Pro-Tip: Gringo dudes getting married in Peru

So you’re standing in front of a church half-full of people you barely know, waiting for your sweetie to walk down the aisle. Your sweetie doesn’t show up and you recognize only a few of your sweetie’s family members – most of the ones you know aren’t there. Then the priest enters and starts his Mass, which you barely understand due to your limited Spanish. People are kneeling and praying and you generally have no clue what’s going on except that everyone is mostly ignoring you and your sweetie isn’t there.

Pro-Tip: THIS IS NORMAL!

You see, the only things that generally run on time in Peru are the Catholic Church and an occasional airline flight. The priest probably has 3 or 4 weddings scheduled on that beautiful day and if he were to wait for the bride, the last wedding would be 3 hours late. Just sit tight and about 2/3 through the mass, the church now full instead of half-full, your sweetie will show up, the priest will stop what he’s doing and your sweetie will walk down the aisle. Then everything goes on but at least you now have your sweetie who can translate for you.

whew.

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We were invited to a friend’s wedding last week at the “Sistene Chapel of South America”, a small church about an hour outside of Cuzco with ceilings painted in the style of the Sistene Chapel. I’m a bad picture-taker but it’s absolutely beautiful. If you’re visiting Cuzco, don’t miss it.

Church of  San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, Sistene Chapel of South America

Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, known as the Sistene Chapel of South America

Peruvian wedding

Patricia’s friend Helvi got married yesterday, here are some pictures from the wedding:

Weddings in Peru are fun, of course, with food, drinks, and lots of family and friends. Helvi’s wedding was at a rural resort about 45 minutes outside of Cusco, the “Trinidad Resort Hotel”, a converted textile factory in Lucre. I really enjoyed the outdoor setting. There were also entertainers, which explains the masks and balloons 😉

Despite the mix of champagne, Pisco Sour, cerveza, vino and whiskey, I behaved reasonably well – until the DJ put on rock ‘n roll music.

You have to understand… I like the Latin music that is typically played at weddings and parties in Peru, but I’m a nut when it comes to rock ‘n roll. Due to the – ahem – state Patricia is in, she wisely chose not to dance rock ‘n roll with me (or maybe she doesn’t like how I dance?), so I made a big scene with the bride. I figured as the only gringo at the entire party, I had to dance to gringo music!

“Many dreams come true, and some have silver lining
I live for my dream, and a pocket full of gold”

(from Led Zeppelin, “Over the hills and far away”)

The wedding was great, all the best to Helvi y Fitzgerald!!!