Today, as I walked out of the city of Burgos, it seemed like the perfect time to put on my Opera Arias playlist. You know, the high sopranos that flutter along, or belt it out with gusto….it matched the mood of the expanding landscape that is now opening up to the Spanish meseta.
Before leaving Burgos I stopped at the Monestario de Las Huelgas. Currently it is an active monestary of Cistercian nuns, and no photos are allowed inside the complex. I took a tour in Spanish to enjoy the inside because King (and Saint) Ferdinand III was crowned here in 1219 (if I remember the year correctly).
If you read the post about the Burgos Cathedral you will have something of an idea of what the inside of this ancient monestary also looked like, having been built in the same time period. Of particular interest to me was actual clothing from the 12th and 13th century, including and most thrilling: garments worn by Ferdinand III, whom Yogananda said he had been in an earlier lifetime. Whatever a spiritual Master touches will forever retain the vibration.
After the tour I walked only 12km (7.5 miles) with my opera playlist keeping me company. I was glad to stop when my town came. I had stayed later in Burgos this morning with my Camino friend, Kristin. She visited the clinic again to check her many foot blisters (she’s doing much better). It’s important to support each other on this long journey. We have a little Camino family that interacts on and off as we move along. It’s a surprise to us all how close we have become….having met a little more than a week ago. The Camino provides all kinds of wonder.
While walking alone today I remembered hearing as a child that “the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plains.” (I wonder if that is true.) However, what struck me was that it has been windy nearly every day I’ve walked in Spain, for two weeks. Ah, but of course….Don Quixote and the famous windmills…..now I more fully understand!
I arrived at a 400 year old building that used to be a wheat mill and is now a beautiful renovated albergue. Trust me: the deluxe multi-option shower alone makes the 12€ worth it.
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