Super Bowl 2009 en Tampa!

El “Super Bowl” (final de la temporada de Futbol Americano) este año es en esta ciudad. Luego de meses de mejoras a la ciudad (nuevas rutas sobretodo), Tampa esta lista para recibir a los miles de fanaticos que llegaran de todo el pais.

La final es entre los Cardinals de Arizona y los Steelers de Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Los Steelers tienen ya 5 Super Bowls conquistados, mientras que los cardinals acarician por primera vez en 60 años la posibilidad de tener un Super Bowl ganado.

En lo personal, espero que los Cardinals ganen. Los hinchas de los Steelers son tan arrogantes y dan tan por sentado que ganaran, que da ganas de verlos perder miserablemente 😛

Y si piensan si ire… pues no, las entradas son inaccesibles de tan caras.

[01/feb/09; 22hrs] Actualizacion: el partido termino y los Steelers conquistaron su 6to Super Bowl :(. A pesar que yo queria que los Cardinals ganaran, tengo que admitir que el partido estuvo de lujo. Los Cardinals iban perdiendo y faltando 2 minutos para que termine el partido anotaron un touchdown y un gol de campo (con lo que obtuvieron un total de 7 puntos), lo que les permitio superar a los Steelers por 3 puntos.
Sin embargo, faltando tan solo 1 minuto, los Steelers hicieron algo similar: touchdown y gol de campo, ganando 7 puntos y dejando el marcador final en 27-23.

Super Bowl Visitors’ Burning Questions

Super Bowl Visitors’ Burning Questions

Published: January 7, 2009

OK, you didn’t get tickets to the game. And it seems they are going to be closing down the main road to get to your house. It’s your anniversary and you were going to take your sweetie to Bern’s but the place is booked solid.

So now you are being told by the Super Bowl Host Committee that in coming days you are supposed to be helpful, courteous and welcoming to visitors, instead of being the crabby cracker that you apparently are.

Super Bowl organizers (and the big game is Feb. 1 if you already haven’t made plans to be out of state) are asking residents to “let visitors know good places to eat, shop and play while in town. If a visitor looks lost, point them in the right direction.”

I think that’s a swell idea. We’ve had Super Bowls in this town before and I’m sure those of you who were around all know the tremendous benefits they have brought to our area: wait a second … give me a minute and it will come to me.

Anyhow, this column is eager to do its part and I have prepared a list of 10 questions you are likely to be asked if you happen to run into a Super Bowl visitor. You might want to clip these out and carry them with you for the next few weeks:


•A visitor asks you where downtown Tampa Bay is and you are standing on Ashley Drive – Point in the direction of I-275, tell them to go up the entrance ramp and go to the east or to the west.

•A visitor says he was driving near the stadium and saw what appeared to be a flying saucer on top of a building advertising nude women and wants to know what that is all about. Explain that Tampa is striving to become known as a “city of the arts” and this is a ballet based loosely on “Star Trek.”

•Where’s the beach? – A common question from tourists who are surprised to learn the beaches lie somewhere on the other side of those condo towers in Pinellas County.

•Where can we get good authentic local cuisine? – It’s my impression most people around here go to drive-through restaurants. I would just send them down the Dale Mabry strip and suggest they look for something in a burger with fries.

•What is that funny-looking sculpture downtown that looks like an exploding chicken? – It’s an exploding chicken.

•What is this event that comes up after the Super Bowl called Gasparilla and should we stay in town for it? – Absolutely. For those of you on a tight budget you will discover that beads are worth more than cash to the locals.

• Isn’t Busch Gardens in Tampa? Is this where you get free beer? – Not anymore. Come back for Gasparilla and ask any pirate and you might get lucky.

•What’s with that giant Confederate flag we saw driving into town? We thought the war was over. – The war is over. We’re just hoping for some foreign aid.

•We heard Ybor City was Tampa’s Latin quarter. Where is it? – It’s not in Ybor City. Ask someone else how to get to West Tampa.

•We drove over to St. Petersburg to see a show at the St. Pete Times Forum and somebody over there said we had to go to Tampa. Is Tampa anywhere near Tampa Bay? – Tampa is not a place. It’s a state of mind. Take off your socks and throw away the tie. Eat a mountain of black beans and rice at a Cuban restaurant. Get into an argument over politics and manage to weave the Bucs into the argument. Light up a cigar while waving your hands in the air and you are in Tampa.

Things to know about Tampa Bay if you’re just diving in for the Super Bowl

By Sue Carlton, Times Columnist
Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hey, y’all, welcome to Tampa Bay. Here are a few things to help you understand the local landscape.

First, on that whole “Tampa Bay” thing.

Tampa Bay is actually a body of water. But “Tampa Bay” makes a handy phrase for tying the whole area together, from the gulf beaches on the other side of St. Petersburg to the strawberry fields east of Tampa.

Out-of-town reporters especially love to say “Tampa Bay.”

But the truth is, the two cities, while separated by mere bridges, have about as much in common as … well, Phoenix and Pittsburgh.

Tampa, a gritty port town grown into a respectable skyline, has better scandals and more obnoxious politicians. St. Pete, with its lovely, lively, walkable downtown on the water, can show signs of sibling rivalry.

And hey, who wouldn’t?

Tampa has its Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but St. Pete’s team is the made-it-to-the-World Series Tampa Bay Rays — though with nary a mention of the city where they actually play. The indignity.

Speaking of our sense of place, try not to let our roads confuse you on your way to the Big Game.

You may notice that signs on Interstate 275 for the Dale Mabry Highway exit to the stadium contain the words “east” and “west.” You may also notice that Dale Mabry runs north and south.

We’d explain how this makes sense, but you’d fall asleep.

Just to keep you on your toes, our streets can change from one name to another and then another without notice.

We have a road called Boulevard — not Anything Boulevard, just Boulevard.

Near the stadium you might see a series of streets named for trees: Chestnut, Spruce, Walnut, Cherry, Palmetto, Beach.

Yes, we know it should be Beech. No, we don’t care.

To you, maybe it looks like our urban planning consists largely of wall-to-wall strip malls, the same chains as you have back home and the occasional girly bar. Do not be fooled.

In those dull strip malls you can find a world of ethnic food from a rich immigrant history. This includes, we are not making this up, Cuban-Chinese. Think fried yellow rice.

Speaking of food, should someone try to sell you an “authentic” Cuban sandwich that includes anything “avocado,” “chipotle,” “caramelized” or “chutney,” politely refuse and immediately seek a shabbier-looking establishment.

P.S. The answer to the question, “Pressed?” is always yes.

Should you find yourself on interstates 75 or 4, routes north and south or east to Disney, you might notice a flag.

If you do not notice a flag, when you get home you might want to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor, because this is one of the largest Confederate flags in the world, to many a symbol of racism, past and present.

We hoped, given that recent historic election, not to mention the fact that we had you houseguests coming in, the Confederate “sons” might take it down. But you seeing it is probably the point. Can’t have you thinking we’re an evolved town of the South, can we?

In conclusion, we surely hope you enjoy your time here.

And while you’re in “Tampa Bay,” well, try to stay dry.

Concierto de Celine Dion!!!

Anoche (28 de enero) Michelle y yo fuimos al St. Pete Times Forum a ver a Celine Dion en su concierto “Taking Chances”.

Luciendo mi entrada sin poder disimular el gusto de ir al concierto 🙂

En resumen: valio la pena cada centavo pagado, y quizas la proxima pueda costear un ticket mas cerca del escenario.

El concierto estuvo de lujo. Celine canto canciones de su nuevo album “Taking Chances”: “Fade Away”, “Eyes on me”, “My Love”, “Shadow of love”, “Taking Chances”, etc. y sus exitos de discos anteriores: “All by myself”, “The Power of Love”, “It’s all comino back to me”, “Because you loved me”, “I drove all night”, “To Love you more” (de lujo con el violinista que la acompaño en la cancion), “The prayer” (con Andrea Bocelli, se uso un video de la parte que el canta), “River deep, mountain high”, “My heart will go on”, “Fever”, “I’m your angel”, “I’m alive”, y una cancion en frances: “Pour que tu m’aime”.

Comienza el concierto

El concierto duro en total 3 horas e incluyo media hora de un comediante que hizo imitaciones de actores y cantantes famosos, muy bueno.

Celine Dion sabe definitivamente como poner un show en vivo. Empatiza muy bien con la audiencia, y hace del concierto una experiencia inolvidable con sus canciones, chistes y relatos… tiene una voz increíble!

Fue un sueño hecho realidad.

Por cierto, el tour de Celine Dion fue el 2do con mas ganancias el 2008 (el 1ro fue el de Madonna). Recorrio ya Europa (Alemania, Republica Checa, Reino Unido, etc), Asia (China, Corea del Sur, Japon), Oceanía (Australia, Nueva Zelanda) y EEUU (California, Georgia, Florida).

A duo con Andrea Bocelli cantando “The Prayer”. La parte de Bocelli era un video pre-grabado.

Cumple Michelle

El 20 de enero EEUU celebro la posesion de B. Obama como presidente. En casita tuvimos un motivo mas noble: celebramos el cumple de Michelle!!!

Feliz Cumple Roommie, que Dios te bendiga y te conceda muuuchos mas!

Retorno a los EEUU

Con las maletas llenas de cosas mias y encarguitos, el corazon lleno de los dias hermosos que pase con mi familia y la promesa de mi papas y hermanas de hacer lo posible por venir a visitarme, regrese a los EEUU la noche del viernes 16 de enero.

Los vuelos estuvieron tranquilos, con la excepcion que el tramo Santa Cruz-Miami me toco en un asiento que NO se reclinaba!! 6 horas en plena noche sentadita como si estuviera en un micro rumbo a alguna provincia Cochabambina. Termine con un dolor de cuello y espalda unicos, y claro, no pegue un ojo!

Menos mal, mi paso por migracion y aduana fue tranquilo. Saliendo del aeropuerto me subi al tren a West Palm Beach de donde Steven y tia Carmen me recogieron en el auto.
Pase el resto del sabado con ellos (la mitad del dia recuperando el sueno perdido) y regrese manejando a Tampa al dia siguiente luego del almuerzo.

Mis dias en Cocha….

El desfile de platitos arabes no termino en la cena de Nochebuena!

Degustando el fabuloso marmaon hecho por mi ma!:

A modo de digerir el marmaon, un juego de ajedrez-4 en casa:

Aca las fotos del Werek que se mando la Normis!:

Y no faltaron tampoco los platitos bolivianos, la Normis se volvio a lucir con un chicharron de chancho:

Celebrando el aniversario 31 de mis papas

Cena con mis amigos de TSB en la churrasqueria Tunari:

Reunion “flash” con amigas de mi promo, en Globos:

Degustando pichoncitos en Cliza (para horror de mis amigos gringuitos):

Vacaciones en Chile y Peru – VI – retorno

Para el retorno, nos aprovisionamos de un par de walkie-talkie, para mantener a los 2 autos
comunicados por si las moscas. El viaje de retorno fue, gracias a Dios, tranquilo. El auto funciono bien y los bloqueos que habian cerrado las fronteras en dias pasados estaban disueltos.

Eso si, el “broche de oro” del auto lo tuvimos a unas 7 cuadras de la casa, cuando la parrilla del
techo se desprendio por completo (menos mal no paso en plena carretera en la zona de curvas).

Moraleja: si vas a Chile y piensas comprar un ropero completo de ropa, no lleves nada desde Cocha! la pobre vagoneta estaba sobrecargada en EXTREMO!

Vacaciones en Chile y Peru – V – muchas fotos

Bueno, luego de tanto relato y escasas imagenes, aca les pongo muchas fotos tomadas en esos lindos dias en Chile y Peru 🙂

Vacaciones en Chile y Peru – IV – el Morro de Arica

En medio de paseos y comilonas, nos dimos un dia para visitar el Morro de Arica, los geroglificos y el museos de momias de Tacna.

Es el lugar donde la batalla decisiva de la guerra del Pacifico entre Peru y Chile se definio.

El militar que nos dio toda la explicacion de esa batalla es un maestro! sabia las fechas, nombres y lugares a detalle. Fue un relato increible. Chile tuvo bien ganada esa guerra, es algo que hay que admitir. Era mucho mas inferiores en numero pero la astucia y estrategia de guerra fueron definitivamente superiores. Practicamente fue una TOMADA DE PELO de los Chilenos a los Peruanos lo que les dio la victoria en el Morro de Arica.

Personalmente y siendo boliviana me dio verguenza el ver que no solo perdimos una guerra por falta de tactica, sino ver tambien que los Chilenos hoy en dia aprecian mas su historia y valoran mas a quienes dieron su vida por su pais que los bolivianos. Ese museo tiene hasta las cenizas de quienes murieron en el Morro, y una tumba al “soldado desconocido”: un soldado que fue encontrado exactamente 100 años despues en el Morro y que nadie sabe quien fue.