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Vigil Saturday

August 20, 2011

The last few days have been absolutely crazy. Thursday the Pope arrived in Madrid and we were right smack in the middle of it. We waited for hours at La Plaza de la Independencia in 100+ degree heat. To say it was a hot was like saying the cast of the Jersey Shore are only a little dumb. People were bursting into flames due to excessive friction. As the time drew near for the Pope to arrive the crowds got tighter, but it wasn’t too bad and everyone got along pretty well. Of course, I had a few issues that I will address. Number one, to the Canadian lady who was sitting in front of us. There was no need to keep all your chairs in the middle of our area so that your space wouldn’t be violated. Pretty impressive Kung Fu grip you had on one of those chairs that didn’t allow people to get closer. Number two, Hey French girls, don’t act like you didn’t realize that we hadn’t been standing there much longer than you and that you totally didn’t sneak your way up front. That wasn’t the worst of it. After the Pope arrived and left the plaza in the Popemobile, the push to get out of the plaza became an ordeal. To the women that thought that bringing babies to the whole thing was a good idea, here’s a piece of advice, stop having children for now, till you figure out how to care for the ones you nearly killed due to the crowds and excessive heat. We finally ended up walking in the opposite direction of our hotel. The crowds were lighter and the walk was safer, with regards to crowds, but was significantly longer. It seemed like we got back to our hotel in the center of Madrid, by way of Barcelona. It took a long time. Friday was a day of recovery. Easy walks to the Museo del Prado and good eating hopefully has prepared us for the day ahead. Here is the plan. 3:30 start our journey to the area where we will camp out tonight for the Vigil. Matt will be right up near the Pope, as he was selected from millions of people to have that honor. I will be with the rest of our group. It is going to be a long 24 hours, but totally looking forward to it. Let you know how it goes.

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