As I mentioned in my last post, I was asked to appear on a new show for Channel 9, Colorvision here in the Dominican Republic. The show is to be hosted by Mariasela Alvarez and will go out from Monday to Friday between 10.30 and 11.30 pm. The programme is called "Tonight Mariasela" and will be a variety show which will be entertaining and involving a lot of interaction with the public.
Mariasela won the Miss World title for the DR in 1982, becoming the first Dominican to do so. She has brains as well as beauty, as she is an architect, but changed that career to enter television. She had a programme in 1996 with the same title as now and received the Casandra award four times for the Best Special Programme in Television.
So it was decided to interview me, as a result of this blog and yesterday the team appeared.
They were very professional, and I thought I would just be sitting at a table and being interviewed, but it was not like that! We chatted a little first in the house and then went walkabout. Firstly to the colmado where we had a beer which proved to be very necessary for what followed next.
It was decided that I would ride my pasola with the interviewer behind. The only problem was that I haven't ridden it for over two years, and I was never very good at having a passenger on the back, nor at going round corners. Ten seconds of me driving was enough and the interviewer, whose name I have forgotten, swapped places with me and he took over. He had never ridden a pasola in his life, but Michael Schumacher eat your heart out!
We flew around the barrio at 60 miles an hour, well it felt like that, being filmed all of the way and luckily made it back safe and sound.
All in all it was great fun, although my puppy, Meg was keen to join in on every occasion and tried her best to get in front of the camera whenever she could. Here she is having gone into the rubbish bin in the kitchen and getting the top of the bin stuck round her head. Then she has the nerve to say it wasn't her who went into the bin! No wonder my husband calls her a vira lata!
I think the programme with me in will air a week on Monday, the 22nd, but I will try and post a video of it here.