A few weeks ago, Sean and I attended the Noche Ibero-Americana event at the Mexican Culture Institute in DC.
This event featured food, drinks, and music from 18 different Spanish speaking countries. We sampled tasty cuisine from Peru, Spain, and El Salvador. There was cava from Spain, pisco sours from Peru. mojitos from Cuba, and cerveza from Honduras. The entertainment included musicians from Peru and Uruguay.
This was a really fun night, but my favorite part was touring the beautiful historic building with Diego Rivera replica murals on the walls, crystal chandeliers, and a gorgeous wooden carved staircase.
The musicians from Uruguay were part-vaudeville, melodramatic, old-time singers. They chose several women from the crowd and serenaded with so much emotion. Look at those facial expressions! If I’m honest, I would’ve been flattered if they had chosen me!
Finally, this guy was not a musician at all, but one of the attendees that night. He was posing for his girlfriend, and his picture was so cute that I couldn’t resist snapping him too.
This night reminded me of all my lovely experiences I had during my youth as an exchange student and traveler in Mexico. It makes me upset to watch the news nowadays or talk with people from there and hear all the negative stories about how life has become so stressful and dangerous. I’ll always try to remember the good times in my mind.