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More beautiful photos along the Camino de Santiago from my friend Xina.
On April 23rd, 2015, I set out from Villaverde, Spain, on my way to Astorga. The hills, valleys, and red earth, were peaceful.
So peaceful that I decided to preserve the surroundings with shaky, dizzying video
Up I went to a squatter’s residence at the top of the hill, overlooking Astorga far below. David lives there in joy, peace, and simplicity. Here he is with my Camino friend Sarah.
He maintains a little snack stand that is run off donations.
On his free time, or during the slow seasons on the Camino, he makes esoteric art like this. He has made a humble home in the lean-to behind the tree on the left for six years.
Also atop a hill is one of the many crosses with mementos cluttering the base.
In Astorga, a few Euros buys you admission to the cathedral, the museum, and the Gaudi house below.
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The beginning of our journey back in early April. That’s me on the left. Be sure to check out the rest of Xina’s photos/posts.
Some photos are obvious. So obvious that everyone does them. To not do them seems wrong somehow. Counter the human race in some strange way. When you are taking a long walk you naturally want a signpost to mark your journey. At Roncesvalles one exists.
Janet and I, up for the challenge.
Check out my traveling pal Xina’s photos and highlights of the Camino de Santiago!
My good intentions for blogging while I was walking the Camino de Santiago have not come to much, unfortunately. One post was all I managed. The reasons for this are varied – intermittent WiFi, lack of suitable photographs (on a camera that required a computer to access), and general exhaustion being among them. I hit upon a solution of sorts one day while walking, though. One hundreds photos that will provide you with a taste of the pilgrim adventure that is the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain.
This humble stone church in Roncesvalles, Spain, was illuminated by the early morning light. Built in the 12th century, the bell once guided pilgrims through the mists of a mountain pass. Appropriately, it is named the St. James Capilla de Santiago. The morning was chill, but clear, and the road lay open ahead.
if you’re awake, within the hour we will be at the famed wine fountain. Google Monisterio de Irache wine fountain for the live streaming web cam.
See you in Spain!
The backpack and sleep sheet have been treated with pesticide. The hat and backpack have been waterproofed. Duct tape has been applied to my heel blister. The proper socks and bras and pants and shoes (oh Lord have mercy, the shoes – I can write six more blog posts on just those!) have been procured. Reservations have been made. Electronics have been charged.
And the day has finally come. This evening I’m boarding a plane for the Camino de Santiago.
The shell is the symbol of pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela. My favorite story about them says that when pilgrims reached Finisterre (Latin for ‘the end of the world’), which lays just west of Santiago, they would pick up these shells from the beach to prove that they had been there. The ridges are said to symbolize the different directions that pilgrims come from, each to meet at one central…
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