Happy new year everyone

Since I have to work British office hours rather than Argentine ones, I’ve been a bit too tired, the last few days, to have finished the off-the-pitch look back on 2008 yet. It will go online in the closing hours of New Year’s Day, though, so don’t feel you’ve missed out. HEGS has readers right across the world these days, so to those who are celebrating the end of 2008 / start of 2009 in the Christian calendar, enjoy your night. I’ll be back in 2009 to continue the march… ¡Hasta El Gol Siempre!

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9 thoughts on “Happy new year everyone

  1. A Happy New Year to Sam and all HEGS readers!

    Just a little off topic, but is there no great New Year’s Eve gathering place in Buenos Aires?

    At 2am, I went onto the internet to see what I expected to be Bs As celebrations, but of the three channels I could pick up, Telefe Internacional was showing telenovelas, Canal 7 a classical recital and Todo Noticias just had videos of various far flung Argentines, both home and abroad, excitedly wishing their friends a happy new year.

    I expected to see excited crowds in the Plaza de Mayo, or gathering round the Obelisco where all the football celebrations take place, but nothing. Is it common for most Portenos to spend New Years Eve indoors with their family?

  2. Great question Matthew. As I understand it, family get togethers are the thing to do on NY Eve. I was out last night with a buddy, and for the most part, BsAs was incredibly dead. In fact, nearly as dead as I have ever seen it, and also next to nothing going on today. The Christmas holidays are an odd time for expats here in BsAs. In addition to being summer with warm/hot weather, the locals just don’t go in for much holiday festivities. Not many christmas lights, etc. They do go in for fireworks though. They can be heard throughout the city for days.

  3. Not off-topic at all, Matthew. From my experience of ‘celebrating’ new year in BA two years ago (I put the word in quote marks because I spent most of the evening and the whole of the next day with food poisoning) it’s as Johnny says. A family-and-friends gathering with an asado, and fireworks as far as the eye can see. No big public celebrations though. The latinos are more about family when it comes to celebrating!

  4. And let me add that I hate seen cotton representing snow in every christmas tree in Argentina and that Santa with clothes that would burn him alive if he ever come to Buenos Aires!

    As Johnny and Sam said, it’s all about the family those days. I just came back from my aunt’s when we spent the entire first day of the year eating as much as we possibly could! That’s another thing that is incredibly insane as with the temperatures we have in December, eating as we do is not the most recommendable thing to do. Today it was OK, though, because it was surprisingly cold with temperatures below the 20°.

    Have a great 2009 everyone! And vamos Racing!

  5. Below 20 degrees, Seba?! It was 42 when I spent new year’s day in BA. Today here in North Somerset, it’s been (at a guess) somewhere very close to freezing. Yesterday was colder.

    Our way feels more Christmassy, to us at least, but I know which weather I prefer…

  6. I grew up in Florida with 80F Christmases. My friends elsewhere all said “That’s not Christmas” and I said, “Fine, sit in front of your fire, I’ll be scuba diving or lying on the beach.” I’m in New York now, so the point is moot.

  7. I have discovered that the Clausura starts on Feb 6th.

    I can’t wait. I’m sick of January already. I loathe the third round of the FA Cup. That joke of a mismatch between Southampton and Manchester United said everything about how dull this part of the year is. I know Racing won’t be very good, but at least I’ll feel passionate one way or the other about who will win each match in the Clausura. I’ve been soooo bored today… this isn’t a proper Sunday!!!

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