Thursday, after lunch on the beach, I decided to visit the celebrations underway of the Virgin. First I visited a shop on Ave 30 and Calle 6 dedicated solely to her cause. There were statues of every size, color and material, candles of at least 16 colors and others in cans, cups and vases, paper flowers, ribbons, etc. From there I climbed on a public bus, called a colectivo, and rode north into the Colosio, the working class part of town beyond the tourists. At Calle 60 I saw more shops and the church dedicated to the Virgin. People walk, crawl, ride bikes or motor scooters, get there however they can to celebrate at midnight Thursday, as Friday is the official cumpleaños. I saw boys behind decorated vans with music blaring, a bike procession, a group of motor cycles with banners flying, and many children being decked out in traditional garb near the church. The next morning as I sat quietly in yoga class, fireworks continued to explode.
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