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At this very moment, over 30 thousand pilgrims are walking towards San Juan de Los Lagos….


It’s only two o’clock in the morning and all you can hear besides the rumbling of motors warming is the sound of a small Mexican orchestra playing. You open the tent door to pitch darkness, and slowly realize that this musical group is standing in the dark in front of the mobile chapel. They are playing so that everyone will slowly wake up, and get ready to start the day’s march to San Juan de Los Lagos. Dogs stretch, motors warm up, and over 30 thousand people slowly start their day’s walk through the Mexican landscape. Everyone has a different reason for making this pilgrimage. Some people do it as devout Catholics, carrying a “manda” they would like to thank the virgin for, carrying promises. Others join the pilgrimage for the experience of camping and being in nature, for knowing they will have free food enough to overfill their empty bellies, others come because it’s a great time of year to sell items and make money, and others…. come for the party, the lovers, and the drugs, all in the outdoors. Those that come are of all ages, from eight months to 88 years of age. Some are carried, while those that can see to their final destination guide others.

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January 23, 2011 - 2:12 pm Eva - Good work Holly. You're so talented and inspiring! Love, Eva, Scott and Anais (baby not here yet)

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