Todos Santos Continued....
Okay one more quick post---- the family who lives on the ground floor of my building very generously invited me to come with them to visit their father/grandfather's grave on Thursday, as virtually all people do on Nov. 2, to pay repects, remember, hang out and acknowledge their dead.
As we got closer to the cemetary, A fair popped up, and there were TONS of people milling about--- I didn't know Huancavelica had so many people!! :) There were games, small rides for kids, and lots and lots of food. As we made our way through the fair to the cemetary, we were shoulder to shoulder and back to front--- packed! We finally fot in and found Maria's fathers grave (which she had freshly painted and adorned with flowers and candles the day before). We sat for a while, and then decided to brave the crowds to do a little tour to check out what turned out to be a HUGE cemetary! And packed full of people sitting around their ancestors graves eating, drinking (beer more than pop), kids playing, vendors milling about selling stuff, everything covered with flowers and candles. It was great!
After Maria and I left the cemetary, we stopped in one of the food stalls to grab a serving of picarrones--- fried dough rings in a sweet syrup. DELICIOUS! And as we sat under the tarp waiting for our serving, it started hailing like crazy!! So here we are, in a smoky room-ish thing made of tarps, eating sweet fried dough, listening to the pelt of hail and watching those unable to find a place to escape the ice running past us. Pretty awesome!
Anyway, wanted to record the memory for posterity... quite a unique and memorable experience.