“時間が止まるよ”

6/3/10    –    19:00

Bright and early this morning, the Corpus Christi celebration took place in Sevilla. Corpus Christi is a Catholic holiday that celebrates the institution of the Eucharist [Thanks, Wikipedia!]. The biggest centers for Corpus Christi festivities in Spain are Toledo, Granada, and Sevilla, I believe.

The night before, when I went to that orchestra concert, I saw that everyone was crowding in and around Calle Sierpes. Further investigation revealed that there were altars set up in every other store for everybody to look at. It was like Christmas but with more Jesus and less trees. (Don’t worry. They made up for the lack of plants the next morning.)

Also, off of the topic of religion, the ice cream I had was friggin’ great. Frozen yogurt : America :: Ice cream : Sevilla.

I had dulce de leche argentino, but they had awesome flavors like turrón and maracuya.

While walking home from the displays, I saw this series of photos on showcase. One of them in particular caught my eye. Here it is on the right. It says: “BAILES MODERNOS – Joven… diviértete de otra manera.” And it has a picture of a young man and woman dancing with demons. Haw. It translates to “Modern Dances – Child… Find another way to have fun.”

And so ended the Vespers of Corpus Christi. [Corpus Christi Eve?]

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In the morning, Chase woke me up at 5 as per my request when he left to go catch a taxi to the airport. I fell back asleep until 8:30, got dressed, and went over to the Cathedral. I couldn’t help but notice that all the streets smelled funny. And funny in a good way, not like the horse droppings that usually surround the cathedral because of all the carriages. The streets were strewn with sprigs of rosemary for the procession. I saw a whole bunch of people collecting sprigs so I picked one up too. I guess they’re sanctified or good luck or something. There were people lined up in chairs flanking the sides of the procession route and then, people standing behind them, so it was a little tough to get close up pictures, but I asserted myself and got a couple of good ones. The procession consisted mostly of the hermandades or brotherhoods of this order or that and they all carried huge candles and had medallions with an engraving of the eucharist on it. These groups were punctuated by elaborate floats with either a saint of local importance, the Virgin Mary, or Jesus. There were also two, called custodias which sort of looked like enormous metal birthday cakes. I guess I’m not Catholic enough to know what they are. Oops.

Oh yes. There were also a couple of municipal bands there and me being the nerd that I am, I took pictures of those too. -_-;; Bottom left is me luls-ing at a marching bassoon [they had marching oboes too. Blasphemy.] In the middle is a little girl being all enthralled by a trombone. And the bottom right is a portion of the church’s choir, I believe.

Y al fin, what better way to end a religious procession than with the military.

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Today was a good start to the long weekend. I look forward to sleeping in, enjoying the hell out of siesta, and the home-cooked meals that Sra. Garcia pulls out of the kitchen. Btw, Chase and I have come to the conclusion that she is a robot, albeit the nicest robot ever. We never see her eat. Or cook. But she continues to be her chipper self and bring out this delicious food every meal. Kudos to her.

I spent a lot of my afternoon watching the first couple episodes of the Office. I can’t wait till I have time to invest in television again. But yeah. Sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation. And this is it. I’m not doing anything in particular, but I love it.

The song at the top of the page is by a Japanese artist, Shugo Tokumaru, who Music Ninja blogged about yesterday or the day before. He’s actually the first indie artist I’ve checked out from Japan and his albums, Port Entropy, and Exit, bring up my mood unfailingly. Plus. That album art is ridic. Reminds me of Katamari :P

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