Blessing the Animals

January 17th is the fiesta of San Antonio Abad (St. Anthony the Abbot) in Fuencaliente, and at midday the priest holds a special, traditional service to bless the animals in the church square. I was curious, so a few years ago, I went. I didn’t know whether to expect pets or farm animals, but there were both. At twelve promptly, the priest came out, gave a short sermon on looking…

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Sea salt being made in Fuencaliente, La Palma island

Salt Pans

Almost all salt on La Palma is sea salt, made at the southernmost tip of the island. You can visit the salt pans by taking a number 203 bus from the centre of Los Canarios to the lighthouse (Faro in Spanish). There’s a bus every two hours for most of the day. It’s a simple process. The salt water is pumped into shallow ponds and left to dry in the…

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The Three Kings on La Palma

Gaspar visiting Santa Cruz de la Palma Although Father Christmas does visit Spanish children, he’s a new arrival. Traditionally the presents arrive on the morning of January 6th, when the three kings visit baby Jesus. This is why the sales haven’t really started yet – Christmas isn’t over here. And on the evening of the 5th, they ride in procession through most of the major towns and villages in Spain….

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Large Size Telescope site on 03/01/17, Roque de Los Muchachos, Garafia ,La Palma,. The bases for the maintenance tower and the telecope itself seem to be almost complete.

Update on the Large Size Telescope

This is how the Large Size Telescope site looked yesterday. The big circular base for the telescope seems to be almost complete, as does the square base for the tower. The telescopes either side of the LST site and a little in front of it are the two MAGIC telescopes, which are similar to the way the finished LST will look. You can read more about the MAGIC and why…

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Holy Innocents on La Palma

The 28th of December is Holy Innocents’ Day, which commemorates the massacre of the innocents by Herod in Matthew’s gospel (although according to Wikipedia, it’s probably not a historical event). In Spain and Spanish-speaking countries, it’s the Spanish equivalent of April Fool’s Day. For example, one year I told my husband that the police had been around asking whether he’d been jogging in the nude. Now my husband does go…

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