Where are all the virgins?

Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
Trip End Dec 23, 2010

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Well, I'm sure to get some of the facts wrong but here goes with what I saw minus the formalities of names (at least until I get more familiar).  Today must have been a holiday or holy day in the catholic religion because the church and town have been conducting ceremonies and street parties day and night.  I went to visit the main church of leon in the center of the city and just happened to walk in on a procession of priests???  I believe there was a bishop as well.  The singing of the choir was absolutely beautiful (small video clip attached) and given the surroundings - a very very old church (i believe 1500's), it was simply beautiful.  Then on the way back to the hostel I ran right into a procession of vigins!  I was shocked to find out that such a thing still existed in the world!  But then shock gave way to casual acknowledgment as I noticed every virgin in the parade/procession was about 9 or 10 yrs.  Nica seems to have the same issues as the rest of the world...can't find a teenage virgin anywhere!

Anyhow, I love Leon.  It has a great vibe.  The people are friendly and weather is great.  Sunny today and about 85 degrees.  I went to my first baseball game this afternoon (obviously not my first ever) Leon vs Chinandega.  Leon is the country's champions for baseball and I believe they sent a player to join the Diamondbacks.  I've attached a clip of the fans cheering back and forth in competition.  Behind home plate and center row the tickets were $2.00.  I didn't make it 3 days though without falling in love.  His name is Felix and he's a doll.  He reminded me of the movie Rudy.  Just a kid enamored with the game and hanging out front to meet all the players as they came in for warmups.  He chatted us up for awhile until we bought him a general admin ticket. Once inside, he started hustling sodas for money (cocktail waitress style).  Each time he came within 30 yards of us I would hear "Viiiicccccttttttooooooooorrrrrriiiiiiiaaaaaaa" and then he'd give a big smile and wink.  Ahhh...my future husband.

And if you look at the photos from the top of the church (city views) you will spot Volcano San Cristobal.  It is Nica's most active volcano.  It sits just outside the town in Leon.  It was spewing like a madman yesterday.  But not to worry, they say if it spits - it surely won't swallow.  (I swear that's not my saying, but theirs, although I like that).
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Jason on

"If it spits it surely won't swallow". . .LMFAO! That is hysterical!! Are you sure YOU didn't come up with that? I'm glad to see your off to a good start and I love reading your blog! Your like Julie from "Julie and Julia", well minus the cooking and plus traveling. I think I'm going to travel vicariously through you. Tell next time. . .

Jana on

The pics are awesome! I'm so excited for you!

Mom on

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAYy my beautiful elusive butterfly I am so proud of u taking this trip visiting this fantastic planet and r nebors and their culture. We r all truly blessed to have been created and step foot on this world.Treasures are all around us every day and u my luv are one of them... luv u Ma

Phil on

Hay! Hay! Happy birthday sister! Does everyone know your 40 today, or should I keep that a secret. Looks like a great experience your having for your 2010. Go get'm. Love ya!

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