Friday, March 21, 2008


Santa Rosa de Copán is one of a number of towns in the Spanish-speaking world where they have a series of processions during Holy Week, or Semana Santa as it is known in Spanish. I saw this in Spain during Lent 2000 and have now seen it here this year. (Last year I didn't see it here but saw Holy Week and Easter in a different setting.)

Anyway, Santa Rosa has the custom of creating fairly elaborate "carpets" out of sawdust, sand and other materials. The practice is also big in Comayagua, the colonial capital of Honduras, and Antigua Guatemala, as I understand it.

Starting early on the morning of Good Friday, many citizens in Santa Rosa start laying out the sawdust along a route of the city's streets, in preparation for a procession to commemorate the Stations of the Cross with floats (carried by pedestrians), a marching band and many hangers-on.

The photo is of the sixth station, Veronica limpia el rostro de Jesús (Veronica wipes Jesus' face with her veil).

After the procession has passed, people (presumably the ones who put it down in the first place) sweep up the trampled remains and cart it away, mostly in plastic sacks.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008


Anybody else see this article: George Speaks, Badly? Gail Collins tears into George W. Bush. No mercy!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Reverse jocularity constant

As I was unpacking after returning to San Manuel about a month ago now, I had occasion to reflect on some recent incidents. I was going through my stuff and came upon my empty camera case. (Sigh.) But then I had to chuckle:

"The joke's on him! I still have the USB transfer cable!"

Eh, OK, it's only kind of funny. But American Express did reimburse me for the amount of the camera I had charged (I used a gift card for about a third of it, so I'll not be getting that quantity back.) So huzzah for American Express!

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