The Yellow Church
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Took a chicken bus out to this little village in the mountains with a few people from our spanish school. The smaller of the 2 yellow churches was a steep climb up from the village where we watched some kids playing and skinny dogs wondering about looking at us in a terrified kind of way.
Stopped at a little house of an old couple and got ushered into a shed in their garden. Here we found a Madame Tussauds type dummy dressed in a black cape, hat and sun glasses, even had a moustache. He is supposedly Saint Simon and the villagers go to `him` to pray and to light candles to wish for certain things. The colour of the candle that is lit signifies a certain thing, like green was for a prosperous business, yellow for health and blue for fertility.
We got a great insight into village life and took lots of pics of locals going about their business and the bright yellow churches were amazing to see. We also found out that almost all of the houses in the village are apparently illegal fireworks factories. One house actually blew up not so long ago. I wonder if someone lit a dark purple candle for Saint Simon......