Today is a bridge holiday!
In Argentina, a bridge holiday spans the gap between the weekend and a real holiday to give us a nice, fat, four-day slack-a-thon. Since there’s not much else to say for today’s feriado, I’ll just write about bridges.
Let’s begin with the most famous bridge in Buenos Aires.
Puente de la Mujer (“Women’s Bridge”) is a porteño landmark to rival the Obelisco. And while it’s no secret that our obelisk is not the world’s first and only obelisk, we might be forgiven for expecting that no other city has anything like our sleek, white beauty.
In fact, Puente de la Mujer has relatives around the globe, in cities as diverse as Jerusalem and Milwaukee.
The obvious resemblance is no coincidence: all are the progeny of Valencian designer Santiago Calatrava, who completed Puente del Alamillo, his first major bridge of this type (cantilever-spar cable-stayed bridge) in 1992 for Spain, and went on to spread his design far and wide.
The guy is rich as hell now.
Did you really think we were the only ones with a fancy, pointy bridge?
I’d like to give a shout-out to Santi at Biking Buenos Aires for clueing me in to the existence of these other bridges. The guy knows almost too much about everything.
If you’re reading this on Monday, that means tomorrow is another holiday! (In fact, it’s the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which I’ve researched in depth for tomorrow’s article.) So stay tuned.