Idalia came home from the market this morning and said there was a whole bunch of people from Asia here! Candies that were really pretty wrapped in pretty paper … kimono clad women …
I had to check it out.
Sure enough. There was a group of people singing on the bandshell stage in the park (Christmas songs) – there were a bunch of little centers set up with games, things to sell, origami making, calligraphy … foods including okonomiyaki and sushi. Amazing. And a bit surreal.
I got in line for the okonomiyaki (a Japanese pupusa is what they called it - I imagine to make it tempting to people here) … it is a mixture of beaten egg, cabbage, little shrimps, hamburger meat and it is plopped onto a griddle in a heap and when it is flipped and flopped and well cooked, it resembles hash browned potatoes. Kinda yummy but didn't taste like how I remembered when I’ve had it at Japanese restaurants back in the States. But – like my Thanksgiving dinner a couple of years back – you gotta work with what you can find in the ‘stores’ on the street here for the right ingredients.
I bought 10 portions at 50 cents each. I ran into Manuel and Fermín who were getting one for Father Cándido – I treated them to two each (big spender, me) and bought 6 more to bring back to the Pastoral House for whoever wanted to try them.
It was a fun morning. I spent about an hour and a half enjoying talking to people, taking pictures and waiting in a long food line!
I got back to the house just as our truck was being returned. Cecilia and I had dropped it off down the street beyond the cemetery to get the bed repaired. It was squeaking and rubbing … the bolts and bushings needed replacing. So… $20 poorer – we are good to go.
I’ll be anxious to drive it to see how it sounds. Poor thing carries a LOT of weight on a semi regular basis. No wonder it was complaining!
The rest of the day passed slowly.
I think I’ll pull the guitar out of the case and play a little. I’d like to toughen up my fingers. I do find it relaxing. And thanks to Mike for buying, and the Ankeny group for schlepping – the guitar has all new strings. It sounds pretty nice. Unless my fingers get tired and squeak!
|Taking a break!|
|Not sure what this game was but the children were having fun|
|A board game about the environment|
|All morning this man made the Okonomiyaki|
|She was a cockroach! But not near the food! haha|
|Okonomiyaki in the raw ... and next to it - almost done!|
|Brave girls trying the "Japanese Pupusa"|
|Our Japanese visitors|