Day Six — 5/21/17
Estella >>> Los Arcos .
While my mother and I were taking a break on the side of the road, we saw a young man coming up the way wearing flip flops and socks. He was clearly having a hard time of it, and we offered some of our food to him. He didn’t eat, but he did need a listening ear. His name was Andy, and he was from Ireland. .
He told us that he had sprained his ankle quite badly and had been laid up in the last town for several days. He was walking in flip flops because his useless expensive hiking boots came up over his ankles and were excruciating given his injury. I asked him what size shoes did he wear, and he answered a 40. I knew that was my size, so I offered him my hiking books which ended below the ankle. At the very least, maybe he could wear them instead of the flip flops! He was game to try, and so we switched boots. His boots were a little big for me, but I knew I could solve that by wearing a second pair of socks. As you can see in the pic, my boots worked well enough for Andy, too. .
When my mother and I first started walking the Camino, I was struck by the culture of radical hospitality and mutual aid that pervades the Camino. These values are present not only between peregrin@s, but with everyone that we encountered along the Camino. It’s striking to witness and experience. For me, there was no question that I was going to give Andy from Ireland my boots once I heard we were the same size. Yes, I was taking a risk breaking in another person’s boots. Yes, I could have been setting myself up for terrible blisters and more pain. Depending on how bad that could be, I could even end up dragging my mother down.
But fortunately for me, that’s not what happened. The ankle supports on his boots were just what I needed. Two pairs of socks worked fine — my rotation for washing and drying accommodated the increase easily. I never saw Andy again, but I hope my boots were as much of a godsend for him as his were for me.
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Day Six — 5/21/17
Estella >>> Los Arcos
The Fuente del Vino (the Wine Fountain) stands out in my memory. When we walked the Camino Frances, I found myself struck by how the modern world collided with the ancient world. There have been people walking the Camino, and walking the road that would become the Camino, since the days of the Roman roads. The Camino Frances was a trade route long before St. Francis made his way to Santiago de Compostela. I loved the moments when we would touch that history physically. When we used my mother’s scallop shell as a shallow cup for the wine, I felt like I was touching that history (even if this particular wine fountain only dates back to 1991). It’s a privilege to touch (taste?) time like that. I won’t soon forget it.
Day Six — 5/21/17
Estella >>> Los Arcos
Here are the flowers from this day’s walk. I had this dream on the Camino that I would be able to photograph the flowers, with geolocation stamps in the metadata, and then be able to trace them and where they flourish across the many kilometers of the Camino. I didn’t mind taking pictures of the same species — each time, I found them beautiful.
I think my favorite from this day is the plant who is growing in a crevice made by a few stones. I’ve always been stubborn and tenacious about where I put down roots — so I felt a kinship with that plant.
Virgin Protectress, Ptujska Gora
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🇪🇸 La noche de mañana será la última en la que algunos monumentos se iluminaran para conmemorar el 25 aniversario de la inclusión del Camino Francés como Patrimonio mundial de la UNESCO.
Sabes algún otro monumento o lugar que se encuentre dentro de la lista de Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO?
🇬🇧 Tomorrow night will be the last in which some monuments will be illuminated to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the inclusion of the French Way as a UNESCO World Heritage.
Do you know any other monument or place that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list?
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Day Ten of my #Mudlarking#Advent Calendar from the Thames Foreshore; Oyster shells.
Ubiquitous on mudlarks and also at many archaeological sites as they were a good food source and the harvesting of them has been taking place for thousands of years. Oyster beds are even mentioned in the Domesday Book.
The Roman élites were particularly fond of the quality of English oysters with this being mentioned in many historical records of the time. Sallust wrote the following in 50BC: “Poor Britons - there is some good in them after all - they produce an oyster.”
Many shells found on the foreshore contain either a round or square hole, the precise reasons for this being a bit of a mystery.
Theories for the holes include birds or parasites drilling through the shell to get at the oyster inside; people drilling the shell for buttons; pilgrims returning from pilgrimage using the shell as a symbol of their visit although it’s not clear why they would then throw the shell into the river on their return. Perhaps to signify the end of their spiritual journey & celebrate their homecoming?