Thursday, February 9, 2017

Happy 3rd Anniversary, 132nd Specialist Class

Happy 3 year anniversary to the 132nd Foreign Service Specialist Class! I know what you're thinking: what's the big deal? Well, this pay period (for those of us without prior government service) we begin the next phase of our careers. That's right, we now accrue 6 hours of annual leave per pay period. Let the partying begin! (You know, at whatever vacation location you choose!)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Blog Fading

I have to apologize for the absence of my blog postings... I don't have any particularly great excuse, except to say it's been a busy few months. Between moving to Argentina, having a new baby, and an 'aggressive' leave schedule among my coworkers... I guess I just haven't gotten around to writing. Anyway, I'll try to catch up again... this year. My wife has continually suggested that I just write some shorter posts, to get the juices moving again, but we'll see, I'm never really a fan of too-short-posts.

PS: I guess I'm a real Foreign Service Officer now; I have to constantly fight the urge to capitalize the 'p' in 'post.'

PPS: I found the keyboard at work... It uh... is old..... and funky. F18? No CTRL key? Who knows.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Buenos Aires Holidays: Touristic Bridge Holiday(?)

Today we observe the solemn and important Argentine holiday known as the "touristic bridge." When Argentine fixed day holidays occur on Tuesday or Thursday, they bridge the days to the weekend with an extra day off. So here's to celebrating yesterday's holiday with a super long weekend! Huzzah!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Buenos Aires Holidays: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Today's bonus holiday is in honor of the Catholic "Feast of the Immaculate Conception." Celebrated on the 8 of December, which is 9 months prior to the the Virgin Mary's birth day (September 8th).

If my local staff are any indication, this Holiday tends to be celebrated... by not going to work.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Buenos Aires Holidays: National Sovereignty Day

It's not every day you celebrate losing a battle. However, that's exactly what we're doing today! As one of the more recent national holidays (since 2010), today commemorates the heavy losses suffered by the Anglo-French navy in the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado. It ended up bringing them to the bargaining table that ended in a peace treaty.

This holiday is celebrated similarly to Memorial day in the US. Generally with spending time outdoors in the newly nice weather and grilling.

It's a conveniently timed holiday for the Americans at Post, as it turns the 4-day weekend of Thanksgiving into a 5 day weekend (with one day of leave for Friday). Can't argue with that. Interestingly, Argentina's holidays in general appear to compliment well with the American holidays, leading to many free 4 day weekends.