A Story About Many Different Sheep

Completely unrelated to Argentina, but I wanted to share one of my internet finds while my technology is not cooperating.

Down here, T and I definitely enjoy our “down time” on the internet catching up on English language news and gossip.

I discovered this Tumblr, which finds the descriptions of children’s books in the Library of Congress. Surrealism and comedy ensue.

My favorite is:

Click Clack Moo

Sadly, it appears the Tumblr has been discontinued, or at least left dormant. If you’re feeling curious, you can search all of the holdings of the LoC here. Seems not all books have such tongue in cheek descriptions.

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Technology Issues

It will take me a bit longer than anticipated to post the pictures from our road trip from Buenos Aires to Ituzaingo. My camera is on the fritz (and will probably need to be replaced the next time I’m in the US), and for whatever reason I can’t download the photos I took with my iPod to my actual laptop.

We’re also battling with some home improvement issues.  Both our washer and our upstairs bidet are leaking water like crazy. We’ve had our handyman out twice for just these issues so far (nevermind the three weeks worth of work he already did on the broken washing machine). Every time he shows up, he looks at me and says, “No es un poco de agua–es un flujo!–That’s not a little bit of water, that’s a flood!”  Thankfully, our entire floor is tile, so there isn’t a sopping carpet to deal with–we just spend our time hopping over large puddles of water.  It seems like everything in the house is just a few steps below what we would anticipate. The deck is springy upstairs–I hang laundry on it, but T won’t step foot on it. All of the appliances are either just a hair too small, or have functionality issues.  The good part, though, is the furniture. Although the couch and armchairs are wood with cushions, everything is incredibly solid. We’re definitely considering buying a few pieces down here to ship back to the States.

It is still pretty hot down here–staying in the 90’s for most of the week. However–most of the locals are wearing long pants and long sleeves. It must make it really easy for them to play “spot the Americans” when we’re still in shorts and tshirts.

Today is a major general strike in Argentina. It doesn’t affect us much at all–but almost all transportation workers are on strike. None of the airlines are flying, truckers aren’t driving, the port is closed. I’m glad we’re not travelling today!  The State Department was actually really good about sending us an email notification about it earlier this week through the STEP program. (A program I highly recommend to anyone travelling internationally, and especially places with histories of civil unrest. They’ll send you periodic updates about major events and strikes you should be aware of, as well as some expat social events.)

Hopefully we’ll be able to sort out the technology and home woes and I’ll be able to post more pictures soon!

US Trip–and Disappointment

Well, after a week in the US for some work meetings, I’m back in Argentina.

I’ll open this up with the biggest disappointment: Tesla’s still in the US. I’m finding that bringing a pet down here is an experiment in how many things can go wrong at once.  In order to get the bunny down here, the following steps need to be taken:

 

  1. Find a USDA approved vet. Neither the USDA or APHIS actually have a list of these people, or at least won’t tell you over the phone. So just start calling vets, asking for their recommendations, and hoping to find one.
  2. Make an appointment no more than 10 days in advance with your USDA approved vet. Bring several copies of the APHIS 7001 sheet, and any other paperwork you can find that might help you out and may or may not be needed by Argentina.
  3. Try to arrange an appointment with the USDA state vet in Harrisburg, because you are either overnighting the forms your vet filled out and hoping they’re right, or personally bringing them to the state vet. Pro Tip: they don’t respond to voice mails.
  4. No more than 14 days before you leave, book your Delta Cargo flight. Read their instructions carefully, because you can’t allow your pet to have any fruits, veggies, or agricultural products (including hay) in the carrier. The carrier itself has to be bolted together, with a water bottle and bowl that can be filled from the outside, with stickers that say “live animal” and all identifying information on the owners (addresses in both countries, phones in both countries, and feeding instructions).

 

Needless to say, this did not include having to spend hours trying to get information out of the USDA, APHIS, the US embassy in Buenos Aires, and the Argentinian embassy in DC.  None of which were incredibly helpful.

Ultimately, I had the vet appointment, and all of the accessories for bunny. But–the state USDA vet never bothered to get back to me, then Delta decided to run planes on the ATL-EZE route that do not include a pressurized part of the cargo area for animals. Finally–the nail in the coffin–the newest edition of the TACT newsletter–which is all about air transport rules–has an explicit rule change for Argentina, which bans all live rabbits and hares and their associated products from entering the country.  Because those diabolical bunnies are clearly plotting an invasion.

So, that was incredibly disappointing, but thankfully both Winks and Tesla seem very happy with my family in the states. (THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FOR TAKING CARE OF THEM!)

However… we did get two suitcases full of goodies for down here:

  • XBOX One and games
  • Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, Crushed Red Pepper, Garlic Powder
  • Colored Sharpies
  • Pretzels
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
  • Peanut Butter
  • iPhone (unlocked and ready for a global plan… we are still forced to use our US phones only in emergencies without our DNIs)
  • Long-sleeved shirts and jackets for me!

We still don’t have our household goods down here, and it’s questionable if they will ever show up, so we were getting a little desperate. I had thoughtfully packed most of my winter wardrobe in there, thinking that by the time it was winter, it would be here. So much for that–but a good excuse to go shopping.

We’ve been trying to eat healthier down here–two months of hotel food has taken its toll. Thankfully, the fruits and veggies here are very inexpensive!

I’m hoping to be better about updating this–but we’re most likely going to a 7 day a week schedule for a bit at work–which means I don’t have anything terribly exciting to post. I will try to post more tomorrow about the drive from Buenos Aires to Ituzaingo–which was actually exciting–after I get my photos loaded up.