By Guy Thatcher
Man Thatcher walked the Camino de Santiago, an old pilgrimage path, hoping to find the cause of the compulsion that drove him there. What he chanced on in its place was once the undying land of northern Spain, good looks, silence, mountains and plains, rain and constant sunlight, snow in may possibly, heartbreaking climbs, fatigue, and damage; pleasant and alluring humans, new friendships, melancholy, transcendental pleasure, beginning and demise, and churros con chocolate. He got here away with a renewal of his trust within the awesome goodness of standard humans from worldwide as they shared a rare trip.
Join man Thatcher as he stocks his days and his reports at the camino with you.
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When I get to the village that I could see from the summit, the first people I ask tell me it is six kilometres to Puente la Reina. About a kilometre on, there is an albergue with a bar, which I gratefully visit for water and a beer. Tap water is agua del grifo, and they are very pleased when I want that, not bottled water. I think that when you ask for local water, you are acknowledging that they are First World, not Third World,14 and they appreciate it. Anyway, they get a chuckle out of my attempts to say agua del grifo.
So far, no blinding light from the heavens or psychological insights, just tired legs and feet, but it is early yet. I have lots of thoughts about how the camino is analogous to life, but they will have to wait for later. I picked up some funny-shaped Dr. Scholl’s gel things for between the toes and, along with Vaseline, they work really well. Bless you, Dr. Scholl, wherever you are! 22 April, Puente la Reina to Lorca After breakfast in the morning, I set out at 0900 for Estella, another eighteen kilometres along the way.
I have no idea what any of them are talking about, but they are doing a thorough job of it. Eavesdropping is easy, understanding is not. Two couples, one a generation younger than the other, are sitting next to me. The younger couple arrives, two-cheek air kiss--very French. The younger couple are showing digital camera images and an actual photo to the older couple. Parents, aunt and uncle, friends, in-laws? I’ll never know. Pamplona is, of course, the city that Hemingway made famous in The Sun Also Rises, because of the bullfights and because of the Running of the Bulls, an annual festival held from 7 to 14 July each year in honour of St.
A Journey of Days: Relearning Life's Lessons on the Camino de Santiago by Guy Thatcher