Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone! While it was strange to spend the holiday in another country that doesn’t celebrate this holiday, we have a lot to be thankful for and were able to have a nice day. We got together with some Fulbright friends in the evening for the occasion and brought a couple of dishes. However, they were not the dishes we intended! We WANTED to bring green bean casserole and candied sweet potatoes, but could not find crucial ingredients, namely french fried onions and sweet potatoes. They have a vegetable here that seems similar to sweet potatoes and is used to make a dulce (candy), but they are white inside with purple skin and are called camotes.
Alas, even though the supermarkets in our barrio DID have a “Thanksgiving foods” area, neither of these items were there (though we did stock up on canned pumpkin and cranberry sauce for Christmas!). Instead, we just brought regular green beans and Jeff’s famous noodle kugel.
On Friday, we both had a lot of things going on. Jeff had a gig Friday-Sunday in Cuernavaca (in the state of Morelos) with an opera group, so he was gone to his rehearsal for most of the day. I also had a performance, for an open seminar class at the school presenting a few of the works of composer Mario Lavista. Four of Mario’s pieces were performed and he was there to talk about each one. He is an extremely popular and influential composer here and the room was packed! I played his piece for solo alto flute, Nocturno.
Later that evening, I was really excited to be able to see one of my favorite singers live in the Auditorio Nacional, Lila Downs!
Lila Downs is an amazing Mexican-American singer who has one of the most incredible voices I’ve ever heard. A few months ago, me and a few other Fulbright people discovered that we all really liked her and when we saw that she was coming to D.F., we had to get tickets. It was a great concert and in a great space!
And here is a video of Lila in case you have never heard her:
P.S. If you’re curious, in Mexico, the turkey says: gluglú 🙂