Archive for the ‘Argentina’ Category

May 1st / Labor Day == 3 day weekend

Monday, May 1st, 2006

May 1st is “Dia Del Trabajador” (Labor Day) here in Argentina. Apparently, its Labor day in most of the world, with the exception of North America (US / Canada). Everyone in Argentina has the day off, Ukraine has 2 days.

Wikipedia has today listed as “May Day” or “International Workers Day”.

According the article the US celebrates Labor Day in September because “May Day” had connections to communists and their philosophies.

Anyways, so its a 3 day weekend for me here in .AR. After years of working both US holidays because my coworkers were in .AR / .CA and .UA, and .AR holidays, because many of our customers are in the US, I finally put my foot down and told work to pick a holiday calendar. Working 365 is a pain in the ass.

Todays plans:
* Maru’s family came over to the new apartment for lunch.
* Veging out watching downloaded TV and catching up on RSS feeds.

Long weekend.

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

It looks like we get a 4 day weekend here for Easter.

March 24th

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Scott Hobbs of Verbal Randomnes left me a comment on my last post. I have been planning on a follow up to my last post with more info, but work has been keeping me busy. Anyways, yes, he is right March 24 is not a holiday, its a memorial day. According to Wikipedia March 24, 1976 is the day that:

“Argentina’s military forces depose president Isabel Perón and start the Proceso de Reorganización Nacional.

For those that aren’t familiar with the history the military government made around over 30,000 people “disappear”. As a result March 24 is used a day or remembrance.

One question I would like to ask though is why was this never a national holiday before? Prior to 2006 it was just a rememberance day and the country continued to do business as usual. However, this year they seem to have upgraded it to a national holiday. My understanding from most people I’ve spoken to here is that it was a political manouver by the president who wants to be re-elected in 2007.

Thats not to saying people don’t care. Its definiately an important day. There were thousands marching towards down the street here heading towards Plaza de Mayo.

Anyways, just my 0.02.

Boca Juniors

Monday, December 19th, 2005

As you probably know, soccer is fairly popular down here in Argentina. Today one of the more popular teams here the Boca Juniors (Wikipedia Link) won the national championship. As soon as the game ended the entire city errupted into a loud mix of singing, honking car horns and fireworks. It was 3:30am~ before the noise competely died down.

vacation

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

So I spent pretty much all 3 nights and 4 days in the hotel room sick in bed.
Fevers, aches, etc. Lots of fun. Maru spent the entire vacation taking care of me, and watching TV. So as you can see it was a fun weekend for everyone.