6th Feb Ponferrada – Villafranca del Bierzo
Only 20 or so km today so not that tough on the feet. A couple of lovely rainbows divided the morning from the afternoon.
I felt the need to walk alone a bit today. I havn’t had many thoughts over the last day or so which to some degree is quite nice. I wondered if it had anything to do with the fact that i have been with other pilgrims over the last 2 days. I had some good conversations with Francesco. I usually feel more comfortable with Latin people for some reason. I wondered today why that might be and it occurred to me that it could be that i enjoy people with a light way about them.
Francesco suggested if i write well ( i enjoy writing but i’m not sure if i write well ) that i should write a childrens book about the Camino.
I thought if i did do this that i would make Uliana the sage type character and the pilgrim was the confused one looking for answers to endless questions.
El Camino de Uliana!
Uliana has sort of become my way of learning more Spanish phrases. I like to ask her how she is, can she see, is she tired etc in Spanish so i ask Francesco ( he speaks Spanish too ) what the words are. I’m hoping some of what i learn will stick.
Every so often when a conversation gets a bit deep amongst our little group, one of the guys likes to think he has all the answers and will often say “it’s very simple blah blah blah”. I have had this for a couple of days now and i’m getting a bit tired of it – I’ve read the same books, my old son and pondered on them equally as much. Not only am i tired of talking and thinking about it myself, i’m even more tired of hearing someone else thinking they have all the answers to every question we may ask ourselves through life.
I grow ever more tired of thinking…………..verbalising.
I need to find the courage to start doing………………… and stop talking!
The Albergue here at Villafranca del Bierzo is very famous ( legendary actually ) for it’s hands on healing owner – Jesus.
When i arrived there was a bit of public displaying of this healing, followed shortly after by an almighty row with his voluntary helper. He has images, photos of himself everywhere.
Good marketing or Ego? How tempting to go down this route?
Hard to be humble, eh!
The way seems so simple sometimes and so difficult to achieve most of the time.
So difficult to……………………just let go!
Posted from ES
posted Sat Feb 06, 2010