Day seven as a Camino Pilgrim and I’m starting to feel more in the groove of it. I sense most of the other pilgrims are, too. Breathe in, breathe out, do what is good for your soul.
I walked to Villatuerte this afternoon, arriving at a relaxing albergue called La Casa Magica. It costs a bit more for a bed (14€, $17), but the beds aren’t bunked, have only six in a room, and the grounds are very peaceful for a restful afternoon. The shower was wonderful, I put my feet in a soothing Epsom salt footbaths when I arrived, it has a tiny pool, and I’m writing this while swinging in the hammock next to my Camino friend, Christine, from Sweden. I see now why the tradition of siesta is important in hot climates.
Today marks 70 miles completed, an average of about ten miles a day. I’ve also in the past week crossed the tall and foggy Pyrenees as well as the Alto de Perdón hilltop. I’m feeling stronger each day and in the coming days I will increase my distances as I can. The villages also seem to be spaced father apart now.
There are so many things along the way that are from long ago times. Europeans, with signs of ancient cultures all around, might not be as impressed, but it always catches my eye.
The trail today included walking on the old Roman road through this area. I walked some of the day alone in my thoughts and some of the day with Christine, who has lots of wisdom and good perspective. There are so many pilgrims with so many languages encountered each day….so many unique stories and motivations to be here.
I find myself enjoying the changing countryside, and stopping to say a quick prayer for my Camino (and to include those who walk along with me in spirit) at the churches as I pass, even if they are closed in the middle of the day. As we say to another Pilgrim as we pass, “Buen Camino!” (Have a good Camino!)
I promised a look at my new Camino haircut, I’ve never had it this short! Definitely much cooler.
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