Albergue Amanecer will likely be the most unusual albergue I will stay at along the Camino. It reminds me of the hippie days in America. It shines bright in the deep caring for all people that pass by.
I arrived here tired, having completed my longest day yet at 38.7km (24 mostly flat miles). In fact, this had completed 16 walking days and 387km (241 miles). I was feeling strong and happy but also noticed a cough coming on.
It seems inevitable on any international trip that one will get some major illness to slow things down. This is it! As I wrote in the last blog post, I awoke dizzy and nauseas. I was ready to blast out the door with my Camino family friends, but I found that I couldn’t walk straight! I asked the hospitalera if I could stay another night and with tears bid my Camino friends goodbye. One never knows, but I may not see them again.
(This albergue is incredibly unique with freezing cold teepees and cabins and even metal tubes to sleep in. I chose the dorm!)
A two night stay became three as I worsened to vomiting and diahreah (sorry, TMI). I passed out on the cold floor in the night between the bathroom and my bed. Where am I? OMG, so very weak.
(A statue in a wall niche.)
There are no accidents, no mistakes in the grand design. I experienced such loving concern by the hospitalera, Naëma, who came regularly to give me reiki energy treatments, and even explaining to me in broken English about letting go, having no expectations. I could barely focus, but I appreciated her kindness and thoughtful words. She has been the epitome of love in this special place, as well as the hospitalero who also checked in on me often. They offered to make me special tummy-friendly foods but I could only keep down small cups of warm milk.
(The resident donkey and Franceska the chicken.)
Naëma has driven me today the 10km to the next Camino village, Carrión de los Condes, where I will stay with “the singing nuns.” I offered some euro coins for the ride but she adamantly refused, saying “somos familia” – we are family.
I will decide next how best to proceed along my Camino depending on how I’m feeling as the day goes on. I give it to God. Send me some prayers! I feel your love, too.
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