15.03.2009 70 °F
Fortunately for me before coming to Bogota, I already had friends here because they attended (or still attend) my university in the US. Alex is one of those good friends and she actually came back to Bogota after a year in the States to study medicine. Her family has been nothing but welcoming to me during my entire 7 months here so far. One example of this was this weekend when I was invited to her parents 25th Anniversary celebration on their farm. Their farm is a gorgeous place surrounded by green mountains, and on Saturday they had a large tent set up with beautiful place settings and (of course) a dance floor for later in the night.
These are pictures from the family farm that I took last year.
Alex's family reminds me a lot of mine since my parents recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary and both of our families have only two daughters at almost the same ages. It's great to be accepted into their family while I'm here and makes me feel a little more at home.
Anyways, back to the party. The party started with a mass where Alex and her sister both did the readings. It was a really nice start. And the mass was followed by not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR bands. Plus a DJ. Needless to say, the party was a blast. The first band was three guitarrists (I'm sure they were a specific kind of band, but I don't know what). They played during dinner. On a side note, dinner was equally amazing. Carne con salsa de champinones, pollo, papas, vegetales, y frutas (meat with mushroom sauce, chicken, potatoes, vegetables, and fruit). And of course wedding cake and a second jello type dessert. Plus, appetizers like empanadas and cheese and meat trays. I was stuffed! Anyways, the first band was followed by a 15 piece Mariachi band, complete with violins, trumpets, guitars, and singers. Amazing. Then the dancing started with two traditional Colombian bands who switched back and forth: salsa and vallenato. Vallenato is a type of music distinguished by accordions. If all wedding and anniversary celebrations are like this in Colombia, I want to go to more. Maybe I'll just have to bring these traditions to my own wedding someday!