Hola ! Renxkyoko Iglesias aqui.
This is my 19th travel post, and maybe the 3rd to the last. I really need to get this done quick because I’m starting to lose the memories. All I have left now are impressions.
By way of introduction, let me write down my random thoughts… as usual..
* sips coffee*
The abdication of the Pope……. I’m a Roman Catholic, so it’s a given I should be interested in what’s going on at the Vatican. To be honest , I’m not interested at all. What I’m really, really concerned about is the abysmally low number of young men who have the calling for priesthood. The average age of priests now is 65, and when they retire , there’s no guarantee there’s a priest who will take-over the position. There are even Catholic parishes here in the US where Episcopal priests have been tasked to “ say “ the Mass in the absence of a parish priest. Why Episcopal , you ask. Well, the Episcopalian Church is Protestant, yet Catholic. It was actually once called The American Catholic Church, and it’s Preamble states “ it’s a constituent member of the Anglican Communion, a Fellowship within the One, Holy, Catholic Church….”
It’s a no brainer to know the one reason why men don’t enter the priesthood….. the vow of celibacy. It’s almost unnatural to suppress the primal animal instict to mate, most especially with men. So, as a member of the Church, do I approve of married priests ? I’m a tree hugging, bleeding heart social liberal, but I’m not a solid , hard core one. Some of my views are, in fact, pretty conservative, and that includes my view on celibacy. I don’t know. Don’t hate me, but I think I would cringe at the thought of a married priest saying Mass in front of me just had a blow job or kinky sex a few hours before . * Ren, you pervert, perish the thought! * So, what’s the solution? Ordain women into priesthood. I think women can withstand life without sex .
By the way, the ” bad” priests are pedophiles , not gay or straight priests, except that Cardinal from England who had to resign … he had made numerous compromising overtures to adult seminarians…. * shakes head * The Catholic hierarchy should not cover up the crimes of these pedophiles. Sick bastards…. the pedophiles, I mean. This is just my opinion, at the moment.
Oh, wait…… I’d like to tell you something. My mother has a relative who is an ex-priest. It was the Pope who ordained him when the Pope went to the Philippines years and years ago. He became a parish priest, but then, the parish had a beautiful secretary. They fell in love. He left the priesthood and married the girl…. and now have 4 children . Lucky girl. I wish I could find an ex – monk. * sigh *
Now on to Burgos and Bilbao, Spain.
Burgos and Bilbao were our last stops in Spain. Both are located in the northern parrt of Spain. Bilbao is the capital of the province of Bilbao , and the autonomous region of the Basque country.
.Above 2 photos were taken from the hotel. In case you haven’t noticed it, all the buildings are colored orange. The only one with a different color, red, is McDonald’s. This is the newer part of Bilbao. Bilbao is a nice place but it’s not a popular tourist destination. Funny thing though, Bilbao is popular in our household. Mom always adds Chorizo de Bilbao to her Philippine dishes., such as Cocido, Pochero, spaghetti and all sorts of soups and stews.
.I wonder what they call this in Bilbao….. just Chorizo? They don’t make this in Bilbao, though. It ‘s a Philippine sausage concocted by some guy from Bilbao. He he … well, that’s true.
.Above photo is the Guggenheim Museum. The building was designed by American Frank Gehry and is made of glass, stone and titanium. We didn’t get to see what was in there. We had lunch and just walked around the vicinity .
.There’s one important thing about Bilbao and the Basque region.. It is an autonomous region of Spain… kind of separate but equal thing ……. giving an autonomous status to a place is actually the next step to independence, but of course, the Spanish government won’t allow that. Majority of the Basque people though vehemently want independence……. that leads some to engage in “ terroristic” “activities. Calling it terrorism depends on whose side you’re on, of course. And people there don’t want to be called Spaniards and to refer to the Basque region as Spain. ( like Barcelona ). In fact, we saw a loooong line of cars waiting to be inspected at the border between Spain and France.
.Dinner at the hotel
On to Burgos…..
Burgos is in the n0rthern part of Spain, and is the capital of Castille. Burgos has a lot of medieval structures that are well preserved. Burgos though is noted for it’s number one inhabitant …. EL CID, the National Hero of Spain. His war exploits , and his victories were legendary. Please google him. Oh, and there was an old movie about El Cid, starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren.
Below is the statue of El Cid. Actually , it was the Moors who called him that name, from Arabic wotd Seid, meaning ” lord”.
Oh, that’s Ruben, our tour manager.
.The Burgos Cathedral , built in 1221, and is a Unesco World Heritage site. Gothic style architecture.
Picture below is from Wikipedia.
This castle was built in 840 AD.
That’s it for Bilbao and Burgos. To be honest, I felt more history vibes in Burgos than in Bilbao. Oh, and I got to eat Spain’s famous blood sausage, Burgos Morcilla. I liked it better than the one I had in London. Also, I did write before that one of my favorite Philippine dishes was a blood dish too. It’s an acquired taste, folks.
I think I missed one place in Spain. The problem is, I have no idea where that is…. there’s a bunch of photos in the folder, and I’m sure they’re from another place in Spain. I’m so lame. I really need to hurry up and get this done. I’m even forgetting the names of places I’ve been to. Yikes !
I guess I’ll just post the photos on my next post, which is France.
This is all for now. Good day, and stay cool. PEACE !