One of the great things about living in Austin was the multitude of free events; musical, artistic, weird, what have you. It was one of the ways the hubs and I helped to build our nest egg quickly. Our entertainment budget was pretty large before we started saving for our move. Being able to still enjoy events without the cost helped us keep our sanity while buckling down on the budget.
We still enjoy free events even though we’re living abroad now. We take every opportunity we can to find out when the local events are and head to them for entertainment. Most recently, we went to an Art in the Park event in La Chorrera. It was pretty neat.
Heading to the event at the largest park in La Chorrera, Parque Libertador, nearing sundown, we saw a few individuals reading their poetry to onlookers, a band setting up, and the local children playing. Artists, writers, and community leaders had setup a corner of a walled area with their paintings and literature from almost seemingly random genres.
As the poets finished reading and community leaders made announcements, the hubs and I ran across the street to try a new food stand that we’d been eyeing for the last couple months (you’ll read about that experience pretty soon). Crossing traffic to head back to the park, we arrived just as the announcements were over and the band was beginning to sing.
We got to hear songs like Blondie’s ‘Call Me’ and other ‘80s and ‘90s hits. We actually heard more American music than Spanish. That really surprised me but was über cool none the less. It makes you feel a little closer to home when you know that people get excited about the same classics you enjoyed while growing up. There was even a toddler getting down to the music as his father encouraged him to shake his hips with a little more swagger. I’m sure that band has their youngest groupie ever!
While the band played there were tons of kids playing in the park. It’s a scene I haven’t been able to appreciate since video games have taken over this latest generation. Children were jump roping with real rope! I couldn’t believe it. As they would line up in their single file lines to jump rope in synchronization, I wanted to jump in with them.
Alas, I remember my last jump roping fiasco with my trainer in Austin. I do much better at pretending to jump rope during warm-up than actually having one in my hands.
There were a multitude of teen boys trying to show off their skateboarding skills to the teenybopper girls that were laughing and chatting loudly with each other, doing a ridiculously poor job of ignoring the clumsy boys.
On the other side of the park I could see the drum line of one of the local high school marching bands practicing with friends break dancing to the music around them. It was really far away and my lens doesn’t zoom that far, otherwise I would’ve taken some pictures.
This was our first free event in La Chorrera and it didn’t disappoint. We had a great time and are looking forward to the next Art in the Park event! (By the way, this was another smart phone picture day, so I apoligize for the quality of the photos)