Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bienvenidos a Yunquera de Henares

Before the actual WYD begins some pilgrims elect to come to the host country early. There the pilgrims are hosted by a diocese in the host country. For WYD11, 14 pilgrims from the diocese of Gaylord were hosted by the Spanish diocese of Siguenzia-Guadalajara.

On Thursday we arrived in the small pueblo called Yunquera de Henares. It is a town of about 2,000 people. I was amazed when we arrived to find the whole town present to greet us. They even shot off fireworks when we arrived and the church bells were ringing.

They invited us into the church were a group from Venezuela was also waiting. The then introduced each of us to our host families. My host brother was there to pick us up and take us home. He took us to see a ranch where the bulls for bull fighting were kept. Sean really liked the bulls.

Afterwards, Edu (my host brother) took us back to meet his parents and to eat lunch. Edu spoke English very well. Though I really tried to speak to Edu and his family in Spanish only so as to practice my Spanish. Though sometimes we would forget that Sean was sitting there not understanding anything.

We also got to meet the local nuns, the sisters of St. Jerome. The sisters had been praying for us and our arrival for over a year. They were so happy to meet us. Afterwards we went a met the Mayor and other local officials in town's palace. The mayor gave each pilgrim a sombero, a t-shirt and a guide to the city.

Finally around 11pm we went home at ate a traditional Spanish dinner. I don't even remember what we ate but it was good. Off to bed...

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