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One thing leads to another ... 2 PDF
Monday, 08 February 2010 00:00
 

  altAfter our chance meeting with Candy and Carlos at a picnic area in Tenerife in February 1991 and subsequent time spent with them during that week, we kept in touch, as we had promised to do.  Imagine our surprise when we got an invitation to attend their wedding in April that year?

That’s really nice, we thought.  Shall we go?  Why not?  We’d enjoyed our first visit to the largest island in the Canaries group, so we booked flights for another week on the island.  The dates coincided with the Easter holidays, so there was no problem with taking the kids out of school.
On the day of the wedding, in La Orotava in the north of the island, we dressed up in our finery and went off to the church.  Candy looked beautiful in her cream dress and Carlos too in his matador-style bolero.  There seemed like hundreds of people milling around, including a couple of cameramen who were filming the whole process for a video, something I’d never seen at a wedding before.
After the service, we all repaired to one of those vast sheds you see outside of towns which are specifically for celebrations like weddings, baptisms, etc.  There were hundreds of us.  We had expected all along to be peripheral to the proceedings – after all, we were foreign and we’d only met the couple two months before.
Not a bit of it!  We were placed on the top table beside the bride and groom!  We were really made a fuss of which was very touching!  The meal was a great occasion with much drinking and talking.
Then it was time for the novios to head to the airport to go on honeymoon.  As is the tradition we went to the church of the Virgin Mary in the village of Candelaria (Candy’s full name) to bless the marriage, before heading back to our holiday apartment.
What a fantastic day we had had.  A great experience for the children and for us.  It just goes to show, doesn’t it?  And all because I offered to take a photo one Sunday afternoon at a picnic area in Tenerife...
 

 

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Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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