Listening to the bells again

Having trouble getting online, but wanted to report that I’m back in Assisi, and it’s noon, and the bells in the churches are ringing. All the church clocks must be slightly different, because the noon bells start in a staggered fashion and go on for about ten minutes, until everyone’s finally done. The farms on the plain below the hotel are quiet as usual, especially in the hot hot middle of the day. This year — this has happened once or twice before, including my first time here — there are many groups of kids and young people, mostly in scout-type uniforms, doing some sorts of pilgrimages. This involves lots of boisterous singing, including, yesterday, “Hal-le-hal-le-lu-yah” sung to the tune of “We will, we will rock you.”

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