Friday, April 9, 2010

Don Bosco

While walking to town today we heard drums beating. As we got closer we could see guys on stilts walking around the crowd. Then we noticed a kind of hearse with a glass coffin in the back.
There was a huge crowd of people in the square and in front of the cathedral.
When the truck got to the front of the church they unloaded the casket and carried it in under much ceremony.
The guy in the box is Don Bosco. A priest from the mid 1800's who dedicated his life to helping the unwanted and lost souls of boys and young men. I had to google him to find out who he was.

I do not know if that is really him in the coffin or if it is a replica but he looked pretty real.
Something I just found out if you put the mouse on the pictures you can click to get a bigger pic and a better look. Works good on the casket, you can see the ornate designs and a close up of Don.
The streets were so packed it reminded me of leaving a concert or a professional sports event. You just never know what you might see when you are out and about.
Cuenca is celebrating its foundation as a city with the actual day being the 12 of April. There are many craft and art things throughout the city and in many of the parks and plazas. We are going tomorrow to check them out.
Oh yea....the soccer game. It was Cuenca vs. the national team of Uruguay. It finished 0-0. It rained for not quite the second half. I brought
a couple trash bags for some homemade rain gear. Worked just fine. The fans here are quite passionate about there team. I do not think I would want to be on the sidelines of the opposing unit. They were harassed throughout. It was a good time and I will be going again. Ticket was $8.00.