Saturday, July 9, 2011

Happy Independence Day...again

This is the second time this week and the third time this summer/winter that I get to celebrate some country's independence.

Believe it or not, I didn't steal this pic from the internet.


I took it myself!
This one too, but you've already seen it in the "Flashback" post.

Of course, July 4 was a normal working day for me here in Buenos Aires. I did, however, manage to have chili in the company of some American expats the Sunday before, and had a celebratory drink with a mix of my American and Argentine friends after work on Monday.







The other two are Argentine independence days.

May 25 - marks the end of the Revolucion de Mayo (1810), when the Argentines ousted the Spanish Viceroy Cisneros and swapped him for a more local governing body, la Primera Junta. Just to be clear, this day is officially called Dia Nacional, which translates to what you would expect it to.

But the Spanish persevered and gained some sense of control back in 1814. Hence, Argentina's second day of independence:

July 9 - when they finally kicked out the Spanish for good and signed an official Declaration of Independence (1816).

To this day, as far as I know, Argentina is still an independent state. But we shall, someday, add another independence day in celebration of the liberation of the city streets from the dog poop mines that litter them...ugh!

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