My bedroom in America is the resting place for all kinds of relics and trinkets that I’ve amassed in my 26 years. I still cherish my gymnastics ribbons and trophies, keep framed pictures of early high school memories and a ribbon commemorating my perfect tests scores in Spanish class dangles from a bulletin board above my desk. I can’t say I’ve never won anything in my life, but I recently was awarded top photo honors from a photography contest hosted by Spanish food import company, La Tienda. While in America, I typically salivate over their selection of Iberian hams and patés.
So, in the days leading up to my birthday, I wanted to surprise Bri and Meag my having as Spanish of a fiesta as I could manage: sevillanas, Spanish flag, a few choice foods, and manzanilla. Had I brought my flamenco dress with me, it likely would have been waiting on my body for Bri at the airport! But I couldn’t resist shopping La Tienda to see if there was something extra special I could buy for them.
Instead, I got sidetracked with their Spanish memories photography contest thru Facebook. I submitted and, well, forgot all about it. Tuesday, I received a message which stated that I was the winner, and my photo received more than 25 “likes” and people touting my shot of young girls in flamenco dresses against a menacing grey sky in the comments box. Sadly, the $80 gift basket will be given to a relative from mine, as they don’t ship to Spain.
But, hey! I get all of that comida goodness on a daily basis, so I will be raising a glass of wine to myself later tonight anyway. Enjoy the goods, Uncle Bob!
Have you ever won a contest? Was your prize the coolest thing ever?