Water fountain in square by the albergue
Every Neighborhood Has a Square - Every Square Has a Prominent Cross
Entrance to a cemetery
Leaving Town on the High Road
49 kilometers to Santiago - Note St Gianna Prayer Card on Top
One of our intents on the Camino was to spread the word about Saint Gianna Bretta Molla - so we had been handing out prayer cards we had printed - to everyone we met - leaving at most of the albergues we stayed at - underneath the cash tip we left at restaurants and cafes. When we finally got to the 50 kilometer marker - we started leaving the cards at every way marker that was accessible - one every half kilometer - by the time we reached Santiago - we had distributed over 150 prayer cards on these markers. After we reach Santiago we continued on to Finistre and left the final cards there - all totaled - we distributed 600 prayer cards. Some of these cards were left in the prayer card racks in various churches - so with God's blessing - a lot of people will have been introduced to one of our more modern saints.
Rocks stacked together - the water runs between and under them - bridge
Slippery when wet
Serve yourself fruit stand - honor system
Camino shell everywhere
Flowers or weeds?
Tree surrounded by house - needs renovation
Outdoor Mass for German pilgrim group
Cows watching Mass - Holy Cows
40 Km way marker complete with stones & prayer card
Approaching town - Medieval wall - albergue - dinner
Restaurant sign promoting octopus - Pilgrim Menu - Raciones - a plate of tapas - snacks
Cooking Paella outside the restaurant - the smell attracts customers
At this point we had three more days left to walk to the Cathedral at Santiago to reverence the bones of Saint James. We tried the paella and the pulperia/octopus - paella was ok - not a fan of octopus - tended to be very rubbery - very difficult to cook so we were told. Just because we have a difficult experience or mediocre meal does not mean that we immediately reject in the future. Bad prayer experience? Try another. Religion - spirituality is not a one size fits all - as individuals - God comes to as in ways that connects with our spirit - not necessarily with all. For each there is a WAY - not identical - rather similar.