Papa Tere at my goodbye party wearing the pinata. Always the jokester :)
|And of course decorating is not all work.|
|And the finished product is lovely! (more pics from thee 2010 goodbye party my host family threw)|
|A wedding at the local church the host family and I attended.|
|The pine needles that are used for major holidays and events like weddings, school events and local beauty pageants. They add a unique fragrance and are a constant fixture at ceremonies of all kinds.|
And you wouldn't be in Guatemala if there weren't at least one ginormous, delicious looking "cold" cake. Guatemalans love their cake on the squishy side. From moderately juicy to dripping with juice, you never taste the same cake twice. When it comes to celebrations, the chapines (the name Guatemalans use for themselves) spare no expense on quality cake.
Then of course there’s the music. Now, I love the choice and free will that Americans exhibit in choosing music for special occasions. But there is something to be said for consistency. Every occasion (with the possible exception of a wedding here and there) will play the traditional instrument The Marimba. To be honest, a lot of volunteers hate the marimba. But being the weirdo that I am, it was one of the few who adored its cheerful rhythms. What’s not to love about Marimba music? (yes it gets a capital M) It's lively, upbeat, cheerful and perfect waiting music. And everyone needs a little cheer when waiting for upt to an hour and a half for the event to start--it's always nice to be happy while you wait!
|A pretty fancy Marimba at the 50th Peace Corps Anniversary. |