Us installing the second set of solar panels

Us installing the second set of solar panels

Bardas Blancas: Childrens Day / Final Day

We woke up earlier once again and packed up all of our things, and moved our beds back to the storage area and went to breakfast.  We tested the newly energized radio station and after a few tweaks, it worked!!! 

Today was a special day, it was Children’s Day!!!!  Children’s Day is a big holiday in Argentina, it is a day to celebrate the happiness of children everywhere.  At Bardas Blancas each one of the children were given a toy, most of them were walky-talkies so we were jealous, and there was a big picnic at the school for the kids to run around and be true kids for the day.  Greg also talked with the gym teacher and them and a few of the students played some football.  The gym teacher was happy to see a football and as they played he was able to explain to the students some of the basic rules.

It was nice to leave on that day because most of the kids were happy and distracted by all of the special events happening on in each of the different buildings.  We took our goodbye pictures, and said them as well.  It was an exciting trip and we were all glad that we were able to finally make it to Bardas Blancas, and complete our project. 

The school pig

The school pig

Pablo the headmaster, and Susana our coordinator

Pablo the headmaster, and Susana our coordinator

Picture with kids andsome by the kids

Deportes!!!!

All of us with our sweet Childrens Day gifts

All of us with our sweet Childrens Day gifts

Bardas Blancas: Day 3, crunch time

We woke Saturday, did the usual, and started right away on putting the last two solar panels on.  We had to have the headmaster weld an extention onto the frame in order to fit the final solar panel on.  With a few more bolts, and some tie wire, we had all of the solar panels onto the frame. Now came the easy part, wiring.  The actual wiring of the device was not complicated, we just had to connect 8 (four positive and negative) wires to two existing wires, which were the original wires that ran to the old location of the power station.  Just as we were getting ready to strip the first part of the wire, the dinner bell rang. Yes, there is a old farm bell that they ring for everythng.  So luckily we were not in the middle of it, so we had some lunch. 

We left lunch early because we had a phone call oppointment with Susana at 2, on the town phone.  The internet was not working. We tried to fix it, but got nothing, and no cell service.  So we had a nice scheduled call with Susana to figure out our plans for the last day and the rest of the week.  The phone was about 50 meters from the school and as we were getting done with our call and stepped out the door, all of the students and staff were waiting for us.  Unknown to us, Saturday was horseracing day, and the track was about a km from the school.  After a short and beautiful walk through the country side, we arrived.  It was like a fair grounds which had a strightaway fenced in, with a racing gate on one end.  Outside of Bardas Blancas is mostly large ranches, so they get together and showoff their amazing horses.  After a few races we headed back for tea time, and got to work on the wiring because we only had a few more hours of sunlight.  We got the wiring finished, and now had to run a wire into the school to the radio station.  The headmaster found a wire that was just perfect in length, and it was the size of a quarter, it was an old piece of underground wire so it had more rubber on it than wire.  After making some larger holes to fit the new wire, we had the the system wired!  Just in time to shower and go to dinner, we would test it the next day.