Alto del Perdón
It’s official. On the fifth day of walking I pass by the well-known Alto del Perdón, with the sculpture of medieval pilgrims on their journey. I feel officially on the pilgrim journey with them!
The sculpture is on a hilltop after a long uphill walk from the beautiful valley, and the Pyrenees mountains that I have crossed, behind me.
The inscription reads:
Donde se cruza el camino del viento con el de las estrellas
Where the way of the wind meets the way of the stars.
The stars and wind are depicted above the pilgrims. Sing to the wind! I utter a prayer to the many stars that are like our goals, hopes and aspirations.
My Pilgrim shadow follows me, and I pass a wooden Pilgrim along the way.
We’ve walked to new terrain now, the land is beginning to look more Mediterranean. Soon we will be seeing vinyards.
An enjoyable walking day today, it became fairly hot in the afternoon. I checked into the 100-bed Padres Reparadores Pilgrim Hostel, costing only 5€ ($6). There are twelve beds, all with bunks, so quite a few people are in my room, and there are quite a number of rooms. The showers are hot and a relief after walking; the kitchen is large, if one wants to prepare something.
I walked into the lovely mideaval town, enjoying the streets. I looked for a place to have my hair cut, as it has felt too hot under the sunhat in the afternoon heat. I thought I found a shop; it had long beads for a doorway to allow the air flow but stop the flies. I tentatively peeked inside. A hair shop!
Waiting my turn we then discuss my needs. “Mas corto” is about all I could say, “shorter!” I got two relaxing shampoos, a haircut, another shampoo, a hairdryer treatment, and gel; a full service! It was an hour long cultural experience (I’ll post a picture of the new doo another day!).
I later went to the mass at the local church by my albergue, which I enjoyed, especially the bells ringing right before. Short video here.
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