St. George is not the patron saint of peace and quiet.
We are enduring day two of his three day festival and I've never in my life felt myself boil with this much rage. See, the festival (happening literally next door), involves music blaring at concert level volumes, loud canon blasts (which, ummm, huh?) and lots of people banging on drums with a dramatic disregard for rhythm. Oh, and it's an all day/all night type of deal. Joy!
Yesterday, after waking up at 6 am to walk the puppies, I went back to bed for a quick cat nap before starting my day. Unfortunately, by 8am, the festival had started. There is no way that I can convey to noise levels. Suffice it to say, I'm fairly certain that I now understand how blasting heavy metal is an effective wartime torture. I could literally feel myself going insane.
Not being a cool cucumber under best of times, after about two hours of this, I just lost it and went stomping down the stairs where I found my mother in law cooking in the kitchen. She seemed pretty upset about it too, but I think she was caught off guard by the viciousness of my rant. To say I was fuming is a gross understatement. I think I may have mentioned packing our bags and moving back to the States at some point.
So, what did she do? About 20 minutes after I stormed back upstairs with my noise cancelling headphones (which were sadly quite inadequate) the noise miraculously stopped. Apparently, my mother in law, an ex lawyer and (as I now know) a tremendous force of nature, had stormed off the church next door and told them off. This is no small thing. In a culture where religion is taken extremely seriously and where women seldom stand up to men, she went and yelled at them. She admitted that she was prepared to cut the cables herself if they weren't going to listen. I'm a little in aw of how badass she is.
Unfortunately, even though she's my new hero, it didn't stop them from coming back a few hours later. But (and I'll take any victory at this point), they did lower the volume significantly and turn their horn shaped (read: lethal decibel) speakers the other way. At least now ear buds stand a fighting chance.