Invited to a gala reception aboard the four-masted tall ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano

The Spanish Consul General in New York, Juan Ramón Martínez Salazar, and the Commander of the Training Ship Juan Sebastián de Elcano invited my wife and I to a gala reception aboard the beautiful sail ship (the third largest four-masted tall ship in the world, built in 1927), which is currently docked in New York’s pier 88.

It turned out to be a spectacular evening. The vessel was filled with celebrities: military, politicians with their secret service bodyguards, diplomats, sports, business and entertainment people. The military band played a medley of very Spanish tunes, and there was no shortage of Ibérico ham, Ribera del Duero red wine, and arroz a banda rice, among other typical delicacies.

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