Who would have thunk that perhaps the best 4th of July of my life was spent outside the United States? It’s true. I had the distinct pleasure of having an invite to the Independence Day celebration at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá. The embassy is the second or third largest U.S. mission in the world (no one seems to agree on whether it goes 1. Iraq, 2. India, 3. Colombia, or Iraq-Colombia-India) — and the party was befitting of the compound’s massive size. Various American companies doing business in Colombia were on hand with giveaways (as well as cool local brewer Bogotá Beer Company) but the coolest part of the night was the 30-minute long fireworks show, perfectly choreographed to a score that included classics like “Hail to the Chief” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
Here I am with my Bogotá BFF David, wearing the party decorations.
An emerging Colombian rock band (I believe they are called “Momento”) performed a, well, rocking set!
Some on-site refreshments!