A night time view of the bridge and town.
Camino De Santiago, Spain, Travel

El Puente – The Bridge – Day 27, 28, 29

The Knight and the Bridge It is Saturday and Sunday is my day of rest for my feet. It will be a delight to rest. Actually, this rest stop is a little longer than any other … I have an extra day. See, today’s walk would take me to Villar de Mazarife. But, there was no place at the Inn so to speak. I will be staying at my stop on Monday, Hospital De Órbigo. […]

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León – City of the Legion and of the Cathedral – Day 26

City of the Legion One thing I quickly discovered was that I forgot the rich history of Spain. I think this might be because I have lived in relative “new” countries. South Africa only became republic in 1961 and Canada is only 150 years old as a Federation. (Yes, I know that people lived in both countries before European settlers arrived.) Yet, Spain has a rich history that dates back to Roman Legions. And so […]

The morning sun is almost rising over El Burgo
Camino De Santiago, Spain, Travel

Two Days of … few towns, sun, and sweat … This was day 24 and 25

Sun and Sweat When I thought about walking the Camino, Sun and Sweat did not come to mind. Sure, I knew it would be a physical challenge along with the spiritual challenge.  The physical challenge this week cast a shadow on my spirit. It did not help that many of the churches along the way were closed … adding to the spiritual bareness I experienced. Grace along the Way Yet, all was not lost. There […]

An old bridge in Sahagún.
Camino De Santiago, Spain, Travel

The Half Way Mark

Today I’ll be Half Way Today I’ll reach Sahagún, the half way mark between St. Jean Pied-de-Port and Santiago. By the end of today I would have walked 400 km. It is hard to believe that only 20 days ago I started the journey over the Pyrenees. Looking back, it has been amazing journey. The Sign The morning promised to bring a good day. The sunrise was beautiful and it appeared the morning would filled […]

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The day I wondered: What on earth am I doing?

What on earth am I doing? This was the question that resonated with me all day. What on earth am I doing? What on earth am I doing walking the Camino? What on earth am I doing on the Journey? What on earth am I doing in Spain? This is how the Guide Book described the way today: We pass through a flat somewhat featureless landscape with little or no shade (A Pilgrim’s Guide to […]

A canal with trees along the dirt road.
Camino De Santiago, Spain

Tomate Algo … that’s the password

Tomate Algo – Drink Something Perhaps it is a strange title for a Blog post on a Sunday morning … Drink Something. Perhaps it is kind of ironic that the cafe’s WiFi password  is “Drink something” – Tomate algo. As I sit here this morning I look at a statue of a pilgrim and Iglesia de Santa Maria del Camino and I am drinking something. The Past Two Weeks I have seen my share of […]

Three panes of Stained Glass windows
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Dedication – From St. Juan de Ortega to Burgos

Dedication Dedication, what does it mean for you? It probably means something different for everyone. Today I became aware of dedication in two ways. Lefty’s friends It wasn’t so much getting up before sunrise nor the idea of walking 24 km. Though, I did pass the “518 km” to Santiago in Agés. Then, about 5 km before my stop for the day, I sat down at a park bench. Lefty, that’s the name I have […]