A year ago, Becky and I woke up in Frómista as the other pilgrims were leaving. Leaving Fromista, we followed the path for 20 Km to Carrion de los Condes. Most of the path went alongside the river — Río Ucieza. The sound of the water rushing. In the morning before leaving Frómista, we went to get some food at a cafe and ran into Jack, so we spent some time with him; he showed us his book.
It is an interesting one and he seems to know quite a bit about the Camino including many facts and historical tidbits. Jack is a talker. He tells us stories in English; although it is not his first language, he speaks it very well.
At the albergue we met 3 other pilgrims-all young men including Lars. Jack is not here, so we decide he must be staying at an hostal or a hotel–enjoying the finer things in life. The kitchen is the only warm place here. so we congregate there. In addition to Lars, there is a pilgrim from Canada who is walking back from Santiago–he has been walking since October– and another young man who is from Belgium on his way to Santiago.
We went to an internet cafe and I was able to read e-mail and feel homesick! When we returned, Becky did a reiki healing on Lars’s leg. He has a huge tatoo of the Virgin Mary on his calf! I was surprised to see that. He tells us that his parents are not religious and do not understand his penchant for Mary, how since he was a child he has had this immense love for her.
The albergue feels like a convent as it no doubt served and probably still serves this purpose. The nuns walk quietly and talk in hushed tones. The place must be lively in summer. There are outdoor laundry facilities and even an area where one could eat outdoors. Not in January! It is cold!
MEDITATION FOCUS: Reiki is healing energy. I make a commitment to learn reiki when I return to San Antonio.