Just to make this more complete, this is the text that I sent out to most of you, introducing our project. But nevertheless, just to be exact here is a re-post of that one. More to follow soon, including pictures!
>>As many of you know Marcie and I have finally arrived in Buenos Aires,
>Argentina. We will be calling this home for the next year or so in order to
>establish and maintain the new clubhouse for the South American Explorers
>Club (www.saexplorers.org). SAE is a non-profit with approximately 5000
>members who are aficionados of doing travel or work in Latin America in one
>way or the other. In other words the club provides insider resources and
>information to people that want to look beyond a country's major tourist
>sights and tour operators but rather like to approach people from a
>slightly different perspective and angle. The Club's overall mission
>statement stresses cultural exchange, awareness and understanding rather
>than hard-core money making. It is much more about putting people and their
>ideas in contact with each other, by that creating lasting networks of
>information and friendship.
>Buenos Aires is such a bustling city, it can be quite overwhelming at
>first. The first night Marcie took me out to eat to a really fancy
>Argentinean restaurant that was recommended to us by a friend in Ithaca. I
>had the best piece of beef in my life! No hormones or funky feed for the
>animal and it grazes on the pampas, right outside Buenos Aires for at least
>4 years before meeting its destiny. Compared to the American average of 18
>months from birth to slaughterhouse that is quite impressive and it totally
>reflects back on taste. The vegetarians among you will probably have a hard
>time understanding what a pleasure it can be for this carnivore when his
>steak literally melts on his tongue... With appetizers, champagne, a good
>bottle of wine and other condiments the bill ran roughly to 25 dollars for
>the two of us!!! We were both sold on this city on that very first night.
>But that only started our adventures. The last 3 days we have had contact
>with such an incredible amount of people that we already have a hard time
>keeping up with all of them. Socializing and partying seems by far the most
>beloved past-time of the portenos (the inhabitants of this town). Marcie,
>after stepping off the plane and meeting up with me in the baggage claim
>area (we came on different flights) was followed by some former band
>members of Living Color (now calling themselves the Yohembi Brothers) and a
>major guy in the restaurant and club owning business in BA who she chatted
>up on the plane. Of course we are on the guest list for the concert on
>Monday night and we are going out to dinner and club hopping tonight with
>Tato, the restaurant guy.
>But that is not even scratching the surface. Upon checking out
>neighbourhoods and absolutely falling in love with the area of San Telmo
>with its narrow cobble stone streets, the plazas where the portenos dance
>the Tango day and night, its cute, 2-story colonial buildings we agreed we
>had found the perfect neighbourhood for a clubhouse. Already, we have been
>checking for rent and real estate prizes and we are amazed how cheap this
>city is at the moment, especially in a neighbourhood which is considered to
>be the historical center of this metropolis. After a two-hour meeting with
>two lawyers who were recommended to us by a clubmember of SAE we are
>already thinking of ways how to buy real estate for the clubhouse rather
>that renting it. It seems to be really worth it!
>This weekend we will obviously be busy charming clubmembers who have become >permanent residents in this city to help us out in any way possible.
>Simultaneously we are trying to have a good time with the masses of
>Argentineans we are meeting left and right in order to establish an active
>social life. But in this city that seems to be the least of our problems.
>On Sunday there is an "asado" (BBQ) with a good friend who is also a real
>estate agent, than on Monday there is an evening lecture on Bolivean
>photography that we have been invited to in order to some of the big names
>of the BA art scene. In other words: We are so hooked up!!! And happy...
>So with all this, we both hope we don't lose touch with all of our loved
>ones at home. Therefore, I established a blog on which either Marcie or me
>will be posting on our progress and adventures as frequent as possible. The
>address is: http://exploreba.blogspot.com/
>If anyone wants further information about the club or the project we are
>working on, just contact us under https://portal.zedat.fu-berlin.de/email/webmail/src/compose.php?send_to=frank%40saexplorers.org
>and we'l put you on an internal enewsletter which we will send it every
>one-two weeks. Of course, please also just keep intouch with us hrough
>email or phone. Our cell phone number is down at the bottom. And please:
>You are all welcome to come visit. This city and the country seem to be
>amazing and promise to be loads of fun! You will always have a place to
>stay and tons of information at your fingertips.
>Keep in touch! Love you all...
>Franco y Marcia