ONE MONTH AGO

One month ago today I walked into Santiago de Compostela. It was a very different experience from two years ago. Then I stood before the cathedral and…felt nothing. It wasn’t until the next day when a woman working in the Pilgrim’s Office spelled my name wrong on my Compostela that I felt something big. IContinue reading “ONE MONTH AGO”

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Today I saw a man pose his little dog in front of a statue in the square. I will say he was a well behaved dog and even looked at his owner and barked for him on cue. If you spend all morning looking for someplace that sells postcards within 30 minutes of buying someContinue reading “RANDOM THOUGHTS”

WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE CAMINO

Sahagun, September 16, 2021 That’s a pretty whimsical title compared to how I’m feeling today. Sahagun is the geographic halfway point on the camino de Santiago. I’m under the 400 km mark and the road is pretty flat. I should be taking the camino by storm by now. And yet I don’t think I am.Continue reading “WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE CAMINO”

A PILGRIM’S BLESSING

Hornillos, 8 September 2021 Tonight after a 14 mile day I decided to attend the Pilgrim’s Mass at the church here in Hornillos. There were 20-25 of us from the US, Germany, France, England, Ireland, and definitely Spain. The Mass was in Spanish of course so I couldn’t follow the liturgy and since I’m notContinue reading “A PILGRIM’S BLESSING”

ANOTHER BROKEN POT

Burgos, 7 September 2021 I like visiting museums, mostly art museums. My favorite is to see an exhibit by one artist or of one genre of art. In this way I learn about that artist or style of art. This morning I went to the museum of Burgos which is all about the history ofContinue reading “ANOTHER BROKEN POT”

BURGOS

Burgos, 6 September 2021 How does one describe a good day? I think it’s easy to describe it from the inside out. I successfully taped my foot and it feels better. I had a lovely breakfast of cafe con leche and a pastry made with a flakey crust and dark chocolate on the bottom. IContinue reading “BURGOS”

WHAT’S THE DATE AGAIN?

August 31, 2021 Navarette I’m back on track with this camino after being ill for two days and taking two days to visit Bilbao. Today was a short day, only 8.5 miles and mostly flat with a few climbs. I feel good. I went to the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Navarette.Continue reading “WHAT’S THE DATE AGAIN?”

ALONE WITH MY THOUGHTS IN BILBAO

What do you think about when you are alone with your thoughts? Do you try to distract yourself with your electronics or do you engage with the musings that seep into your consciousness? For two days I’ve been in Bilbao away from the Camino and all the pilgrims I have met along the way. It’sContinue reading “ALONE WITH MY THOUGHTS IN BILBAO”

THE CAST OF CHARACTERS

The camino does not seem crowded like I expected it would be. Normally about 400 pilgrims start out from St. Jean Pied de Port each day. Today I heard that it is 30-40. About half of those walking are Spanish followed by French/Americans, and then the rest of Europe. I often walk alone which IContinue reading “THE CAST OF CHARACTERS”

AN UPDATE

I have really been out of touch for several months now. The reason is because we have been doing a major renovation in our house. Our home isn’t huge (1700 sq ft) but no room will be untouched by this project. Like almost everything else in my life I try to view it through theContinue reading “AN UPDATE”