El Grito de México en Washington D.C.

[Today is Spanish Friday so this post will be in Spanish. For an English translation, please scroll down. If you participated in Spanish Friday on your own blog, please leave your link in comments!]

Anoche fui a una celebracion por el aniversario de la independencia de México. El evento estaba en un edificio bien bonito cerca del Washington Monument en Washington, D.C., que se llama The Organization of American States.

Primero, comímos. (¡Claro!) Había…

Ceviche y burrititos.

Guacamole.

Tamalitos, chiles rellenos con atún cubiertos en semillas de granada, y diferentes tipos de empanaditas.

De tomar había…

Un montón de cerveza, tragitos de tequila y más – pero mi esposo Carlos (quién no fue al evento), me dijo que tengo que portarme bien. Entonces, sólo tome unos vasos de horchata.

Tuve el placer de conocer a el embajador de México y su esposa.

El embajador de México y su esposa (izquierda)

También tuve una charla con la madre del embajador involuntariamente. La manera en cómo paso fue que había una dama cerca de mí, que se parecía mucho a mi maestra de español en la escuela. Como Washington D.C. no es muy lejos de mi antigua escuela y este evento era sobre México y en español, yo pense que era posible podria se mi maestra.

Bueno, busque el coraje de preguntarle y la tocque en el brazo.
“Disculpe,” dije, “Su apellido no es S———, verdad?”
“No,” me dijo la dama, sonriendo amablemente.
“Oh, perdón. Usted parece a una maestra que tenía yo.”
“No pasa nada,” ella dijo graciosamente, tocando mi brazo, “Soy la mamá de el embajador.”
Casi me muero allí mismo. De todas las personas en esa gran sala, me encontré con la madre de el embajador!
“Oh!” dije yo, cuando encontré mi voz otra vez, “Mucho gusto.”
Ella seguía sonriendo y dijo “pero, soy maestra también.”
“Entonces,” dije, “Yo no estaba totalmente equivocada!”

En cuanto el evento, fue muy divertido.

Había música del “Trío Anaya.”

Me encanta la canción Cielito Lindo.

y había música de Mariachi – “Los Amigos.”

Aquí estoy portandome bien, aunque había tequila y mariachi. (Si no lo crees preguntale a mi amiga bloguera, Mariana. Ella estaba conmigo todo el tiempo! También conocí a Kety Esquivel y otra bloguera que se llama Julie. Todas eran muy amables!)

Miramos este video sobre México que era super bello:

Y claro, había la ceremonia del Grito.

“Entre los individuos, como entre las naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz.” – Benito Juárez

Mi agradecimiento especial a: The Ambassador of Mexico, Arturo Sarukhan and Mrs. Veronica Valencia-Sarukhan, The Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OAS Joel Hernández and Mrs. Socorro Flores, The Mexican Embassy, The Organization of American States, and Kety Esquivel for the invitation.

[ENGLISH TRANSLATION]

Last night I went to the celebration of the Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico. The event was at a really beautiful building near the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. that is called The Organization of American States.

First we ate. (Of course!) There was…

Ceviche and little burritos.

Guacamole.

Little tamales, chiles stuffed with tuna and covered in pomegranate seeds, and different kinds of little empanadas.

To drink there was…

A whole lot of beer, shots of tequila and more – but Carlos told me I had to behave so I only drank horchata.

I had the pleasure of meeting the ambassador to Mexico and his wife.

I also involuntarily had a chat with the ambassador’s mother. What happened was that there was a lady standing near me and she looked a lot like my high school Spanish teacher. Since Washington DC isn’t very far from my old school and this was an event about Mexico and in Spanish, I thought it could very possibly be my teacher.

Well, I found the courage to ask and touched the woman on her arm.
“Excuse me,” I said, “Your surname isn’t S———, is it?”
“No,” the lady said, smiling kindly.
“Oh, pardon me. You look like a teacher I had.”
“No harm done,” she said graciously, touching my arm, “I’m the mother of the ambassador.”
I almost died right there. Of all the people in that big hall, I found the ambassador’s mother!
“Oh!” I said, when I found my voice again, “Nice to meet you.”
She kept smiling, “But, I’m also a teacher.”
“Well then,” I said, “I wasn’t totally wrong!”

As for the event, it was really fun.

There was music by “Trío Anaya.”

I love the song Cielito Lindo.

And there was Mariachi music by “Los Amigos.”

Here I am behaving very well, even though there was tequila and mariachi. (If you don’t believe it, ask my blogger friend, Mariana. She was with me the whole time! I also got to meet Kety Esquivel and another blogger named Julie. All were very nice!)

We watched this video about Mexico that was super pretty.

And of course there was the ceremony for El Grito.

“Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace.” – Benito Juárez

A special thanks to The Ambassador of Mexico, Arturo Sarukhan and Mrs. Veronica Valencia-Sarukhan, The Permanent Representative of Mexico to the OAS Joel Hernández and Mrs. Socorro Flores, The Mexican Embassy, The Organization of American States, and Kety Esquivel for the invitation.

Posted on September 16, 2011, in celebration, Culture, en español, food/drink, holiday, humor, música, Spanish Friday. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Looks like you had a good old time hermana, jaja! Y que bueno que te portaste bien… I would not have been so successful. Hasta me puse un poco tipsy cuando al que le tocaba hablar era a mi – un borracho mero soy, jaja! Not entirely… but I do like my Mexican beer. Thanks for the post :-)

  2. La celebración se ve que estuvo a todo dar! El guacamole me imagino estaba riquísimo. Y me imagino que valió la pena portarte bien porque la horchata tambien se ve bien rica :)

  3. This post made me hungry. How lucky you are to be able to participate in such a fun event. Here is my contribution to Spanish Friday http://rubireyes-lifeinthearmpit.blogspot.com/2011/09/customer-appreciation-day-0916.html

    As always thanks for letting me participate.

  4. What a lovely night! Were there fireworks afterwards like in Mexico?
    The chiles rellenos are funny. In place of chile en nogada?
    Did you meet Julie who writes ‘midwesterner in mexico”? Her blog is hilarious, and I always want to look her up when I’m in el DF but I’m too shy.

  5. How fun!! I couldn’t celebrate El Grito como es debido, but a mi México querido simpre lo llevo en el corazón! Didn’t write a Spanish Friday post this week, but I’m writing a series of posts about Latin American writers to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month. Check it out!!!

  6. What an eventful day and it is so special….. i must say I have always enjoyed Mexican food and now with this post….I am craving for it now.

    Ahh….spanish…I must get some phrases right…the last trip to Sevilla all I can say is Ola nad Gracia…..time to learn a new langugae Pal….. :D

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