Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Buenos Aires Holidays: Día de la Revolución de Mayo

New country, new set of host nation holidays to celebrate! Today's day off is courtesy of the Dia de la Revolucion de Mayo. This holiday is always on May 25th, regardless of the day of the week, and is the anniversary of the First Independent Government in Buenos Aires (1810).

Though they use the term "revolution," in reality it was just a sequence of socio-political events that led to the first government not designated by the Spanish Crown. There wasn't any violence attached to the change, but Argentine tradition calls it a revolution due to the definitive change in leadership from subservient to Spain, to independent. It did have the side effect of the Viceroy of Rio de la Plata (the area containing present-day Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay) being ousted from office.

It's winter here, so I don't think we'll be celebrating like the 4th of July in the US... but I appreciate the day off work none-the-less. It's conveniently on a Wednesday before the 3 day weekend of Memorial day. That means for two days of leave, I could have had a 6 day weekend! Maybe next year.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Consular Report of Birth Abroad

It's a boy! (ok ok, we've known that for months). We knew we'd be having the baby here and in fact we moved to Argentina the day before my wife's no-fly date. However, the baby was due in late June approximately a full month from now, but he decided to come (very) early. This was quite the surprise to us, as we'd packed all of our infant supplies in our UAB... which hasn't arrived yet (but should be here long before late June!) Fortunately, we got some loaners from another family who had a baby recently. Even more of a surprise was that my wife spent the last week hospitalized on bed rest. So... needless to say, we've had an interesting transition to living in Buenos Aires. This also partially explains my blog-silence. On the plus side, she did meet an OB that she liked several days before being hospitalized and the hospital is less than 2 blocks from our house.

Anyway, onward to the next big adventure in our lives. Buenos Aires didn't have a long run in terms of being our "current big adventure." We sure are glad to be living downtown though, where we can walk everywhere!

PS: Fun fact, when she leaves the hospital, my wife will have spent more than 50% of her time in this country... in that hospital room.

PPS: She does not have internet.

PPPS: Everyone speaks Spanish.

PPPPS: She does not speak Spanish.

PPPPPS: Everyone is healthy and happy!

PPPPPPS: Now comes the fun part of obtaining all the appropriate official documentation for our newest little American diplomat.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Welp, nothing beats packing everything up: 6 suitcases, 3 carry on, stroller, car seat, cat, and the family, driving for two hours, checking in for your flight, and then being told by the counter representative that your flight is delayed and you can't make your connection. Fortunately, we have family in the area and a rental car (van) was only $40. Guess we're spending the night and trying again tomorrow! At least this "last day" in the US will be less full of frantic packing and attempting to cram stuff into carry on bags. Our cat is still pissed though.