Actually, it is not for 1000 days. It is just that 3 years times 365 days plus June 27 through June 30, 2008 equals 1098 days, and that is way too cumbersome to convert into a blog headline. Futhermore, our release date will not be determined until May or June of 2011. Therefore, 1000 Days sounded just about right, more or less. Having noted all that, we are humbled and thrilled (Pres. Uchtdorf would refer to the feeling as "joyfully overwhelmed") about having this marvelous opportunity to serve in La Mision Mexico Veracruz.

Con amor,
Pdte. y Hna. Pete and JoElla Hansen

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Papantla is the home of the voladores, flyers. The tradition started here some centuries ago with the indigenous Tetonaca people. The pole is 30 meters tall, I think. Between the pole and the church you see a huge cement monument of a man playing a flute as he points it skyward. It is a monument to the flautist who sits on top of the pole and plays. Sometimes he will stand and dance while the four voladores "fly" downward, upside down, attached at the waist with a rope. There is no other harness. They are summoning rain for the vanilla and other crops. They work for tips.

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