A cloudy day. Streets are busy and it’s not yet 11.00. Shops are open.
I found a strange gadget today I had to buy, a sharpener for pocket knives!
My blade was a little blunt after some urgent surgical work on my orthotics. The gadget is great. And the orthotics are much better fitting.
Procesion de la Soledad
This procession is of a female cofraternity (cosororitory I guess). Better light for thus one and, it started earlier at 07.45.
Getting ready means getting to the start and getting your costume and instruments ready.
If you play an instrument you need three holes in the capuchin, unlike those who are just penitents and so need two eye holes only.
Interspersed among the ranks of the women were some from other cofraternities. According to the very friendly women next to me members of cofraternities do provide representatives for each others’ processions.
you can just see that they had bagpipes. You can just see the pipes of some poking up. They have smaller bags and a higher pitch than the standard Scottish ones or the Celtic ones played in Galicia, northern Spain.
So, Semana Santa has been a very special experience. And the weather is so good, not especially cold and neither wet nor snowing. Snow is forecast for here later this week and a few rainy days. I have been lucky so far.
Next stop is tomorrow: Arevalo, 50 km to the west of here. Hopefully it’s as interesting and the weather holds so walking from there to Zamora doesn’t feel like a noble sacrifice!