Thursday, July 23, 2009

Catching up

Okay. I´ve been a bad blogger. I skipped a huge event.

Last weekend was the Celebración de La Paz. Since Kattia is a Paceña (originally from La Paz) the whole family went to the parade on Saturday to celebrate. The parade started at 3:00 in the afternoon but we didn´t arrive until 7:00 at night.

The streets were filled with people who had staked out chairs and been sitting watching the marchers and drinking Paceña (also means the beer of La Paz) for the entire day. If spectators stopped along the parade route and blocked the action the crowd would throw empty soda bottles at them and chant until they moved. It was a rowdy party and certainly not somewhere I would want to be at 4:00 in the morning (which is apparently when it finished).

Reisa and myself posing with Kattia´s sister Nina. Nina owns a dance studio in Santa Cruz that teaches folk dancing, tango, salsa, and ballet. Her class danced in the parade. You can see them in the blue and pink costumes in the background.

Some more pictures from the parade. Sorry that they are such bad quality.
It was very dark and the viewer on my camera is broken.

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