Friday, March 8, 2013

Our Better Half

It wasn’t until I started living abroad that I began to appreciate just how many holidays there are out there. As I write this, I’m sitting in front of a Peace Corps Calendar that shows virtually every holiday celebrated by every country around the world. I kid you not, there are at least two for every day of the year—some have four! For example, March 1st is Peace Corps Day, Independence Day in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yap Day in Yap (wuddup Josh), and Martenitza in Bulgaria—take your pick. Eric, my whodi and colleague just hopped on a plane to Fiji, so today he’ll be celebrating their Youth Day.

But today, gentlemen around the world should be tipping their caps, holding the door, and throwing their jackets over mud puddles for a very good reason… Women. No matter what time zone you're in, March 8th is International Women's Day!

Last night, I got an early start on the celebrations by attending the Concierto Por El Dia Internacional de la Mujer at the Centro Cultural Colombo Americano. It was the first time I actually got to hear my friends Rosi and Mine work their magic on the strings, as part of the Cuarteto Quinta Esencia. 

Later that night, I joined Javi & Co. at Café de la Casa to celebrate his birthday—clearly, he was enjoying International Women’s Day also.

Women make the world go round—we all know it’s true. So today, on International Women’s Day, I want to give a massive hug, kiss, and salute to every woman in my life and yours.

Pura Vida,


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