Well, folks, the Semana Santa reenactments just got a little too real. Looks like Dismas and Gestas (the two thieves crucified with Jesus) were out roaming the streets of Antigua and up to no good today – my camera was stolen (well, actually it was Tom’s camera, which makes me feel even worse about it), along with all the photos I took during the eight-hour long process as we created our very own alfombra in front of the Casa Herrera.
Unfortunately, this means I won’t be able to execute my blog post as planned and show the whole process of dyeing the sawdust, cutting out stencils, and actually building the carpet layer by layer. Fortunately, however, I have a small back-up camera and several of the Study Abroad students and spectators took photos throughout the day and have offered to share them with me.
In the meantime, here are some choice examples from various processions over the past few weeks, so that you have an idea of what I mean by alfombra (in short: carpets of dyed sawdust, pine needles, flowers, and/or fruits and vegetables laid out ahead of the processions). Ours was a little less religious (and a little shorter) but every bit as fabulous as the ones you see here, but now you’ll have to wait until I do some sharing and downloading for proof.