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Laura at Lourdes
Laura Johncox '02, a PLU elementary education major, spent J-Term 2000 studying abroad in France. Her trip took her to Paris and areas in the southwest of France, including Pau, Biarritz, the Pyrenees, the Basque country, and to San Sebastián, across the border in the north of Spain. She also visited the famous shrine of Lourdes. Like many of the tourists who go there she bought a small plastic bottle from one of the souvenir shops and filled it with the "holy water" of St. Bernadette's Spring. "It was a strange thing. You could take as much as you want. I couldn't understand what makes the water holy and, if it is holy, why was it wasted--flowing so freely?" she wondered.
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