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viernes, 31 de julio de 2009

PD de la odisea en avion- Aftermath of the Airplane Odyssey

Mensaje de mi mama:

Te cuento que esa noche de tu viaje, papa se desperto varias veces y dice que tuvo necesidad de orar por tu viaje!!!!! Quiero que lo sepas porque no le suele ocurir eso. Ademas luego de lo que nos contaste, creo que Dios intervino alli en tu avion!!!!!

My parents wrote telling me that the night of my trip, my dad kept on waking up with the feeling that he had to pray for my trip! That has very rarely happened. I thank God for protecting me on the trip, and for being with my family!

Gracias, Señor, por tu cuidado y proteccion!

Odisea en Avion - Airplane Odyssey

En el viaje de Panama - Bs As, tuvimos que hacer un aterrizaje de emergencia, por "combustible contaminado".

Aterrizamos en Cali, Colombia, a la medianoche, a un aeropuerto totalmente vacio! Nada de negocios de comida, bebidas, y hasta los telefonos eran inutiles porque eran a moneda colombiana (un genio el que decidio eso).

During the Panama- Buenos Aires stretch, we had to do an emergency landing in Cali, Colombia. Reason? "Polluted Fuel" or something like that.

It was midnight in Cali, and the airport was "empty and without form". No food, no water, and all the phones worked with Colombian coins (10 points to whoever set those up!).

Por fin, a la hora, nos dieron algo para tomar. Buenisimo! Ya estaba cansada de tomar agua del baño!
About an hour later, the crew (finally) got us stuff to drink. I was kind of tired of drinking bathroom water by then!

Nos entretuvimos como pudimos...

We entertained ourselves as best we could...

Dormimos como pudimos... La tripulacion nos dio las mantitas y almohadas del avion.

And slept as comfortably as we could manage... The crew gave out all the pillows and blankets from the airplane.

Despues de 7 horas vino otro avion de Panama, que nos llevo a Bs. As. Estabamos re molidos!

Seven hours later, another plane arrived from Panama and took us to Bs. As. We were sooooo tired by then!

Honduras 2009

A pesar de los lios politicos en Honduras, pude ir a visitar a mis "viejitos" por una semana. Que linda semana!!! Falto Dani no mas... sniff...

In spite of the political mess in Honduras, I was able to visit my parents for one week. It was a great week! (Except I missed Daniel... sniff...)

Honduras es la tierra de los carteles graciosos... Menos mal que dice "pull" para aclarar!!

Honduras has some very funny signs using wrong Spanish. (It's supposed to be "Jale", not "Hale") Good thing they added "pull"!

Este es el elefantito que una nena de 6 anios le envio a mi mama desde Tailandia, cuando se entero que le habian robado su coleccion de elefantes (sin siquiera conocerla!). Es el elefante mas importante de su nueva coleccion!

Here's the elephant Katie Ashlock (aged 6) sent my mom when she heard that someone had stolen my mom's whole elephant collection (she's never even met my mom!). This cute critter is the most important and loved elephant in her new collection!

Fotos sacadas en la iglesia, porque tuve que atrasar mi viaje a Honduras y cai justo en la semana de la salud, la cual estaba a cargo de mi padres. Por lo menos pude "ayudar" con la musica.

At church. I ended up travelling one week later and arriving just in time for "Health Week", which my parents were in charge of. At least I was able to "help out" with the music.

Erwin y Nadia, que estan de voluntarios por unos meses alli. Erwin es kinesiologo (y primo 3ro mio- mira cuando me vengo a enterar!) y Nadia es profesora.

Erwin and Nadia, volunteering for a few months there. Erwin is a fisiotherapist (and I've just found out we're 3rd cousins), and Nadia is a teacher.

En Santa Lucia, un encantador pueblito cerca de donde viven mis padres. La casita del fondo siempre nos encanto, es un interesante rejunte y reciclaje de cosas viejas armadas en forma artistica.

Santa Lucia, a small, enchanting town near my parents' place. We've always loved this little house, because it artistically recycles old stuff. Really cute!

Santa Lucia.

Ants - Hormigas

El post de la invasion de hormigas generó bastantes reacciones, agregando ademas Raulito (mi cuñado) su propia historia de la misma en:

The ants invasion post created quite a buzz, including Raulito´s story (my brother in law) as in the previous link.

I cannot avoid adding another interesting twist to this issue, found at:

No puedo evitar agregar otro giro interesante a esta historia, se encuentra en el link anterior.

Ya fue dicho anteriormente, tan sabiamente:

"Los hermanos sean unidos,
esa es la ley primera,
porque si entre ellos se pelean,
los devoran los de afuera"
Martin Fierro

Ant mega-colony takes over world
Matt Walker
Editor, Earth News

Queen and worker Argentine ant (Linepithema humile)
A queen and worker Argentine ant have many, many relatives

A single mega-colony of ants has colonised much of the world, scientists have discovered.

Argentine ants living in vast numbers across Europe, the US and Japan belong to the same inter-related colony, and will refuse to fight one another.

The colony may be the largest of its type ever known for any insect species, and could rival humans in the scale of its world domination.

What's more, people are unwittingly helping the mega-colony stick together.

Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) were once native to South America. But people have unintentionally introduced the ants to all continents except Antarctica.

These introduced Argentine ants are renowned for forming large colonies, and for becoming a significant pest, attacking native animals and crops.

In Europe, one vast colony of Argentine ants is thought to stretch for 6,000km (3,700 miles) along the Mediterranean coast, while another in the US, known as the "Californian large", extends over 900km (560 miles) along the coast of California. A third huge colony exists on the west coast of Japan.

While ants are usually highly territorial, those living within each super-colony are tolerant of one another, even if they live tens or hundreds of kilometres apart. Each super-colony, however, was thought to be quite distinct.

But it now appears that billions of Argentine ants around the world all actually belong to one single global mega-colony.

Researchers in Japan and Spain led by Eiriki Sunamura of the University of Tokyo found that Argentine ants living in Europe, Japan and California shared a strikingly similar chemical profile of hydrocarbons on their cuticles.

But further experiments revealed the true extent of the insects' global ambition.

The team selected wild ants from the main European super-colony, from another smaller one called the Catalonian super-colony which lives on the Iberian coast, the Californian super-colony and from the super-colony in west Japan, as well as another in Kobe, Japan.

They then matched up the ants in a series of one-on-one tests to see how aggressive individuals from different colonies would be to one another.

Ants from the smaller super-colonies were always aggressive to one another. So ants from the west coast of Japan fought their rivals from Kobe, while ants from the European super-colony didn't get on with those from the Iberian colony.

One big family

But whenever ants from the main European and Californian super-colonies and those from the largest colony in Japan came into contact, they acted as if they were old friends.

These ants rubbed antennae with one another and never became aggressive or tried to avoid one another.

In short, they acted as if they all belonged to the same colony, despite living on different continents separated by vast oceans.

The most plausible explanation is that ants from these three super-colonies are indeed family, and are all genetically related, say the researchers. When they come into contact, they recognise each other by the chemical composition of their cuticles.

"The enormous extent of this population is paralleled only by human society," the researchers write in the journal Insect Sociaux, in which they report their findings.

However, the irony is that it is us who likely created the ant mega-colony by initially transporting the insects around the world, and by continually introducing ants from the three continents to each other, ensuring the mega-colony continues to mingle.

"Humans created this great non-aggressive ant population," the researchers write.

jueves, 30 de julio de 2009

Ultimas fotos de Inter II - Last few pics of Inter II

Some pics we took on the last day before my holidays... The choreography was THEIR idea!

Algunas fotitos que sacamos el ultimo dia de clase, antes de mis vacaciones. Las poses se les ocurrieron a ellos!