Iiiiiii’mmmmmm baaaccckkk. I had a blast in Venezuela. My sister’s wedding was a lot of fun. The only thing that was missing was my man, since I had to leave him back in the States. Here is some pictures from the wedding.
And from the reception.
As things heated up at the party, it began to look like Marti Gras, this is a Venezuelan tradition called la hora loca. Before the wedding, the bride and groom put together costumes for everyone. They put them in bags with the person’s name on it, and the bags come out when the party is in its zenith and things get really crazy, hence the name. I guess my host sister thought that I needed pink hair, but I must admit that I think it looked pretty good.
I also spent Christmas with my host family. The extended family and some friends gathered at the house. Fireworks are used to distract the kids. While they were admiring the fireworks, Baby Jesus brought the presents and put them under the tree. There is no Santa Claus in Venezuela, but kids like presents no matter who gives them!
Some other traditions are releasing un globo de deseos, balloon of wishes, which is a paper hot air balloon. People make wishes, and if the balloon disappears before it burns the wishes are supposed to come true. Here is my plate of the typical foods. On the top left is an una hallaca. It is similar to a large tamale. When I lived in Venezuela some of the other exchange students and I did not like hallacas. We used to call them “Ay-yuckas”, but I have developed a taste for them. On the top right is ensalada de pollo, chicken salad. Middle left is pan de jamón, bread rolled up with ham, cheese and olives. Next to that is pernil, or roasted pork. We were up until about 3 am that night.
I was also able to spend time with my nephew, Juan Vicente, and meet my niece, Valeria Arantxa, for the first time. Aren’t they cute?!
So, that is what I was doing while I was away. I hope you forgive me my absence. Next week I will resume my regular posts.