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Lorenzo

Trad climber
Oregon
Jul 10, 2014 - 06:24pm PT
I've heard fewer complaints about this ball than the Jabulani they used in S. Africa.

Keepers and field players said that one floated a lot more -- almost like a knuckleball.

http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2014/6/14/5808916/adidas-brazuca-jabulani-NASA-test
Lorenzo

Trad climber
Oregon
Jul 10, 2014 - 06:48pm PT

As a gringo, here are 10 things not to say in Buenos Aires...

That guy hasn't been there in a couple years. There are Walmarts, and Costco's, they don't always have the best prices. Carefour, a French chain, often is a better place to shop.

Also, there are Lowe's and Home Depot, Starbucks, and TWO Macdonals right across from the Obelisk, with a Burger King sandwiched between them.

A couple blocks away is the Cafe Tortoni, which has better food and prices. It is the oldest cafe-restaurant in the city.


The Starbucks made no sense whatever. You can get great espresso served on China, a media luna, a couple cookies, and a complementary Swiss chocolate piece at La Biela in Recoleta for about 4 pesos, or about 75˘ USD, have it served to you by a nice mozo ( waiter) while you watch Buenos Aires go by.

If you are lucky, a bandoneon player in a clown suit will be playing for tips nearby.

The Starbucks is at US prices and packed with tourists.
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Jul 10, 2014 - 07:08pm PT
Thanks for the update Lorenzo. I need to get back down there. Haven't
Been there since I was a child.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jul 10, 2014 - 07:38pm PT

It's SO interesting that Higuain's disallowed goal is nowhere to
be found on youtube. . . .or anywhere else. . .
Dontcha think FIFA's keeping it that way?????
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jul 10, 2014 - 07:49pm PT
It's SO interesting that Higuain's disallowed goal is nowhere to
be found on youtube. . . .or anywhere else. . .
Dontcha think FIFA's keeping it that way?????

 yes. Completely agree... there is definitely something going on...
scrubbing bubbles

Social climber
Uranus
Jul 10, 2014 - 09:44pm PT
If you are lucky, a bandoneon player in a clown suit will be playing for tips nearby.


lucky?




let's hope the guy in the clown suit doesn't go crazy when Argentina loses


,
Lorenzo

Trad climber
Oregon
Jul 11, 2014 - 06:36am PT
lucky?

let's hope the guy in the clown suit doesn't go crazy when Argentina loses


Haha. I did say nearby.... They don't let him in the cafe area. And he is quite good.
yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
Jul 11, 2014 - 07:00am PT
Lorenzo: a cafe and a media luna costs 4 pesos??? In what century are you referring to?
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Jul 11, 2014 - 08:57am PT
Gonzalo Higuain slid on to Enzo Perez’s right-wing cross in the box, he tapped the ball wide and into the side netting. The offside flag was up. ESPN announcer Ian Darke announced it as a goal, it was not a goal. On replay, it looked as though Higuain was onside, bad call from the referee’s assistant.

You can see the replay about half way down on this webpage...
http://www.smh.com.au/fifa-world-cup-2014/world-cup-match-centre/world-cup-2014-argentina-v-netherlands-live-blog-20140708-3bjo9.html
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jul 11, 2014 - 09:19am PT
So I have a ton of free time now.... and I cannot climb.... So I watch the soccer.

Figured I'd watch each of the two teams games leading up to the Final/

ESPN 30 day access to the world
http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index#type/replay/sport/soccer-futbol/days/days-30/


Just watched a piece on Leonel Messi... Now I think Messi and Argentina almost have to win.... But I also know the German squad is precision tuned...
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Jul 11, 2014 - 01:49pm PT
Post-game assessment of what happened during the Brazil vs Germany match...

Lorenzo

Trad climber
Oregon
Jul 11, 2014 - 06:24pm PT
Lorenzo: a cafe and a media luna costs 4 pesos??? In what century are you referring to?


Haha.

This one, and only Spring 2012 the Peso was 4:1
But you made me check the peso Arg again, and it is over 8 to 1 USD RIGHT NOW. yikes!

I checked it this Spring and it was 6:1 I was thinking of heading back until the city decided I needed a new sewer.


But I bet you can get it for a greenback if you went down now.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 11, 2014 - 06:36pm PT
The black market dollars are bringing even more. People are getting desperate
with almost 30% inflation. Some small B&B's will only accept cash dollars.
yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
Jul 11, 2014 - 07:06pm PT
Black market dollars are about 1:12, however I seriously doubt you can get a coffee with media lunas in a place like the Recoleta for less than 40 pesos. I would verify this on internet, except no one in Argentina puts prices in internet, because with 40% annual inflation the prices go up almost daily. Last time I went to Buenos Aires, about a year ago, to renew my daughter's passport, we ate at that place in your picture and spent about 500 pesos for a light lunch (three people). The bus tickets from Balcarce cost me more than the tickets for the bullet train from Paris to Brussels, that I bought last February. In spite of a 100% devaluation since 2012, things are not very cheap in Argentina (but the black market dollar does help tourists).

PS: here is an article from "La Nación" that says the price of a small coffee (which is very small, see picture) and no media lunas in La Biela in January 2013 costs between 15 and 18 pesos. Since there has been a major devaluation and about 60% inflation since the article was published, that means a small coffee would probably cost about 25 pesos. Add media lunas and my estimate of 40 pesos should be about right (a larger coffee with milk would be more expensive).

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1547131-tomar-un-cafe-un-habito-porteno-que-puede-triplicar-su-costo-de-un-barrio-a-otro
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Jul 11, 2014 - 07:40pm PT
Go Germany!

Susan
Lorenzo

Trad climber
Oregon
Jul 11, 2014 - 10:40pm PT
Italian Nicola Rizzoli will referee the final. He hit a trifecta with Argentina, refereeing their third match in this cup. He did Argentina-Belgium and Argentina-Ghana in the group stage. He also did Spain-Netherlands.

This makes a UEFA ref for every match Argentina played against a Euro team, and the third Argentina final refereed by an Italian referee.

Most notably, an Italian ref did the 1978 final when Argentina beat The dutch on 2 Mario Kempes goals.
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Jul 11, 2014 - 10:46pm PT
germany sucks
ARGENTINA UBER ALLES
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jul 12, 2014 - 11:18am PT
ok, but todays match is here today.

Who's watching this game today?

It's not that it will matter to anyone except the.....

Who does 3rd and 4th places matter to again?
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jul 12, 2014 - 11:37am PT

I'll be watching it!
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Jul 12, 2014 - 12:02pm PT
I'll be rooting for Argentina tomorrow mainly because I want Messi to succeed. IMO, Messi is an infinitely better role model for Argentine youth than Maradona.
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