Jul 202015
 

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[Bits of Spanish mingled with English]

Today is Día del Amigo (Friend’s Day) in Argentina, an excuse for a friendly gathering and greeting both current and old friends – as if we need an excuse !!. Since it is not an Argentine public holiday, people tend to gather during the evening. Seats in most restaurants, bars, and other establishments are usually completely booked at least a week before the celebration.

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Friend’s Day has in recent years turned into a very popular mass phenomenon. In 2005, the amount of well-wishing led to a temporary breakdown of the mobile phone network in the cities of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Córdoba, and Rosario.

Since the death of the Argentine cartoonist and writer Roberto Fontanarrosa in 2007, a proposal has existed to change the date to July 19, the day of his death. He was known affectionately as “el negro” which generally means “good friend,” or something like that. He once wrote:

De mí se dirá posiblemente que soy un escritor cómico, a lo sumo. Y será cierto. No me interesa demasiado la definición que se haga de mí. No aspiro al Nobel de Literatura. Yo me doy por muy bien pagado cuando alguien se me acerca y me dice: «Me cagué de risa con tu libro».

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“People would say that I’m comic writer, at most, and that will be true. I don’t care too much how people will define me as a writer. I don’t want to be a Nobel laureate. It will be enough for me if anyone tells me ‘I laughed my ass off with your book.'” My kinda guy. I doubt very much that the date will change, however.

En la Argentina, el Doctor Enrique Ernesto Febbraro, oriundo de la ciudad bonaerense de Lomas de Zamora (que en mérito a su iniciativa es la Capital Provincial de la Amistad por decreto municipal y además sede de la Asociación Mundial para el Entendimiento), profesor de psicología, filosofía, historia, músico, masón y odontólogo y socio fundador del Rotary Club del barrio San Cristóbal y del barrio Once de la ciudad de Buenos Aires, creó el Día del Amigo después de enviar mil cartas a cien países de todo el mundo (de las cuales recibió 700 respuestas) luego de ver que, al alunizar el Apolo XI el 20 de julio de 1969, por una vez en la vida toda la especie humana estaba unida.

Meeting friends for a meal is always a good idea. Here’s a few of my friends in Buenos Aires.

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I cooked for my friends all the time. Once in a while I would cook Argentine food and they would help me. Most of the time, though, they wanted me to cook European food because it seemed so exotic to them. Here’s a little gallery of dishes I cooked for them — mostly comfort food — and lots of it.

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Rodrigo, Belen, Carla, Juan, Uma, Diego, Angel, William, Sergio y todos mis amigos – ustedes extraño muchoooooo.

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