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A New Year’s Message from the Under World

Photo by Ivan Obolensky

The most unacknowledged virtue of living in the southern hemisphere, particularly in the South Cone*, is that the year begins and ends in summer. Who would have thought?

Today, there’s not a cloud in the sky. The breeze is balmy, and everyone’s at the beach.

In Uruguay, going to the beach is like a religious observance and is undertaken with the same solemnity. One lathers on sun lotion, sets up the umbrella, places the folding chair exactly so, and then one does … nothing. Absolutely nothing!

To me, that’s what I call the ultimate New Year’s resolution: everyone ends up looking at the sea and the clouds, doing nothing, and unbelievably, the new year starts the same way.

From me to you, may you find your beach, receive copious amounts of good tidings, happiness, and cheer, and do splendidly.

*Cono Sur, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil’s four most southern states


  1. steve says:

    Great observation,
    From a top of the world perspective where the Christmas / New Year season is so very commercialized this “nothing” is a wonderful welcome change. What a pleasure to take in the sun, sea, and clouds this beautiful country has to offer. I look forward to bringing in 2024 in the same fashion:)

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