Category: Ruminations

Thoughts about the spiritual aspects of the Camino.

Camino Photo of the Day: Home, not a House

Simply delightful. There’s just something about this home in Villamayor del Río that caught my attention. It might be the gorgeous blue colour of the crumbling plaster, faded in time to a rustic patina. It might be the potted garden…

Camino Photo of the Day: Pretty Dresses and Rucksacks

Pilgrims and parishioners mix in the Cathedral square in Santo Domingo de la Calzada. We are but passing through, but for many of these young Catholics, they are passing through the sacrament of Confirmation and joining the Church Militant –…

Camino Photo of the Day: Bridge to the Past

I cannot remember taking this photo, and I certainly don’t know if this is part of some monument or just a plinth on a highway bridge. But for me, this image displays one of the deep strands of the Camino.…

Camino Photo of the Day: Pilgrim Wisdom

This sign is posted in the common room of the Municipal Albergue in Azofra. You will see or hear variations of this phrase all along the Camino. It’s not only a good explanation of the difference between a pilgrim and…

Camino Photo of the Day: Layers of the Onion

This is one of the reasons I love Spain’s churches so much. To orient you, you’re standing in the middle of the nave of Santa María de Viana, looking down the north transept to a side chapel – and there…

One Month On

A month ago today, May 2, we arrived in Santiago de Compostela. I still haven’t uploaded all of the photos to Flickr. Perhaps in my head this will be the action that ends the Camino, though it’s long over. I…

Re-entry

It is now eighteen days after our arrival in Santiago. I’ve been back to my previous life and job for two full weeks now. Early on, somebody asked me “how’s re-entry been?” I’m not sure I gave a coherent answer…

O Cebreiro on the Feast of St. Mark

Only 17.5 km today, but the last 8 km included a rough, rocky climb of almost 700 m as we left El Bierzo behind and entered our fourth Spanish kingdom: Galicia. We left early and had our second breakfast in…

On a Human Scale

After Rabanal, we crested the Cordillera Cantábrica at Cruz de Ferro. Traditionally, one leaves a stone at the foot of the cross there. This is the accompanying prayer:  Lord, may this stone, a symbol of my efforts on the pilgrimage…

A Sunny Afternoon 

We arrived in Rabanal del Camino three years to the day since the last time we were here, though not by any conscious design on our part. We have been walking with a young Dutchman named Stijn, and we ran…