Just as I expected, the Christopher Columbus Cemetery was breathtaking. Our tour guide was fantastic and didn’t make walking through an absolutely massive cemetery depressing in any way. I thought it was interesting that everything was above ground, since I’ve never seen a cemetery like that in the US. There were a lot of gorgeous statues that obviously took a great deal of time and artistry and were well taken care of. The memorial to the firefighters was one of my favorite parts and I thought that was a great way to honor them.
Seeing the dance performance was another highlight of the day. I appreciated how the dancers explained each of their characters beforehand so we could better understand who they were and how that influenced their dancing. I bought an awesome painting and they told me that the goddess depicted in it is the feminist leader. I am planning on buying a frame for it over break so I can hang it in my room.
Easily one of my favorite places from the entire week was when we visited the art museum in Miramar. I was blown away at how extensive the artwork was and how much it spread out from the one building. It was all unique as well and different from any other art style I’ve seen. The best part was going all the way up to the top and seeing the view. It showed how all of the art interacted and worked together to form the whole experience and better showed how unique each portion is from the others. There were some shops on the same street that we were able to look at and some of them were similar to the market. However, there was one art shop that I really liked. I saw a painting on a record that I loved, but ended up not buying it because I was still trying to work out my budget.
I enjoyed lunch a lot, and dinner was the first time we were on our own for a meal. A group of us went to a place called La Cocinita near the hotel, and I really liked it. I had the fried chicken with cake for dessert. There was also a little dog who followed us around the whole evening and she was really cute.
The movie for the night was called The Summit. The theater we saw it in was my least favorite of the trip because there was no leg room, so I was uncomfortable for most of the time there. This film was my least favorite of the week. There were unfortunately no English subtitles, and the film was pretty difficult to follow without them. Right away I could tell it was a political film, which is often difficult to get the gist of the story in visuals only. Thankfully, there was one scene in English about halfway through with Christian Slater. That’s where I was finally able to catch up a bit and figure out the basics of what was happening.