That’s right! Our facilitator finagled us a last-minute-before-Christmas ENCUENTRO date less than 24 hours after we’re going to be landing in Bogota. It’s going to be a really joyful Christmas for us this year!
In the last post I referred to myself as the luckiest girl in the world because we got to see In the Heights last Thursday. In the Heights was AMAZING and I thought it would be the highlight of our trip until Arnold and I won FIRST ROW TICKETS to see the Broadway Revival of West Side Story at the Palace Theater.
Now I don’t even know what to say about the blessings heaped in my lap. There aren’t words.
In New York everything was so magical for us, it was like a second honeymoon. One where we slept on the floor of someone’s apartment but still everything was so romantic, it seemed almost magical. I knew Arnold would love New York and I was right. We had the most fun ever, so when he suggested that we go find out how much the nosebleed seats were for West Side Story I said “Why not?” Two musicals in one week seemed normal after two days in NY.
When we got there it was 5 minutes before the daily lottery. Two hours before the show you can submit your name and if called you get to buy two first row tickets for $25 each. To compare, these tickets would normally cost $300… each. And when we entered the raffle I turned to him and said “We’re going to win, I know it!” And when they pulled the last ticket out of the hat it was my name they called. I wept with joy I was so happy. And it was maybe one of the best productions I’ve ever seen. The dancing was tight, the singing was beautiful and the story is timeless. It was a once in a lifetime experience.
Update: This was so wonderful! I “might” have cried at the end and Arnold has been jabbering about it non-stop since we saw it. It also cemented my lingering belief that I was really meant to be born a sassy Nuyorican girl with a Bronx accent. Seriously though, with Elian on the way I have an even greater stake than ever in art that tells Latino stories. Please, if you get the chance, go see it!
This is my month of Tony Awards wish-fulfillment. Gonna see it tonight! Am totally luckiest girl in the world.
Okay, pity party is officially over now because I’m in Philly having way too much fun to waste time feeling sorry for myself. Did I ever mention that I got accepted to present at the big annual conference for my profession? Oh I didn’t? Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. Yesterday’s keynote speaker was the SURGEON GENERAL OF THE USA. So awesome. And I get to do this in Philadelphia. Even better! More to come on Philly but until then I leave you a picture of the most beautiful people in Philly: my cousin Monica and her son Dean.
Blogging is kind of a weird method of communication. You just sit around in your jammies “publishing” your opinions and thoughts about life or stuff and then people read it! Mostly at their office, but sometimes sitting around in their jammies too. And a lot of the time the things people find interesting or notable is the stuff that I think would most bore other people. Case in point: Nutella. Since she joined Casa Perez people have been asking and asking for more pictures of Nutella. Skip your dumb descriptions of your swimming lesson triumphs, we want more PUPPY!
Another surprisingly popular topic was Mr. Rogers! Who knew? I was kind of embarrassed that I think he’s so cool but apparently tons of people are into Mr. Rogers and more than I realize are reading the blog because last week Dahlia showed up at my doorstep with a Mr. Rogers Biography! Squee! Presents!
I love the cover design. Sweaters and ties never looked so heroic. I was of course completely enthralled because I like Mr. Rogers, Dahlia and getting gifts. I especially like getting Mr. Roger’s themed gifts from Dahlia for absolutely no reason.