Yesterday was one of the fullest and most fun days that we've had so far. It began very early: 4:40 AM. For Good Friday, all of the churches here hold a passion play/procession. San Jose Obrero is the Augustinian church and runs the school where Britt teaches so we went there. The students have been practicing and perfecting this pageant for months now. They wore beautiful and brightly colored costumes and tried to be as serious as possible. The only thing that I didn't like about the over 2 hour long experience was that when the Roman soldiers beat Jesus- they REALLY beat him! This poor kid was bleeding all over the place from the wounds. It was, however, amazing to walk through the streets with them and eventually end up high on one of the city's hills. At times I felt like I was in a living Gospel.
|The beginning of the procession|
|Jesus on the cross. The guy on the right in the black cassock is Pdr. Juan Carlos|
|Climbing down the hill afterwards|
After a short rest, we headed to the bus station with our friend Italo. The bus ride offered us a nap and brought us to Piura where we jumped in a taxi bound for Catacaos. Only a fifteen minute drive outside of Piura, this small city is best known for its Semana Santa festivities. The streets were packed with people all there to enjoy the traditional fish meals, to play the carnival games, to shop in the artesian market, to watch the street performers, to see the beautiful wood chip drawings, and to touch the revered image of Jesus held in the cathedral. It was so much fun! Oddly enough, we ran into Jocelyn and Micah again!!! It's a small world after all- you ain't kidding! After spending the entire day in Catacaos. we went back to Piura and Italo showed us around the city's center. All in all, it was an exhausting and wonderful day!
|Mallarabia: a traditional Easter dish|
|Britt, Chantelle, and Italo|
|Chicharrones, fried fish bites... mmmmm|
|Ceviche! Raw white fish, cooked with lemon juice and served with onions, sweet potato, corn, and yucca!|
|The cathedral in Catacaos|
|We got bracelets!|
|The wood shavings/flower images|
|That's right... we found a llama. Se llama llama|
|Foosball!!! Italo was stoked|
|This is not connected at all, but I finally baked bread here! It's heart shaped!|
May your days be long, holy, full of friends, and foosball. Love you!