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Camino de Santiago

Time To Think

One of the blessings of walking the Camino de Santiago is you get lots of time to think. In talking with other folks walking the Camino that is one of the re-occurring themes we hear over and over. I have time to think. What a precious thing it is!

I know I have quoted a lot in these blogs about the book called “Sabbath” but it seems this book was the one I was meant to read during this walk. I was told about the book from a visiting priest almost two years ago and for some reason it popped into my head that I wanted to read it just before I left. I am sure glad I did. It is a very important book I think for us all to read.

The book had this quote I read last night and it really spoke to me about the essence of what the Camino has done for both Terri and I.

Walking the Camino has given us “time in which we can taste what we have been given, take delight in what we already have, and see that it is good. We focus less on our lack, and more on our abundance. As we do, our thirst and hunger for more than we need begins to fall away.”

It has been a very important walk for Terri and I. We have come to know that our most favorite prayer is “Gracias”! We are so blessed!

Buen Camino!

John and Terri

 

Galicia

Today we entered the region of Spain called Galacia. It is a unique area of Spain that has a Celtic hertiage. It has weather and terrain similar to the Pacific Northwest.

We walked up several thousand feet of elevation to get to the famous city of O’Cebreiro. The city has a long history of supporting the Camino pilgrims. The first pilgrim hostel opened here in 836! One of the more interesting historical facts is that the revival of The Camino to the heights of popularity it now enjoys comes from this little village as well. In the 1970’s the parish priest, Elias Valina Sampedro, published a guide for pilgrims in 1971 and he “way marked” the entire Camino Frances in 1982 with the now familiar yellow arrows, with paint he scrounged off the local authority’s road maintenance department (or so the legend goes).

It was a long and very rainy walk up to this little village but we both enjoyed it so much because it did remind us of hiking in the Northwest. Beautiful forest walk (Chesnut and Oak trees) in a gorgeous valley leading up to the top of a ridge where the village is located. We both were anticipating the hot bowl of Galacian soup we knew was awaiting us. It is a soup made with a local cabbage (it looks similar to Kale) and potatoes. It was just what we needed as we were both very wet and tired!

We are now roughly one week from finishing the Camino after having walked now for nearly one month! Terri is nursing along a very sore ankle right now and we are managing and monitoring her health closely. She is going to taxi to the next town tomorrow to give herself a day of rest and avoid walking down off this mountain ridge.

We have so many wonderful memories to share with you all when we return!

Buen Camino!

John and Terri