On December 11, Ian and I attended the annual railroad workers end-of-year party. It was everything I'd been promised: an amazing location; excellent food and drink; lots of important people; and pretty girls, dressed identically and imported for the event. The event was in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, a 1930s-era museum of Mexican art and culture in the heart of the central historical district.
The party opened with about 90 minutes of music. There was a small orchestra with one of the best conductors I've ever had the pleasure to watch, a very talented Mexican mezzo-soprano, and a Cuban quintet. They performed a great selection of music. I don't think there were more than three songs from any one genre.
They also took photos of guests as part of the swag, but I can't get them into the right format to post. We looked awesome - you'll just have to take my word for it until you come visit, then you can decide for yourselves!
The invitation arrived like this. Keep reading to see what the actual invitation looked like. Anybody planning a wedding might want to take note.
The invitation itself is a 3D photo of the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the site of the party. On the base is a plaque with my name and title engraved on it.
The back of the invitation box: it's a train, lest we forget the reason for the party!
And the invitation itself. It's a book with a ribbon tie and hand-written invitation.
And they gave everybody a crystal-and-mirrors train as a souvenir. It's quite heavy. STFRM stands for Sindicato de Trabajadores Ferrocarrileros de la Republica Mexican - Union of Railway Workers of the Mexican Republic.