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About to miss a treat

On the 3rd February the good Christian folk of Ciudad Rodrigo go on a romeria, or procession, to the half derelict monastery in Sanjuanejo to get little coloured ribbons to tie around their necks. 

The ribbons are blessed in the name of San Blas who, according to tradition, will protect the wearers from sore throats provided that they keep them on till Ash Wednesday when they should pop back to the monastery and recite The Lord's Prayer as they burn their temporary necklaces.

Not to be sceptical about the religious significance of this or anything but I think that the ending of the press release gives the game away; "The pilgrims usually give good account of themselves before the hearty open air picnic of local sausages." 

And what will I be doing as ribbons and sausages are handed out? Teaching English to people who would much prefer to be eating sausage that's what!


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