Mexico City. Day 2 and 3. Taking Care of Children

As you may have guessed from the title of the posts, I’ve originally intended to make a post everyday for the week I’m here.

While there are millions of exciting things happening, unfortunately, between 23 hours of making/fixing/blowing up robots and 3 hours of sleep a day, there’s hardly any time left for blogging in my 26 hours days. Heck, I just took my first shower in 36 hours (don’t tell anyone!).

Our second day here, Sunday, was meant to be our first (only) free day to explore the city a bit. That was the plan anyways. Turned out, we spent the whole day at our hostel “lobby” building/fixing robots.

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The atmosphere was great and very relaxing. Have you tried doing intense electronics debugging at a cafe? You should!

And later, we were joined by 2 teams from Germany, with whom we were supposed to have dinner, but didn’t work out due to some logistics issues.

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(By the way, what’s with Germans and beer?)

Day 3 (Monday, June 18) –

Monday was the first day we went to the actual venue for the event for registration and setup (actual competition starts on Wednesday).

At 7am in the morning, we got picked up by a van and driven from our hostel to the venue (International Exhibition and Convention Center of the World Trade Center of Mexico), and 11pm at night we get driven back.
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The 30-40 minutes rides are pretty nice, and offered us great view of Mexican streets, without exposing ourselves to all the badness outside.

If you have played Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, you probably remember the scene where a man was driven through a middle eastern city to be executed at a plaza.

The ride through Mexico City feels more or less like that. A lot of poverty, old buildings (that are pretty unique), and just general unmaintained-ness of the city. Except no one was firing a machine gun at us…

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At the venue, we ended up spending about half an hour registering everyone. It was fairly chaotic, but cool to see how so many people are so passionate about robotics. I heard there were about 3000 participants, from universities all over the world.

We then proceeded to spend the entire day fixing/improving our robots and trying to get them ready for the games starting on Wednesday.

There were some hurdles to overcome on the electrical side, but we made great progress, and I’m confident that we will have an awesome team of mechanical minions on Wednesday to dominate the world for us. And maybe make us sandwiches.

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Tomorrow – more robot fixing!!

PS. Why children? I have no idea. Our dear friend Andrea wrote that in our itinerary, and it took me a few eternities to figure out what that’s supposed to mean!

Happy hunting!