This trip was through GM to visit another plant down there, working on similar tasks to the ones I tackled when I visited plants in the mid-west. I was able to ressurect some of my 6th grade Spanish and at least make people feel acknowledged and appreciated down here by saying hello and good day/afternoon/evening. I found out how to say check as well as what the peso:dollar conversion rate is - currently around 13:1. It's funny to see most prices be in triple digits.
I have to say that the people at the plant down here were wonderful hosts and the food was amazing. Everything from the hotel breakfasts to the plant cafeteria to the Argentinian inspired restaurants we went to for dinner was wonderful. For breakfast, I would have a mix of a Mexican and a United States meal - a slice of french toast or a pancake with maple syrup, plus two enchiladas and some fruit. I had seen blue corn chips in the states, but not tortillas. At our second dinner, they were mixed in with the flour and regular corn ones that were brought to the table.
|Dinner from the second night - roast pig with chimichurri sauce and grilled vegetables|
|Got to try some guacamole!|
|There's also a beer that's a namesake of mine. I wish I could have grabbed the glass.|
|Even around our mesa there were mountains|
|Roadside stores and restaurants|
|Opel Chevy on the left and an ancient Dodge Dart on the right|
Being driven around in a nicely equipped Suburban made me feel like I was in the mafia or something. Neither the airport we flew into or the city we ended up in had any warnings from the US government about safety, but we still were driven around the entire time. This was mostly because traffic was nuts. If we had had rental cars, I'm not sure when and how we would have made it to the hotel or the plant.
|Signs heading to the plant, this traffic wasn't bad|
|This was more like it most of the way|
|The airport terminal vaguely reminds me of MIT's Simmons Hall, almost the whole terminal was constructed like this - concrete with lots and lots of holes|