Friday, April 3, 2009


I have always wanted to try grappa after reading Hemingway novels. He commonly drinks it in Spain, but it is also a popular drink in South America. There they drink it mixed with honey. Interestingly, there is no mention of this on the webtender website. So, if you want a taste of Buenos Aires, order a Grappa con miele. Grappa is a form of Brandy, and wikipedia suggests trying it with espresso.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Skype iPhone App

I just downloaded the Skype iPhone App from the App Store. I was able to log-in to my account, but was unable to make a call. The app requires a Wifi connection, and is disabled when the phone is connected to 3G. This app will be great when I travel and have Wifi access. Unfortunately, this came a week too late for my last trip to South America.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Mega-bus recap

I made it back to New York Penn Station to catch the Mega-bus for the final leg of my South America trip. Initially, I wasn't sure where to find the bus, since they don't pick up passengers at the same place they drop off. I wandered around Penn Station and had seen the Bolt buses on my trip to New York. I walked down to the drop off point, and still couldn't find where they picked up. Walking back, I saw a Mega-bus drive by and finally found a bunch of people waiting by a Mega-bus outside Madison Square gardens. The place was a circus, and not just because a bunch of people were getting out of the Wringling Brothers show inside the gardens. There were lines for a number of buses going up and down the East coast, and I bought a gyro while waiting for mine. After a 20 minute wait, I was on my way to Boston.

While waiting I overheard a conversation between two girls who preferred the Greyhound service from the Port Authority. While Greyhound charges $20 o/w, you can wait inside, and it is a much less hectic environment. I think for a few extra bucks I can agree.