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A new anniversary of May Revolution

May Revolution celebrations

We are reaching the 205th anniversary of the first independent Government, and celebrations have started, and will last until next Monday.

The anniversary of the Revolution of May will be held with a series of commemorative activities related to human rights, social justice, national sovereignty, culture, integration, art , science, innovation and history, organized by Office of the President.

Also, will be installed in the city center a series art & science interventions that may be visited by the public.

  • On Avenida de Mayo there will be  one dedicated to the field and agriculture.
  • On Avenida Diagonal Norte will hold a show called “Homeland is Innovation” that will display various initiatives related to industry, science and technology and development agenda, underpinning the country’s growth for the future.
  • On the Avenida 9 de Julio there will be another Installation “Homeland is Social Justice”, which will form a geographic triangle Popular Party Patria completing Friday night with the lighting of Eva Peron murals former Ministry Building Public Works, located in Avenida Belgrano and 9 de Julio. Each day will end with various arts and entertainment for the whole family interventions in the central scene of the Plaza de Mayo.

May 25 will be held in the Plaza de Mayo traditional People’s Party Patria involving national and international artists from different musical genres.

In every block visitors can find food stands with typical flavors of each region, areas with local fauna and flora, different facilities harvested plantation products and spaces that form -in whole- seek a sensory journey to experience moving on one trip to the different landscapes of our territory.

Certainly, a big celebration not to be missed!

10 facts you probably didn’t know about BA

10 facts you probably didn’t know about BA

  1. Argentine Spanish spoken in and around Buenos Aires is distinctly different from that spoken elsewhere in Latin America. Aside from a heavy accent, the language is peppered with lunfardo, a local slang derived from the era of tango.
  2. Natives of Buenos Aires are known as porteños (‘people from the port’), which is a reference to the city population’s immigrant roots.
  3. Buenos Aires has more theatres and psychiatrists per capita than any other city in the world.
  4. Buenos Aires has the second largest Jewish population in the Americas after New York and the largest mosque in Latin America.
  5. In Buenos Aires (and Argentina in general) the standard greeting is one kiss on the right cheek.
  6. Every year we celebrate National Friends’ Day on 20th July. It is a special day devoted to hang out with friends.
  7. St Patrick’s Day is huge in Buenos Aires. Marathon pub crawls are organised every 17 March.
  8. In 2003, Buenos Aires became the first city in Latin America to declare civil union rights for gay and lesbian couples.
  9. It has only snowed twice in Buenos Aires (june 1918 and july 2007).
  10. Below the city lies a set of underground tunnels, and behind the Casa Rosada are the little known 18th century catacombs of Fuerte Viejo. No one knows exactly when and why they were constructed.

Red de Turismo Responsable is celebrating their 5th anniversary!

The RESPONSIBLE TOURISM NETWOK (Red de Turismo Responsable) is celebrating their 5th anniversary!

Red de Turismo Responsable

The RESPONSIBLE TOURISM NETWOK (Red de Turismo Responsable) is a space involving companies from the tourist sector, organizations from civil society and government agencies, media, chambers, administrators of protected areas and universities, with the objective of developing common indicators for responsibly managed tourism.

They believe that the only way to reach a genuine proposal is through collaborative debate, with specific measures to offer travelers services that as an objective have an interest in developing our communities socially, environmentally and economically.

As a network their objective is to offer to travelers a source of legitimate and genuine information, and information which verifies the commitments of our members.

Home Hotel is a proud member of this network: Happy anniversary!

Food Revolution Day on Friday 16th May 2014

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Food Revolution Day is a global day of action to keep cooking skills alive.

It’s about celebrating the importance of cooking good food from scratch and raising awareness of how it impacts our health and happiness – we believe that everyone should know about food and it starts with getting kids food smart, making cooking fun and inspiring a love of food that will last a lifetime.

Food Revolution Day is a campaign by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation in the UK and USA, and The Good Foundation in Australia.

To date, 74 countries have taken part and over 900 ambassadors are championing our cause worldwide.

Many activities are organised by supporters in their local area or voluntary Food Revolution ambassadors who champion food knowledge and cooking skills in their communities.

To get involved, you can either organise your own activity, get in touch with your nearest ambassador to see what they’re doing, or apply to become an ambassador here.

An interesting way to remind us that we all should know about food and that cooking is fun and inspiring.

join the food revolution

 

Happy for 100 days in a row

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Having a hot cup of coffee in the morning, the peace of your backyard, your dog, passing an exam, reading a book: we could make a long list of what makes us happy. Now, would you make this list with photos during 100 days to share on social networks? This is the challenge proposed by #100HappyDays with a goal in mind: to be happy.

Far from being a competition, it’s more of a self challenge; a personal goal to learn or perhaps to get used to enjoy every day.

We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. While the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to enjoy the moment that you are in. The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, is the base for the bridge towards long term happiness of any human being.

How to participate? Plain simple! submit every day a picture of what made you happy!

It can be anything from a meet-up with a friend to a very tasty cake in the nearby coffee place, from a feeling of being at home after a hard day to a favor you did to a stranger.

Enter your data in http://www.100happydays.com/ and choose in what social network you will be posting (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter).

#100HappyDays challenge is not a happiness competition or a showing off contest. If you try to please / make others jealous via your pictures – you lose without even starting. Same goes for cheating.

And when the challenge is over the collected 100 happy moments can always remind you about the beauty of your life. For that, you can receive a little 100 page book with your 100 happy days at the finish line of the challenge!

Was Home Hotel in one of those #100HappyDays?

 

Fashion Revolution Day: Who made your clothes?

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Yes, it’s true: At Home Hotel, we just love fashion.

Fashion is a force to be reckoned with. It celebrates, provokes, and entertains. And, from April 24th 2014, it’s going to do even more. Because fashion is being turned into a force for good.

On 24th April last year, 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Social and environmental catastrophes in our fashion supply chains continue. Fashion Revolution Day says enough is enough.

This first celebration aims to be positive, using the power we all have to make big changes quickly. Everyone can join this campaign whose flag is a simple question: who made your clothes? 

Find out who made your clothes — from who spun the threads, to who sewed them together, to who grew the cotton in the first place.

Your clothes already tell a story about who you are. Now they can tell a better one.

Show the inside of your clothes on Instagram by tagging it @Fash_Rev and #InsideOut, @Fash_RevArg  and @LaCostureraArg on Twitter

Join us and be a part of the Fashion Revolution.

 

Being a sustainable hotel: environmentally-friendly business practices in the Buenos Aires hotel scene

environmentally-friendly Home Hotel

Home Hotel was the first boutique hotel in Buenos Aires to incorporate a ‘green side’ to running a business from the very beginning. Yes, we’re a trendy hotel that happens to be run in an eco manner, and we’re always on the lookout for new ways to become more sustainable.

That’s why we started to include some “green” features in all our rooms :

  1. Custom-made reusable pump dispensers for toiletries to reduce unnecessary disposal of plastics (Did you know?: the average hotel room otherwise discards six small plastic bottles per guest!).
  2. Individually-controlled gas central heating and air conditioning, and low wattage bulbs in the outside areas, to increase energy efficiency.
  3. Electricity cards which turn off the power when your room is empty, and motion sensors in the common areas, so that the lights will never be on when nobody’s home.
  4. Our own specially-developed natural toiletry products.
  5. Solar pannel system to heat the swimming pool.

These are some of the environmentally-friendly business practices we aimed to achieve. Whenever possible, we work with returnable and reusable packaging. We also work with a recycling cooperative, buy meat and other supplies locally, give away used towels and sheets and set aside used oil for bio-diesel.

Other initiatives include:

  • Separating Home’s rubbish at source into specific colours for plastic, cardboard, glass and organic waste, and working with local organisation El Ceibo, which collects and recycles it for profit. For example, they sell the plastics to an organisation which turns used plastics into fabrics.
  • Partnering with community-based company EcoVolta to ensure used batteries from TV remote controls and other electronics are recycled or disposed of properly, protecting the city water supply.
  • Donating plastic bottle tops to the Hospital Garrahan, which uses them in fundraising projects.
  • Donating out of use sheets and slippers to Hogar Buenos Aires, which provides foster care to 55 underprivileged children (www.hogarbsas.org.ar) and  Fundación Si (www.fundacionsi.org.ar).
  • We are members of Responsible Tourism Network (www.turismosostenible.org.ar)
  • We adhere to the “Air Conditioners in 24º” policy of of the Responsible Tourism Network.

Home Hotel is proud to have pioneered ‘eco-design’ and to play an active role in the community. If you have an idea to help us run our business more sustainably, please let us know!