Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Divorce, Christmas Dinner, And Fireworks! Oh My!
For a country that is considered to be in an economic crisis, people sure were spending an awful lot of money. The nice thing is that people in the province seem genuinely happy … for the most part.
Last year was tough for me because it was my first Christmas in Argentina, and my spouse Zach was in New York. This year I had the fortune of spending the holidays with him, but it was bittersweet. After twelve years together, of which a year and 9 months we’ve spent legally married, we’ve mutually decided to end our marriage. The stress of living abroad and the financial and emotional consequences this has brought has forced us to make this painful choice. We are however remaining friends and will continue to live together. Think of it as Fran and Peter from the TVLAND sitcom HAPPILY DIVORCED. We still care very deeply for each other and we will continue to support and look after one another as we continue to adjust to life in Argentina.
Christmas Eve was a quiet meal with our friend Brian. We decided to avoid making a big production like we did during Thanksgiving because of our budget and also our recent break-up, but we still had a great time.
After dinner, we sat in the living room and watched a few films. We’re basically three huge sci-fi fans so we watched Terminator Salvation and Pandorum on my Blu-Ray player.
At midnight, we went outside and watched the fireworks. People in Argentina light these up at midnight as if it were New Years. At the stroke of midnight, we got the chance to see an amazing light show in the sky. It was truly breathtaking. I took some video footage and added it under the photos of the fireworks.
With most of our friends either visiting their families in the States or in nearby provinces, I expect New Year’s Eve to be quite uneventful. I’ll admit that I can’t wait to say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014.
I hope all of my friends, both in the States and in Argentina, and of course my readers from all over the world, had a fantastic Christmas!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get ready to watch the Doctor Who Christmas Special.
at 11:53 AM