One of the important aspects of doing the Camino de Santiago is to develop what I would term “Camino Trust”. What is it? It is the ability to trust in the good of others to provide when you are In true need. It is a part of walking the Camino. Many of the Alburgues (hostels) do not take reservations so you are trusting that they will have some space for you when you arrive for the night. We entered into this “Camino Trust” experience with some anxiety since it was certainly not the way we would have planned any of our other vacations.
Well it turned out that on the 2nd day of our Camino we got put to the “Camino Trust” test. We arrived after a long day to find that all accommodations in the town we expected to stay in were full, completo! The word we were hearing as well was that all accommodations in the next village were also full! Now what? The nice pasture just outside the village was looking good.
The goodness of trusting in the good of others when in need came through for us to our surprise. We met a wonderful woman from England and she was very fluent in Italian and was able to find accommodations in a small Pension in the next town by talking with the proprietor of a Pension we were stranded in. We asked her to help us secure accommodations as well and she was so kind that she helped us get the same Pension reservation. They even sent a car to bring us there!
This wonderful woman named Sara has now become a wonderful friend of ours as we ended up in the same room together that night and have now been walking and taking our meals together as well.
“Camino Trust” we are still learning but what lessons it has been teaching us so far!
John and Terri