Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cozumel--Day 1

We met up with Brian and Elise at the Houston airport and had lunch at Pappasitos (great Houston Airport restaurant). We then took a flight to Cozumel, Mexico. We were able to get two big suites with king beds on the main floor and two double beds on an upper floor. Each room has a HUGE hot tub in it. You can easily fit four people in the hot tub.

Brooke raced to the room to get into the hot tub AND to order chocolate mousse cake from room service (we have all inclusive benefits so our kids can order food all day and night!). You can see her enjoying her cake :-)

We also headed for one of Greg's favorite restaurants...La Choza. Greg has been joking with Brent that he was going to have the La Choza mariachi's sing his new favorite mariachi song: Guantanamera. You can see Brent (and the rest of the gang's) response in the video.

"Guantanamera" ("girl from Guantánamo") is perhaps the best known Cuban song and that country's most noted patriotic song.The original lyrics to the song, as written by José Fernández, relate to a particular woman from Guantánamo, with whom he had a romantic relationship, and who — if the lyrics are to be believed — eventually left him. The alleged real story behind these lyrics (or at least one of many versions of the song's origin that Fernández suggested during his lifetime) is that she did not have a romantic interest in him, but merely a platonic one. If the details are to be believed, she had brought him a steak sandwich one day as a present to the radio station he worked at, he stared at some other woman (and made a pass at her) while eating the sandwich, and his friend yanked it out of his hands in disgust, cursed him and left. He never saw her again. These words are rarely sung today.

The history behind the chorus and its lyrics ("Guantanamera … / Guajira Guantanamera …") is quite similar to this one: García was at a street corner with a group of friends, and made a courteous pass (a "piropo", in Spanish) to a woman (who also happened to be from Guantánamo) who walked by the group, and answered back rather harshly, offended by the pass. Stunned, he could not take his mind off her reaction while his friends made fun of him; later that day, sitting at a piano with his friends next to him, he wrote the song's main refrain.


2 comments:

Kim said...

brooke is my kind of girl!!!!

Cheryl J. said...

I know...On day three she ordered THREE chocolate cakes to share with the family and they brought us FIVE for some reason.