Saturday, July 18, 2009

Constitution Day

For all of my readers in Uruguay--Happy Jura de la Constitución Day!

In researching why on earth electricians aren't working today, I learned that today is a holiday. Wow. Yay. Another holiday! Only this one falls on a Saturday so I don't really get off work. But nontheless, whoo, more reason to celebrate. July 18th marks the anniversary of the approval of the first national constitution of Uruguay in 1830.

And as such, I now understand why the main street running through Montevideo is called, you guessed it, 18 de Julio. It commemorates the passing of the constitution. And, even more brillantly, the street is not far from a plaza called Plaza de la Constitución. Ohhhhh, now it all makes sense.

On a side note, the reason why we needed an electrician is because our electricity went out last night. No lights. No heat. No internet. No telephone. No hot water. No nada. Apparently, if we are not found of darkness and silence, we can't have the electric space heater plugged in the same time we want to nuke something in the microwave. Thankfully we have a nice neighbor who knows a thing or two about fixing electrical problems.


  1. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who can create electrical blackout. I always do it I go down to flip the breaker, haha

  2. We tried flipping the breaker. That didn't work!

    But good. I'm glad this has happened to you too. More people to share in the misery of a blackout. bah ha ha.