Sierra de la Ventana

March 31, 2012

Two cork bookmarks from Sierra de la Ventana:

Teatro Colón

October 27, 2011

Hey y’all, I’m back!

This is a bookmark from the Colón (Columbus) Theatre, which is the main opera house here in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It’s made of plastic and comes in its own envelope:

Here’s a picture of the theatre itself:

Teatro Colón (Wikipedia.org)

Fleur-de-lis

April 25, 2011

This bookmark is made of nickel silver. Nickel silver, also known as German silver or alpacca, is a copper alloy with nickel and zinc:

The fleur-de-lis is a stylized lily that is used as a decorative design or symbol. It may be at one and the same time, political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic, and symbolic, especially in heraldry.

Gaturro

June 26, 2010

Gaturro is the title of a famous Argentine comic strip created by cartoonist Cristian Dzwonik (also known as “Nik”)

Gaturro the cat is the protagonist. He lives with his owners who have raised him since he was young. While his house is a charming place, he also enjoys roaming the rooftops of his neighborhood. Among the rooftops, Gaturro can interact with other characters from neighboring houses.

His owners send him to school every now and then, not for the education, but to get him out of the house. In school, Gaturro is a bit of a troublemaker and makes life difficult for his teacher, Ms. Ruda Vinagretti.

Gaturro’s mood evolution in a week (Lunes = Monday):

Magnetic

May 23, 2010

Two magnetic bookmarks, from Argentina:

Thanks to my mother for these bookmarks.

Camino de los Patos

May 1, 2010

The Camino de los Patos (Ducks’ Road) also known as The Paso de Los Patos (Ducks’ Passage) is an Andine mountain pass between Argentina and Chile, used by the main column of the Army of the Andes to cross the Andes in early 1817, in order to liberate Chile from Spain. It’s framed by the imposing Valle de Los Patos Sur (Southern Valley of Ducks), southwest of the Province of San Juan, Argentina.

The Army of the Andes was a military force mustered by José de San Martín, who  was an Argentine general and the prime leader of the southern part of South America’s successful struggle for independence from Spain.

wikipedia.com

Tango and Mate

April 25, 2010

This leather bookmark shows Argentina, a mate and a couple dancing tango:

Mate (Spanish, also known as chimarrão (Portuguese), is a traditional South American infused drink. It is prepared from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate (llex paraguariensis) in hot water. It is the national drink in Uruguay, though Paraguay and Argentina also happen to claim nationality over the beverage, and drinking it is a common social practice in parts of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, eastern Bolivia, Lebanon and Syria.

It is considered to be a tradition typical of the “Gauchos”, term commonly used to describe residents of the South American pampas and Patagonian grasslands, found principally in parts of Argentina, Uruguay, Southern Chile, and Southern Region, Brazil.

Mate gourds (Wikipedia.org)

Sierra de la Ventana

March 23, 2010

Sierra de la Ventana is a town near the hill with the same name, which is also near Villa Ventana. This is a bookmark I bought there, while on holidays:

This is the Sierra de la Ventana:

Villa Ventana

March 21, 2010

These bookmarks are from Villa Ventana, a little village in Tornquist, in the south of Buenos Aires, near the Sierra de la Ventana (Window Hill, a hill with an opening in the rock).

Tucumán

March 3, 2010

A leather bookmark from Tucumán:

Tucumán is the most densely populated, and the smallest by land area, of the provinces of Argentina. Located in the northwest of the country, the capital is San Miguel de Tucumán.
Neighboring provinces are: Salta, Santiago del Estero and Catamarca. It is nicknamed “El Jardín de la República” (The Republic’s Garden).

A famous building in this province is “The House of Tucumán“, which is a historical building and museum, where an assembly of delegates from several provinces of the country (the Congress of Tucumán) declared independence from Spain on 9 July 1816.

The House of Tucumán (Wikipedia.org)

Thanks to my aunt for the bookmark.

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