Saturday, April 19, 2008

San Antonio Update

Was a blast! Here's a brief synopsis of the trip.

Wednesday night: Open Bar Welcome Reception, Patron shots through a giant rectangular ice sculpture, need I say more? Afterwards hung out on the river at a cute little Irish bar with colleagues and an agency client, sitting outside on the patio. Very fun!

Thursday: All day conference, meeting with an agency, and finally a wonderful reception at The Alameda Museum. Open Bar, buffet dinner and we got to see the first floor. Great Celia Cruz exhibit. Afterwards went to Mi Tierra with colleagues from the Dallas paper. Rey played golf during the day and met up with me before the reception.

Friday: Half day conference, went to visit the San Antonio paper, and then went back to The Alameda Museum on my own to see the second floor, that was closed the day prior at our reception. Hung out a Market Square for a little while waiting for Rey to come and pick me up. He was playing golf.

There was a lot of activity in the square because it was the beginning of Fiesta, a very unique yearly celebration in San Antonio. It's a celebration remembering the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle at San Jacinto. Had dinner on the River then met up with Rey's brother for drinks.

Saturday: Woke up late, checked out of the hotel, and went to see Rey's grandparents. Had brunch with his grandpa. Very funny and interesting man. Went back downtown before leaving SA and stopped by Starbucks. They have a really cool Starbucks that is one of its first in the nation. You can listen to different CDs and you can burn your own CD.

On the way Downtown we saw the King William neighborhood and I told Rey I've always wanted to see the houses there because they are beautiful and many of them are historical. And guess whose house we saw? Sandra Cisneros' house! He said he'd heard it isn't purple anymore. It's bright pink and she has wonderful art all over the place, even painted on the mailbox. She was home too! Her little SUV with her "Ay Tu" license plates was parked in her carport. It looked like she and someone else were working on the yard. She has cactus plants growing all over the place and wild flowers.

I felt like such a crazy tourist doing that. Of course I would never get off my car to go and say hello or anything, but it was fun and it was really cool to see where she lives.

The funny thing is that when I came home and told my in-laws about it they told me they used to live on the same street years ago. Of course years before Sandra Cisneros, but still it was funny to think that they lived on the same street at one time. Small world!

Today we're home and back to reality. It was a great break!


Coco said...

It sounds like a wonderful trip.
You know, I've never been to TX...
I must get out there sometime. Hopefully, soon! : )

Un fuerte y caluroso abrazo.


The Moose said...

Glad you had fun!