A Day Off of Work

24 Mar

Today is a national holiday in Argentina in memory of the end of the military dictatorship from the 80s. People don’t usually talk about it, or the Dirty War in which many people were “disappeared” and murdered. But today we get the day off of work to think about it, or to celebrate that it’s over, or maybe just because there aren’t many national holidays here.

It’s a beautiful day, and I’ve taken advantage of it so far. I woke up late (after getting back in around 5:30 am), watched some TV, and then went for a run in the park. I’ve signed up for the 10k on Sunday in honor of an athlete who was murdered during the dictatorship, so I need to make sure my body is in good shape for the weekend. It’s cooled off a lot in the last couple of weeks and running during the day is now very pleasant.

After three laps around the park I sat down in the sun for a while watching the groups of families and friends having picnics. I realized I was getting burned so I sat in the shade against a tree and watched the people running, biking, and rollerblading around the park. Everyone was enjoying the day off in their own way. It’s one of those days in the fall when there’s a last gasp from summer, but the chilly wind comes in to remind you that it’s all over.

I’m heading up to Belgrano now. The day off continues.

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One Response to “A Day Off of Work”

  1. hotel bedding March 26, 2010 at 1:27 am #

    Sounds like a great day off 🙂

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