My Camino Begins!
After the blessing of Lourdes to launch my journey, my Camino begins today in the beautiful French village of St Jean Pied de Port. It seems a surreal dream!
I arrived at the train station and easily walked to the old city where I had reservations at a well-loved albergue, or Pilgrim hostel. My hostel is called Beilari, meaning “Pilgrim” in French Basque.
A lovely man, Joseph, warmly greets me when I arrive. He gives several of us new arrivals a tour of the house and the hours for the evening meal. I left my things in search of a bank ATM and to visit the local church, my first church on my Camino! I enjoyed sitting there in the quiet for a bit, with prayers for my journey.
I also found a delightful backpacking store run by Pierre, and I was like a kid in a candy store! I purchased a pair of hiking poles and a pocket knife to cut cheese and things for lunches along the way.
At 7:30pm all the pilgrims met for dinner. Joseph led us in fun little games of passing an invisible ball. When we”caught” the ball we would share our name, where we are from, and tell the purpose for our Camino. Mine is a fundraiser for the new Ananda Temple of Light and as a personal spiritual journey of inner growth.
The group of about 20 pilgrims truly became family this evening. We very well might see each other repeatedly as we move through the coming 5-6 weeks on our walk to Santiago. I know their names, their stories, their smiles. It’s a lovely way to begin.
St Jean Pied de Port is a special village. I had a chance to walk the walls of the city.
I will walk part way up into the Pyrenees mountains today. Thunder showers have been occurring each day so I’ll dig out my rain gear and get a move on!
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