In the spirit of tourism, we decided to see what the locals get up to when we were visiting Steve’s brother in Delbruck, North Rhine-Westphalia, last week. After sampling the delights of Pada-Bini Land, an indoor playcentre much like we have at home and therefore in need of no further description, and a gigantic swimming bath with whirlpools, wave machines and enough semi-naked people to make Piccadilly Circus look like a ghost town, we wanted to see something a bit more cultural. Delbruck is renowned for being fiercely Catholic, so we joined the Good Friday procession to the Stations of the Cross.
On a cool, sunny morning, we watched as thousands of people filed somberly though the small town, following the procession of decoratively dressed Priests, a chanting choir and townsperson playing Jesus carrying a heavy cross over his shoulder. At each roadside Station, the Priests gave a small service in German, accompanied by the clacking of wooden rattles and murmured responses from the crowd.
Not being Catholic, and having a German vocabulary that only stretches as far as pirate ships, booking hotel rooms and requesting an extra plate to share the rosti, I didn’t really know what was happening. But the quite, contemplative atmosphere and the religious music were very evocative.
We stayed for three Stations, then Dickon started singing “hmm hmm said the little green frog one day” in his clear, piercing voice, somewhat shattering the atmosphere of calm. So we beat a hasty retreat.
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