It Takes A Village
One of the most amazing things we have discovered in walking the Camino is how interconnected one becomes with all the different pilgrim walkers you meet along the way. We have met so many people from all over the world. We have developed a network of fellow walkers from England, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Finland, Holland, Austrailia, New Zealand, and from the United States (probably 10 or 12 states).
You quickly develop bonds with your fellow pilgrims and in many cases you end up spending the night in the same bunk bed rooms, eating meals together and sharing a cafe con leche in the early morning as you start the walking. They say “it takes a village to raise a child” but in the case of the Camino I think “it takes a village to walk the Camino”. We have so many different situations where fellow pilgrims have helped out other pilgrims that needed some help. There was the couple we met and shared a bus ride and lunch with in Najera, Terry and Heather. Terry was very sick and was going to the doctor in Najera. When Heather needed some help in the doctor’s office with Spanish translation up stepped another pilgrim friend, Liz, from Sacramento who we have got to be friends with to help out Heather. She just happened to be there at the right time to lend a hand to another fellow pilgrim. This “coincidences” repeat day after day it seems. It is all part of trusting in the Camino. Often it is the fellow pilgrim that is coming to aid of the other.
Terri and I are really beginning to feel the “Camino trust” more and more and we are sure there is going to be opportunities ahead for us to be of help to a fellow pilgrim in need.
John and Terri