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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Porque tu no blog?

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. In the modern world of computer technology, everyone is blogging. Or, at least those who want to get ahead in life.

Staying in Guimaraes for the night. For fun I stayed up with the locals to watch Benefica and Manchester battle it our to a one all tie.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 11, 2011

The Europeans remembered September 11, 2001 much in the same way Americans did. Ten years after the tragedy, the day was devoted to showing images of the horrible plane crashes and reflecting on how the world has changed since that day. The thought occurs to me that at the very heart of it, we are not so different no matter what country and what religion we come from.

The Bible says we are all made in "His image."

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Holy Toledo

Just a quick note from Holy Toledo.

Image of  a detail of the the Burial of Count Orgaz from Sacred Destinations.

Here in  historic Toledo there are many churches (iglesias) and cathedrals (catedrals). The churches are centered on a neighborhood, built with support from a wealthy donor.

The church of St. Toma is located in Toledo's Jewish Quarter. The church is home to el Greco's famous painting The Burial of Count Orgaz. Count Orgaz was a patron of the church, and the painting itself was commissioned a hundred years after the count's death by a priest of the church and friend of el Greco. The painting shows el Greco and his son along with Cervantes as part of the crowd witnessing the entombment of the count. El Greco is centered in the painting directly above the head of St. Stephan. El Greco's son is the small figure to the left of center looking directly out. I am not sure which figure is Cervantes.

I am staying at the Hotel Eurico which is within a stones throw of the primary Cathedral (Catredral Primera) and a few blocks from the church of St. Toma.

Two days in Toledo, then on to Caceres and Merida in the province of Extremadura, before heading to Portugal. Eventually, we will make our way to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, the site of pilgrimages in Medieval times.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Kapaun Girls Volleyball

Last Thursday the girls' Volleyball team played our rivals, Bishop Caroll at home. It looked to be a good game. Both teams are expected to be strong contenders as city champions this season. The game brought a huge to crowd to the match up, both because of the girls and because of the pep rally for football. The stands were full. The crowd was in full support when the first whistle blew.

We started off on the right foot and kept that momentum going - winning our first game by a close margin. As fatigue and tension set in, the game became more intense. We really had to grind our last two wins. Definitely a great way to start off the season for Kapaun girls' volleyball.