Antioquia Mia- Fashion Show Tonight!

Trip Start Aug 30, 2011
Trip End Dec 30, 2011

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Where I stayed
Calle 28- El Mirador del Alpes
What I did
Spanish Class, Lunch with friends, Conversation Club, Fashion Show

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

It seems that my body is adjusting to my schedule and I no longer need to rely on an alarm clock to wake up. This morning I had over an hour and a half to prepare for the day. Mami had already made lunch (steamed and season vegetables) and put it in a container for later in the day. I ate my breakfast in peace and completed a crossword puzzle that Carlos had given the class the day before. With my additional time I go some things organized and study French. I also continued to study on the bus, my test is in three days! I felt more confident after I made flashcards and used Rosetta Stone, yet I still need know more. 
Class was slow again today but my lunch on campus made up for it. I had planned on swimming before eating, but the Water Aerobics class was taking place and I knew the second time around I would need the correct payment to participate. I might have taken a closer look if it wasn't for all props blocking the entrance. Some sort of event was taking place later in the day and huge lights, speakers, wooden frames, etc. were littered all across the lawn. I headed back to the cafeteria and searched for a place to eat. I found Ken, (another German, different from yesterday), Mike (an American, in his fifties), and Camilo (my Colombian tutor). Camilo had just bought lunch from the Mexican stand on campus, Mike and Ken had their cookies and coffee from the bakery on campus, and I was content with my home-cooked veggies. 
 Mike easily kept the conversation going. He started by telling Ken that he read that Germany was printing the German Mark again. Ken and Raleigh (the German from yesterday, now I know his name) are strong advocates for the Euro, but Mike is persistent on getting them to change opinions. He feels Germany should not have to bail out other countries and take on their high expenses. Slowly he is making an impact on the Germans, however, they are still hesitant. Mike continued to converse in a rapid and imperative tone; he is moving all his assets out of America, liquidating all his properties (including a resort in Arkansas), buying overseas, looking to settle in Panama, buying the national currency of silver and gold, and doing what he can to teach his son his successful methods. He has currently left his seventeen year old back in America, after he bought him his own house. I couldn't believe that he had given his, not even of age, son a four bedroom house all to himself but apparently everything is going smoothly. An hour later I had heard most of the details of Mike's life and I had an hour before Conversation Club at two
I ditched the University and made my way to "Unicentro". At the mall there are mini exhibitions from the Natural Science Museum for everyone to enjoy. Optical illusions, a bed of nails to lay on, and equilibrium machine, and other contraptions are usually occupied by intrigued visitors. On my way to Speedo, I made an attempt to accomplish complete equilibrium, having equal weight on each foot. It was much harder than I expected. It made me more conscious of my walking as well. I carefully placed one foot in front of the other and eventually found myself in front of Speedo. I have been wanting some legit swim attire for some time now and with some birthday money from my darling Grandmother I was able to purchase a swim cap and a sleek one piece. To my advantage, the only swim suit I really fancied was half off the original price. Now when I head to the pool I'll look like a pro!
At Conversation Club I was introduced to a new set of internationals; a man from Syria, a man from Russia, a woman from Germany, and a man from Brazil. It puts your Spanish to the test when you have to understand the language with a dash of an Arabic accent. We read an article on the film "Final Destination" and I found it very helpful in understanding context. "Enganar a la muerta" (to cheat death) is a term I'm not very likely to come upon in daily conversation but now I am aware of its existence and will be able to use it if I need to. I was also recommended to watch various Colombian movies that would give me an appreciation for their country's taste in entertainment. The two hours went by quickly and when we all said good bye we used our own language, very cool! 
At home Mami was working on her "munecas" (dolls) for Christmas. She is always at her sewing  machine these days whipping up little snowmen and reindeer that she will sell during the holiday season. While she was creating a felt vest for her snowman, Tati and I were getting ready for the night. 
Tonight is a fashion show featuring Beatriz Camacho, Lina Castillo, and Juan Pablo Socarras. Tati was invited through her school and she was able to get another ticket for me. We both had on our dresses and mascara when we hopped on the moto. The event was taking place at my university, and in fact was the reason for the lawn being covered in parts earlier that day. Inside the "coliseo" (auditorium/basketball court) everything had been transformed. The show was for this upcoming winter and was inspired by the Jungle. The runway extended for about a fifty yards and was lit up like Rockefellar Center's Christmas tree. At the head of the runway was a massive wall of vines, branches, and leaves for the models to enter and exit from. On each side the seats were full of viewers. There must have been over four hundred people. It was amazing! 
The show began with all women's ware. Colors were mostly browns, grays, dark greens, beige, and dark metallics. Flowing fabrics reminded me of the movement in the jungle and the added feathers and chunky accessories added to the collection's depth. There was many crochet or knitted pieces that were accompanied by bulky high heels. There were many outfits that I would wear my self and wanted to buy them after the show! 
Next was all men's wear. Mostly business suits were displayed, but of course they had their trendy flare. Long trench coats, patent pants, leather boots, velvet shoes, and plaid vests all made their debut. I was surprised by the models and how likely it seemed that this was their first show. Some were obviously uncomfortable on the runway and walked very awkwardly, it didn't take away from the clothing but still made an impact. 
Last was my favorite collection. Colors were a bit more varied and had an added elegance. Many open backs and silk gave the collection a feel of romance. The jungle theme was still in play with added "gold leafs" and slight bursts of color. My favorite design of the entire night was a sophisticated, silk, strapless, open back, light gray/silver dress. It tied in the back with leather cords and two gold leafs. Tati told me it was a basic design and if I'm lucky she'll have time to make me one for prom! 
The end was marked with all three designers and fifty models coming on stage. There was an explosion of sparks and confetti, it seemed like the clock had just struck twelve on New Years! It was one of the most fascinating and amazing events I have ever been to. I loved seeing the creativity expressed through clothing and all the various things you can do with a piece of fabric. At home we told Papi and Mami all the details over a cup of tea. I will positively have fashion dreams tonight. 
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Christina lautenberg on

I want a pair of those gold pants!! The fashion show looked like a blast! And I love that you just hop on the motto and go:) soak it all in:)

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