012

Colectivaizeishon. (n.) The action and effect of taking all the buses (colectivos) in Buenos Aires. In 1982, AJ Jacobs Sr of New York set out to read the whole Encyclopaedia… Read more…

A day of sadness and hope

By bitsandpieces - Saturday, March 24, 2012

Today, National Remembrance Truth and Justice Day, the country remembers the victims of the military process initiated on March 24, 1976. We share the deep sadness of those who have… Read more…

Porteños and the rest of the country

By bitsandpieces - Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I was thinking of what people think of us “porteños” (“people from the port” – originals from Buenos Aires City), especially those typical negative traits people abroad often attribute to… Read more…

Dog walkers

By bitsandpieces - Sunday, February 26, 2012

Every city has its unique sights and customs, and Buenos Aires is no exception. One thing tourists are surprised to see, although normal for us locals, are the “professional” dog… Read more…

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