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Need Cash? Head to Uruguay.

On Tuesday we experienced one of the quintessential things that happens to all foreigners living in Argentina: We ran out of US dollars. If you’ve read any of our previous posts, you should be well aware that this is a problem. When you don’t have dollars to exchange through informal channels, living in Buenos Aires… Read more »

Dream Bars!

Utensils: ½ sheet pan (18” by 13”) Mixing bowls/tools Measuring tools Parchment paper Ingredients: For Crust/Topping: 5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (25 ounces) 1 ⅓ cup granulated sugar (about 9 1/2 ounces) 1 teaspoon table salt 32 tablespoons unsalted butter (4 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and softened to cool room temperature… Read more »

Primer Bitcoin Meetup Del Año

On Thursday, Eli and I went to the first official Bitcoin meetup at the year, hosted by Espacio Bitcoin. We weren’t really sure what to expect, but were excited to be in a bigger group of Bitcoin users and learn more about some of the startups in the space.  We arrived at 6pm, and in… Read more »

An Evening at Espacio Bitcoin

As the price of Bitcoin plummeted for the third consecutive day, we headed to a lecture at the Mecca of digital currency in South America: Espacio Bitcoin After a first week of exploring, sightseeing, and generally getting the lay of the land in Buenos Aires, we have begun to dig into the meat of our project…. Read more »

A Crash Course on Argentina’s Loco Exchange Rate Situation

Argentine Pesos

In order to understand why Bitcoin might be of particular interest to Argentine citizens, it is first necessary to gain a general understanding of the current economic climate here. Argentina was once a world economic powerhouse, but over the past century, the nation has experienced numerous crises due to a variety of factors including political… Read more »


Welcome to our Blog–we’re excited to share our project with all of you for the next few months. First, a quick recap of how we got here. About a week into last year’s “Polar Vortex”, Kate and Eli had both decided that their third winter in Chicago would be their last. We had some extra… Read more »

Beautiful Chaos

Since it is impossible to capture the awe inspiring experience of Teej Festival at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal last Thursday in just one picture or blog post, I created a photo story to document one of my most amazing memories of the summer! I hope that my photos capture at least a small… Read more »

Hello again!!

Hello, everyone!! I have safely arrived in Nepal, to begin the last continent of my journey. I sincerely apologize for the lack of blog posts over the last few weeks. Between a broken laptop and virtually nonexistent internet access in rural Uganda, it was impossible to stay caught up. Luckily, I have plenty of posts… Read more »

Farming toward health

While in Rwanda, I had the chance to visit two organizations that are using agricultural programs to improve health and livelihood around the country. The first organization One Acre Fund, known by it’s local name Tubura in Rwanda, is located in western Rwanda, in the beautiful district of Kibuye that lies on Lake Kivu. They… Read more »

The Land of a Thousand Hills

 This is about our past and our future; Our nightmares and our dreams; Our fear and our hope; Which is why we begin where we end… With the country we love. After a long flight from Brussels last week, I landed safely in Kigali, Rwanda, ready to begin exploring the next continent on my journey. I was… Read more »