Good evening people,

This place was nuts for being election day.  To me, it seemed like a big party and people gathered on the streets and a lot of cheering and chanting…kind of cool.  Peaceful stuff, don’t get me wrong but when is the last time you saw people gather on the streets at home celebrating or routing for their candidate?  I guess I’ve never seen it.

We all woke up at 8:30 t0day…IT WAS WONDERFUL!!  For Clau and I, we needed it since we stayed up late watching a movie.  That was rather fun to be honest.  We really don’t do that often enough.  So 8:30?!  Mariana woke up first and then she came in the room and tried to get us up to make her breakfast.  That usually gets her in trouble because when we have sprung from bed to feed her…the food sits on her plate and gets cold.  So we don’t fall for that any more.  But, once rejected, she left the room back to her own and made enough noise to wake lil’ man.  It was bound to happen real soon anyway.  Obviously today is Sunday so we got up and made some coffee and a light breakfast for the kids and ate out on the patio.  I am really going to miss that when we leave.  That is by far my favorite part of the day, sitting out there in our pj’s and yapping or planning the day.  Mass wasn’t until noon, but we were going up to the in laws at Santa Rosa, an hour drive from here.  But we had plenty of time, right?  Well, we enjoyed our time outside a bit too much and ended up scrambling in the end to get there.  Traffic was no fun, a ton of cops out and people on the streets going to vote.  It was nuts.  We did make it to mass and were finding our seats when the opening blessing happened.  Whew!  I really don’t like being late for church!!!  Which is really bad at home because as most of you know, we live right next door to the church.  Being late is really unacceptable!

Santi was an angel in church.  He slept in the car a majority of the ride and was fresh when we walked in and found grandma & grandpa.  We all took turns holding him as he eventually got restless for all of us and had to move on.  Funny story walking into mass.  Since we were in a hurry, I had Santi in the stroller walking pretty fast to get in, Claudia and Mariana were walking about 10 feet behind me.  As we approached the church, 2 ladies talking to each other notice the big weird looking gringo walking their direction.  They look down at Santiago and say “oh, look at the beautiful baby boy” then look at me.  Suddenly, they look very confused.  Ok, all you mean people who are thinking about saying that Santi is beautiful and I am everything BUT beautiful…that’s not nice and shame on you!  Seriously, we have seen this a few times already.  Obviously, my son’s skin tone is considerably darker than my own and I really think it threw the ladies off and they were confused.  Then, looking behind me they saw Claudia and Mariana.  Claudia said at that moment, the lady put it together and the confusion left her face.  It is hilarious watching the looks on peoples faces trying to figure it out.  When we are with Claudia’s parents, it is still funny.  Claudia’s dad is very dark skinned and you can see people trying to see who the baby looks most like.

Afternoon was spent with the in laws.  An awesome lunch, just sitting around yapping.  Later in afternoon, when Santi was taking another nap, we decided to run into town and take care of our grocery shopping.  While there, something funny that I noticed that I wanted to share with you all…but it ended up getting me in trouble.  I’ve been having an awful time keeping out of trouble on this trip.

Colombians see what happened in Minnesota with Jesse Ventura getting elected and immediately created this law!

Colombians saw what happened in Minnesota with Jesse Ventura getting elected and immediately created this law!

Apparently, on election day, no liquor sales OR consumption are allowed.  I thought this was funny but not really mocking Colombia.  Who are we to judge as Minnesotans, there are no liquor sales in our state at all on Sunday.  But while taking this illegal contraband picture, store security approached me saying “no photos of election related stuff.”  I must of looked really confused.  He asked, “You don’t understand, do you?”.  I said, “No, I understand…I just don’t understand…how is this election related?”.  I honestly don’t think he could explain so he just walked away. I stood there, still confused wondering how it was that the security guard from this grocery store in the obscure town of Santa Rosa ended up being in charge of national security for elections?!  Just my luck.  Who else can I annoy on this trip?  However, I think it is a phenomenal idea.  How many a drunk college student woke up the next morning saying “I voted for who?!” the day Jesse Ventura was elected.  Haha…just kidding all of you who may have voted for Jesse…just a bit of political humor.

Other than that, it really was uneventful.  Rainy day again so not a lot of outdoor fun.  I didn’t have any pictures of Santi today.  My father in law took one of Claudia and the kids in the hammock that was really nice but it never made it to me.  I’ll have to check on that next time we see them.  So today’s photos are going to be of some that I took inside the church after mass.  Wes play time with my camera.  Unfortunately, they turned the lights out immediately after mass while I was going back to the car for my camera.  I did what I could.  Hope you enjoy some of them.

Our Lady of Victories

Our Lady of Victories

Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia

Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia

Cathedral of Santa Rosa

Cathedral of Santa Rosa

Altar of Our Lady of Victories Santa Rosa de Cabal

Altar of Our Lady of Victories Santa Rosa de Cabal

Stations of the cross stained glass Santa Rosa

Stations of the cross stained glass Santa Rosa

And my favorite from today…Just like the light coming through the window

Cross above the altar, Santa Rosa

Cross above the altar, Santa Rosa

One last photo, note the Jeep Willy, a traditional vehicle used by coffee growers to bring their beans to market.  This one has been converted into a coffee shop.  Really cool!

Jeep Willy coffee shop

Jeep Willy coffee shop

The best!

Good night.