Friday, November 29, 2013

Americans and Argentines Unite to Celebrate Thanksgiving in 2013

Thanksgiving isn't celebrated in Argentina, but we don't care. We decided to celebrate it anyway, but we did it a bit early to accommodate our friend's busy schedules. 

One major difference this year is the fact that we actually had friends to invite and to celebrate with. This was also our first house party in Argentina, so it was definitely more interesting compared to last year. We had two friends, who are also expats from the United States, and two Argentine friends. 

My spouse and I have a deeper appreciation for the hard work it takes to make a Thanksgiving dinner party a success. 

In lieu of turkey, we made chicken. We also made mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, stuffing, and two different types of salad. Well, actually, I should say that Zach did most of the work. He's the chef in the family and he's super talented. I concentrated on the house cleaning. When I was done, I helped Zach out with as much of the prep work as I could. Our friends were kind enough to bring cornbread and provide the drinks for us. 

The first thing we did was set up the appetizers which consisted of olives, cheese cubes, salami, Doritos, and sliced bread with pesto dip.  

Zach and I wanted to have dinner done by 4 p.m., but nothing ever goes as planned for the holidays. Fortunately, our friends were willing to pitch in and help us finish with the preparations, like peeling potatoes, cutting tomatoes, and icing the cake. 

We ate around 5:30 p.m. Fortunately, everyone liked the taste of the food. We were really nervous about that. I tried making sure that everyone had enough to drink and had enough ice in their cups. We all spent a couple of hours getting to know each other better while we ate. We learned a few things about Argentine culture in comparison to U.S. culture. 

Afterwards, we served dessert, which consisted of a chocolate cake, sweet potato pie, apple pie, and an assortment of roasted nuts, chocolate covered raisins, and chocolate covered nuts. 

Before everyone arrived, our biggest fear was that we wouldn't have enough food. I never thought there would be leftovers, but that was a relief. It's always better to have extra than not enough. At least we know that everyone went home happy and on a full stomach. 

Being so far from home has been tougher on me than on my spouse, but this dinner, this precious moment in time, was beautiful and priceless to me. We had a fantastic meal and an amazing group of people to share it with. Our friends became our family that night. I don't think I could have asked for a better Thanksgiving in my life.  

So what am I most grateful for? I'm thankful:
  • For the amazing new friends we've made here in Argentina, Sarita, Peque, Rosalia, Brian, Victoria, Kristen, Bill, Wendy, Andres, Belen
  • For my parents, who provided us with so much in order to survive here
  • For our friends back home, Amber, Joey, Stephanie, Tom, Cathy, Ashley, Rose, Drew, and anyone else I may have forgotten to mention
  • For our family in New York, Zacsi, Roy, Sam, and Chewy
  • For the opportunity to work as a freelance writer thanks to an Aussie expat named Ben, so I can earn some cash until I can land a more permanent job.
  • To Argentina for providing us with free health care
  • For our health
  • For Zach, my life partner/spouse, best friend, companion, and the love of my life 

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving. Wishing all of you the very best!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary in Cordoba, Argentina

On November 23rd, my spouse, my friends, and I had a date with one of the most famous time-travelers in television history. I’m talking about Doctor Who, of course! 

Fans worldwide celebrated the broadcast of the 50th anniversary special. When I heard that the special would be shown in 3D in theaters around the world, I hoped, but never expected that they would show it in theaters in Cordoba. Fortunately, they did! 

I learned that they also held Argentina's first Doctor Who Convention in Buenos Aires, but I couldn't go. Let's hope it's a hit so that they do it again next year. Maybe then I could go. 
A fan dressed up as Doctor Who

It turns out that Cordoba also has a modest number of Doctor Who followers. They even have a group on Facebook called Whovian Cordobeses. There are currently about 49 members, but that number is bound to grow.  

After the movie, we were invited by other fans to a nearby park. We sat in a circle and introduced ourselves. We spoke about Doctor Who for over an hour. Then we moved the group to an outdoor restaurant where we spoke some more about the Doctor Who universe. It was a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and I can only hope that we can all get together soon. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Dead Walk in Cordoba, Argentina

At 4:00 p.m. on November 9th, 2013, the dead started to rise in the province of Cordoba. Is the end of the world really upon us? No. It's just Zombie Walk Cordoba 2013
Every year, Cordobeses of all ages come to Plaza San Martin dressed up as the living dead or as zombie hunters, like the Umbrella Corporation troops from Resident Evil.  
This was our first year attending the event as spectators and it was truly an interesting experience. 
A horde consisting of zombies and human survivors walked through the streets, amusing locals and tourists in areas like El Paseo de Buen Pastor (the cultural center that used to be a women's prison), and Patio Olmos. 
Zombie Superman

Check out the video footage of the zombie walk. Feel free to praise my video editing skills. And remember... you can click on any of the photos in the entry to enlarge the image.