Buenos Dias Buenos Aires!

Taking the subte from Catedral to Plaza Italia in Buenos Aires this week is an insiders game of ‘I spy.’

With the band

I see a blue laynard! we hiss, subtle as neon, hopping out into the sunshine across the cobbles and following our subjects in to the courtyard at La Rural convention centre, for the 2012 World Congress of Anaesthesiologists.

Usually Lifebox oximeters go out to the world – more than 1600 distributed in 48 countries so far – but this week the world is mustering in one place and we’ve come to join, as the official charity of our host and co-founder, the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA).  We’re here to meet the anaesthesia providers and societies helping us in the Lifebox mission to Make It Zero, and learn more about the countries we hope to be doing more work with.

On Sunday the exhibition hall was still a construction zone, and we unfurled our banner in the ghost town of the WFSA networking zone.

Nadie está en casa

But by 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning ghosts were giving themselves up, as more than 9000 delegates shouldered WCA backpacks and set out across the exhibition centre.

Todo el mundo está en casa!

Last week we joked about the Oscars, but forgive the flippancy, because this week we really do feel a little star struck!  So many celestials of the Lifebox constellation – our colleagues across seven continents, who teach, fundraise and research on our behalf – have blazed across to BA, and it’s a strange feeling to find them all under one roof.

Stay tuned to hear about our conversations!

And in the meantime, check out our Make It Zero video – now with Spanish captions