Last night we had the thrill of going to a Mexican fiesta. It was put on by the university and was for all the study abroad groups attending the UDLA - Universidad de las Americas. The only caveat was the we had to "wear" something Mexican. As you can widely imagine, the cadets showed up wearing everything from thoughts of something Mexican to a full-fledged mariachi outfit (spurs included). We also had the pleasure of hearing Cadet Valentin Boza give the crowd of hundreds a live rendition of "Besame mucho." It left the ladies drooling and the men stunned with jealousy.
The fiesta came complete with a live band, great food like tacos arabes (a cadet favorite), tamales, churros, mexican punch (hot apple cider), horchata (a rice based drink) and cerveza. There was also a dance contest, which the Citadel came away with a resounding win thanks to the fancy footwork and "sweet moves" of Cadet Rodney Ferguson. There was also a costume contest that we should have won as well, however, given typical university political correctness and hyperbolic standards of fairness we were robbed of the costume crown!! Take a look at the pictures and you decide.
Dr. Zane U. Segle