Monday, November 26, 2007

Hail Mary - where is your boarding pass?

Now if ever I got a surprise, it was this one. I got caught up in the pilgrimmage of Our Lady of Fatima, and loved it.
I was waiting for my flight home at municipal airstrip and there was a hullabaloo outside. Into the airport march all these people dressed up. I'm thinking that well, it is close to Halloween.....and then I see the statue. Having lived in France for donkey's years, I know exactly what is happening - I'm caught slapbang in a pilgrimmage. I was expecting hoardes of people and much wailing and gnashing of teeth. But, it was just Our Lady, her "bodyguards" and myself on the plane.
The young dude explained to me (in French) where they had been and where they were going. A circuit around Central America, he was having a great time. So I flew to San Pedro with them all. What was so serene in Belize City turned into the wailing/gnashing of teeth that I had expected when we landed in San Pedro! My favourite part being the pick-up truck with the guitarist and piano in the back - it's about 3.30 p.m. and around 34 degrees centigrade.... everyone is melting in the heat, there are people everywhere and they all have big smiles on their faces. This all turned into a procession to the Catholic Church on Front Street that blocked traffic for 45 minutes (yes you can block traffic in San Pedro, Our Lady proved it). I finally managed to catch a cab to go home - and the radio broadcast is Live from the church, so I got the sermon too.
So, the next day I'm back at San Pedro airstrip to fly back to Municipal, and yes, that's right, I fly back to Belize City with her too - a full round miracle trip. Thank you for keeping me safe, and thanks for the bookmark!
He spoke French!
Leaving Belize City

Boarding pass please!
End of the runway, and no, I'm not joking.
Over Belize City.
Aerial views

In San Pedro

1 comment:

tacogirl said...

Nice catching the day time version of that on your blog as I only have the night time one on mine