DiploMom and I were very pleased to attend our first Marine Corps Birthday Ball this past Friday. We enjoyed getting dressed up and being able to be there to support and celebrate with the Marines that provide security for the Embassy.
The grounds at the hotel were quite beautiful and provided a wonderful setting for the festivities. We look forward to attending again next year.
Christmas arrived in full effect here in Guatemala City on Saturday night with the lighting of a massively insane Christmas tree, located in the central plaza of the city, Plaza Obelisco.
It is a huge celebration as you can see in the video below from 2011 (one of the better videos I could find and featuring great bird’s-eye views) and it is capped off with a thunderous fireworks display that we could hear and feel from our house. To say it sounded like a raging battle might be a bit of an understatement. After finding this video, we are kind of wishing we had tried to make it, but at least we will have a chance next year.
We had a great afternoon on Saturday back at the Ambassador’s residence for a chili cook-off. The chili entries were delicious and tasted even better with some cold Gallo beer.
We really look forward to these type of events since it is a great opportunity for DiploTot to run around with other kids and there are always other adults ready to entertain her as well.
She was particularly fond of this bench and spent a good bit of time here hanging out before we decided to let her entertain herself with DiploMom’s purse.