All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. M. Buber
I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or, who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… to make each day count. Jack in “Titanic”
Jack was pretty insightful and I think this has been the gist of our experience on the Camino. We have had great times sitting on the side of a road and at some very nice places (including our cruise to start this journey). Every day brings a new experience and new adventure. All in all the most fun has been meeting people, watching people and sharing stories. The only easy choice the day is what to wear (as we can only carry three sets of clothes…)!?
The great news is we are happy and healthy (although sore) and have just reached Sarria, Spain. This marks a milestone on the Camino. Many Pilgrims start here as it is the last town outside the 100km mark for the Camino. This is important because to receive a Compostella (certificate of completion) in Santiago, a pilgrim must walk at least 100km. What this means for those starting in St. Jean, France or other outer points is that the trail just got busy. It also means more interesting people and better services.
Tomorrow we begin the final week of our journey! We are looking forward to getting to Santiago (with dozens of new friends…!) and taking in the final days of this interesting experience.
Two little mice fell into a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned, but the second mouse, [s]he struggled so hard that he eventually churned that cream into butter and [s]he walked out. — Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can.
Love to all!