10.14.2008

Bogotá Wedding Weekend

This weekend Ronnie and I went to Bogotá for one of his friend's wedding. Neither of us had ever been to Colombia, so we were excited about seeing a new country and checking out all the reasons people rave about Colombia. Unfortunately, we still don't know what all the hype is about. The main word I think of when I think about Bogotá (besides FARC) is "industrial". Everything between the airport and our hotel was brick, old, and run down apartment buildings or store fronts. Just not the beauty we expected from the "Emerald City."

Because Bogotá is not the safest city on the planet, they don't recommend just hailing a cab off the street, which made it difficult to get around. We got some suggestions for sightseeing, but unfortunately, because of the weather we couldn't do much of that. Our only free day was Sunday and it was pouring rain most of the day, so we ended up spending most the day in the hotel after going to the mall for lunch. If nothing else, we got some relaxing in.


So, since there wasn't much else to the trip worth blogging about, we'll mainly focus on the wedding!


Thanks to our American Express Priority Pass membership, we're able to use just about any business class airport lounge in the world. This is me enjoying some pre-flight snacks in the Quito VIP lounge.
Our first day in Bogotá, we went to the mall to look for a new dress for me. It was a back tie event and I was a little nervouns about wearing the conservative black dress I borrowed from a friend. Afterall, Colombian weddings are known to be fancy and I didn't want to feel out of place. :) After the mall, we met up with the families of the bride and groom for dinner. We went to a nice Italian restaurant called Tramonti. It is literally built up against a mountain side. This is the bar, the back wall is the acutally the mountain.
From left to right, Ron, myself, Cathy (friend of the grrom's family), Evelyn (the groom's mom), Mike (the groom), Myriam (the bride), Ximena (the bride's niece), Mary and Hector (the bride's parents).The hotel we stayed in was made up of several buildings surrounding a courtyard. There were lots of fountains and flowers throughout the grounds.
In the middle of the courtyard was the small chapel where the ceremony took place.
Before the guests started arriving, we got some pictures. (I love my new dress!)
Ronnie with Mike's mom.
Mike and Ronnie.
Waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle.
The recption started at 8 p.m. and we were told it was scheduled until 2 a.m.!After dinner was served, the band really got going and the dancing started. The flower girls weren't too fond of the lound music.
Ronnie cuttin' a rug with Mike's mom.At around midnight, the bride and groom really got the party going "carnaval"-style. Lots of props, noisemakers, and confetti.


The wedding was wonderful and we're still glad we made the trip to be a part of it.
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