I saw this sign advertising a Dutch Circus that is coming to town. Nothing new there, but see where it says, "Sin Animales"? That means "no animals". Hmmm... The last time I went to the circus I was so bored that I wished an elephant would step on me, and now, no animals!!! What do you do, watch clowns run around and act silly. If someone asked me to go I'd go on the following conditions:
a) it would be a BYOB affair - Bring Your Own Barretta or
b) healthy doses of LSD would be given upon entrance.
Okay, you'll love this. When you are on the Camino, the unwritten rule is that you do something to make the Camino better, that you give something back. Okay with that in mind, I was walking on the trail this morning and saw horse poop. Given that the trail wasn't marked, I made an arrow for my fellow pilgrims....out of horse poop! Now...don't say that I haven't given anything back. Actually, there is something that I've been doing since day one, but I can't tell you because that would destroy the magic of it.
Good thing there was lots of shade on the trail today because it was very hot and supposedly going to get hotter mañana. The down side is that so many pilgrims will get up at 5AM to beat the heat. I will combat it another way. I will leave at 9AM and stop earlier. Today I decided to stop 2K from my original destination because I have a feeling that it will all be full when I get there. The albergue here is 10E and has only 8 beds in a room. The South African man and wife running it are cooking dinner for everyone. The place is really beautiful. Yes, I want to buy it!!
This is the official mark of where you have to start if you want to get the Compostela, or written certificate saying that you've hiked the Camino de Santiago. I'm not that interested in the paper, but will take it unless there's a huge line to wait in to get it. I can't believe that people would write on the marker... yes I can.
Uhhhh.... tractor wins every time! Was very cute, however, as the farmer was teaching his wife to drive. They eventually stopped and we were able to pass on the side. I would not walk on the side until they turned off the tractor's motor. Yes.... bok bok!!
I am also starting to see more and more of these crosses. People leave little trinkets on them, but I don't know if it's a family thing, like a shrine, or if it's for the general public. It's not like they have an interpretive center near by.
You would never see so many people east of Leon, but since O Cebreiro, the number of pilgrims has increased tremendously. Great! I saw a man and his wife biking with a three year old girl in a bike seat. Yesterday, on the road I saw a gerry-rigged bicycle pulling a lady in a wheel chair. Good to see people chasing a dream.
That which does not kill you... hurts a lot! - SWB