Friday, March 4, 2011

Chicken bus to the ballet.....and green bellies...

Where is everyone?

This "semana pasado" being my birthday week, I found a great present to ask for.  Ballet Hispanico - out of NYC - was performing in Antigua!  Jack is not a ballet fan, but agreed to take me for my birthday present.  And yes, we took a chicken bus to the venue!  It was at a beautiful old hermitage - Ermitage de la Santa Cruz - just outside of town, set against the mountain and in crumbling ruins.  "Tiempo Chapin" - Guatemalan time - was out in force.  The ballet was to start at 6:00.  At 5:50 there was NO ONE there but us.  At 6:30, the ballet started!  It was a wonderful performance and a beautiful evening and setting.  Even Jack liked it!

Then, Thursday night, we went out to dinner for my birthday at Panza Verde - literally "green bellies."  This is what other Guatemalans call Antiguans because they eat so many avocados.  It was a really nice meal - the first fancy restaurant we've been to here - and after dinner, the entertainment was Senor Ignacio, whose father was original members of the Buena Vista Social Club - and he began playing with them at the age of six.  Cuban jazz at it's best.

A birthday to remember!

Chicken bus to the ballet

Latin dance number

Ermitage de la Santa Cruz
Dinner at Panza Verde

Senor Ignacio in action

Good to have an armed guard at the ballet!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so jealous that you got to see something (especially the ballet) amongst the ruins! I always wanted to do that. And of course Panza Verde is the best and Sr. Ignacio is worth the cover charge on a Thursday night! I think we sat at that very same table on our first visit. You guys are living the life!