COLOMBIA, South America: Bogota.
2011 has been internationally proclaimed the year we celebrate people of African Descents and from that, the first Afro-Colombian Festival was created by Jenny for the Anna Perenna Fondation. The American Embassy is working with them and invite me as a Cultural Ambassador to promote American cultural and cultural exchange. Really? They must have me confused with someone else...but I'll go with it. WTH?
I am also going to South America to check on my 87 year old Uncle Charles who has been ill. He and my Aunt Helen met and married in Colombia in the early 60's when they were both working as volunteers for the Ba'hai.
|Uncle Charles, 1961 Colombia|
(upper left, yes left!)
|From my hotel balcony|
How do I celebrate my first full day in Bogota? I go shopping! Off to the mall.
Very nice. I like it, especially since there are
No Starbucks but lots of Juan Valdez Cafes.
|This is a bank?!|
|Hey that's my name!|
|BA & Susy Guevara|
We have a wonderful panel that is discussing Black images and the importance of controlling them.
African folk dance closes opening night.
Everyone has a great time!
|One of the bank sponsors|
|BA & Kidist with Karent Hinestroza,|
a well known actress in Colombia
|Two young youth workers doing their parts|
|Susy Guevara with both her parents.|
|Jenny 'gifts' me this beautiful necklace.|
The designer is on the left.
After we leave the bank we go out to dinner and dancing.
|Jenny dancing with her two girls, Jessica and Susy.|
This family knows how to party!
At the restaurant they bring a huge bag to the table for us to put our valuables in (purses, computers etc,) then it’s locked and you are given the key.
|Carmine, one of the organizers.|
|Kidist and Jessica.|
Everyone loves Kidist!
|Kidist and Jenny.|
|Antonio & Jenny|