Learning a bit of the language of the country you travel to can be helpful, but with a limited knowledge, you only get so far.
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While traveling in Mexico recently, we visited the city of Plateros, Zacatecast to visit a a famous church.
When the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire of the Aztec, a Spanish general went to explore the northern lands of New Spain. He and his troops came to a place where an ash tree stood at the edge of a lake. They decided to name the place Fresnillo. In the times following the Conquest, they named the land where Fresnillo was located the state of Zacatecas because it was abundant in grass. While a town was being built in Fresnillo some miners were out near the lake when a mule came from the west. The mule carried a giant wooden crate on its back. The miners decided to take the crate off the mule for a little while so it could rest and drink water. However, once the miners removed the crate the mule ran away leaving the miners the wooden crate. When the miners opened the crate they were shocked to find a silver crucified Christ with no cross. The general ordered a church be built across the valley and named the city Plateros, because that is where the silver Christ was discovered. The general then ordered an image of Our Lady of Atocha to be brought from Spain to Plateros. The image was put in the church of Saint Agustine along with the silver Christ. In those years silver was discovered in Fresnillo and mines were being built in the mountains near the settlement. When in a few weeks of the opening of the mine of Fresnillo, there was an explosion and many miners were trapped. The wives of the miners went to the church of St. Augustine to pray for their husbands and noticed that the child on the image of Our Lady of Atocha was missing. At the same time in the mine a child was said to come to the miners, given them water and showed them the way out of the mine. Whenever there was a problem at the mine the child was said to help those miners in need. Each time this happened, the image of the child on the Virgin’s arms was found to be dirty and his clothes had little holes in them. After that the Holy Child was taken of his mother’s arms and put on a glass box for everyone to see. Saint Atocha has become a symbol of Zacatecas and the protector of miners. Many make pilgrimages to Plateros at Christmas to bring the Santo Niño toys. FULL STORY
The window on the bus we rode from Fresnillo to Plateros had a cracked window. I took this picture and was suprised to see how it turned out.
The writer of the local events in a local newspaper sure was having some fun writing.
Officers went to a room at the Highlander Motor Inn, 4353 W. Beltline, just after 3 a.m. Thursday after getting a call about a disturbance there. A 59-year-old Madison man, George M. Baugh, greeted them with a can of Olde English beer in one hand and a stab wound in the other, police said.
Remember everyone that voting is tomorrow November 4th 2008 for the president and other offices. Polls open at 7am, and make sure to bring current identification with you in case they have lost your name.
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Is everyone ready for Global Handwashing Day today?
Per the site:
The guiding vision of Global Handwashing Day is a local and global culture of handwashing with soap. Although people around the world wash their hands with water, very few wash their hands with soap at the critical occasions.
I wonder what criteria is used to value “critical occasions”?