I should be grading some papers right now, but instead I'm going to write a little about Saturday--our fiesta day!
So, if you've been reading you know I've been going to a bible study on Friday's and it is a mix of med. students, Language school students, Teachers, and Mexicans... Well, this one super fun, big mexican guy named Quetzal who is now our buddy. Well, it was two Friday's ago when a conversation about food led to an invite to the Big House for a fiesta. Later that week, Quetzal dropped by to see the place and decided to expand the party to be for his sister's 'going away to canada to study English for six months' party. He and his other sisters (who are all the most amazing people!) hired a taco bar service to cater the party! They were making tortillas right there and had all the fixings for any kind of taco you'd care to eat!
There were SO many people there! Some that we knew, some we'd never seen before. A lot of our bible study friends came. I also met some more awesome new people, some Mexicans and some Americans.
Quetzal hooked up a stereo and for hours we played the most random mix of mostly Spanish music and danced and danced. Quetzal taught some of us a few dances... I remember one is called Kumbia, which is like Salsa.
(On a side note, the backyard at the big house is the BEST place for a party. It is HUGE, shady, beautiful, and has two covered areas for food/eating, and a big dance floor (or what we're assuming is a dance floor... what else could it be?). )
(On another side note I would like to add that we danced to Achy Breaky Heart in Spanish! hehe... so loco).
Ok, so around 8:00 or 9:00 a real Mariachi band marches it! There were probably 10 of them in all and they played authentic, fun, amazing Mexican songs. I learned that Zapopan, the state (i think it's a state?) that this city is in is where Mariachis originated!
So we danced to the Mariachis for a while and then they left. We were worn out so some of us walked to the Oxxo station for some Ice Cream and came back to the party to finish with a little more dancing, some conversation, and some guy's guitar.
I left tired, woke up sore, but had SOOOOOOOOOO much fun at a totally free, totally planned for us, Fiesta! I met a gazillion new people and got to know some friends even better. I want to do it again every weekend!
Oh! And it didn't rain! Probably only the 2nd rainless day since I've been here! THanks, God!
This is the BIG backyard! Isn't it great?
Here are Quetzal's three sisters! They are all amazing! And they are great dancers (like every Mexican is!)
Oh.. and the mariachis, too!