A mountainous rural region, I have been walking two days in stunningly beautiful Galicia. It reminds me of rural Oregon, so green with an always interesting patchwork of farm fields. I generally walk alone and for the last several days have met up with Melanie at an albergue each evening. She says Galicia looks like her rural Germany, so we’ve each got an image in our minds of this kind of agricultural beauty!
Sunrise through wine country after Ponferrada was breathtaking. I remember my Aunt Carol saying once when we looked out from a high bluff over the vast Pacific Ocean in California how one couldn’t take in all the beauty at one time. It’s like that here; the beauty is bigger than the senses can perceive.
The small hamlets I pass through are infinitely charming. One hamlet is home to only three families who produce a special fresh cheese. I stopped into a bar and ordered this village’s cheese with honey drizzled over the top, a real treat during my morning walk! In fact, at the next bar I also had cheesecake made from this cheese, not very sweet, and ate my way through the day. I laugh at my own silliness and the simple daily joys!
Most of the really old tiny churches that make up the Camino Pilgrimage through the centuries are closed during the day. I still stop at each one, try the door, and say a prayer for myself and others. Touching the stones for a minute or two helps me feel united with their ancient spirit; I add my blessings and am also blessed by them.
I walk and walk, never bored by the slowly changing and riveting landscape. I can’t help pausing to take more pictures; as you can see I’ve got too many to share only one. Here is a short video of sunrise all around me.
And the cows are fun! Short video here of them walking down the rural road as we pilgrims make our way.
My cough is still with me after two weeks, a real annoyance, but I am still extremely thankful for my otherwise seemingly strong body. I have aching legs at the end of each walk, so the 18-22km (11-14 miles) seems plenty for one day’s happy effort.
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