Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My Camino Day 1

Day 1 Saint Jean Pied de Port to Orisson (8 km)

Should I go all the way to Roncesvalles or stop at Orisson? I could not decide until this morning. My original plan was to walk to Roncesvalles (27km), which was considered the hardest part of the Camino. When in Toronto,  Jan and others who had walked the Camino before advised me to take it easy and stop at Orisson (8 km). I finally made my mind to take a short walk for the first day of the Camino. I left SJPDP around 9 am. It was a steep uphill walk from the start and I was very glad that I listened to Jan’s wisdom. It was a strenuous but a beautiful walk. 

I met many pilgrims on the way and was surprised by how easy it is to become friends on the road. I arrived at the albergue Orisson before noon! After a pate sandwich for my lunch I washed my clothes and laid in my bed for a bit.  The albergue was full! (approx 60 people). During dinner time everyone got to introduce themselves. They are from Germany, Italy, South Korea, Japan, France, India, USA, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Swiss,  and Canada! It reminds me of the Jane and Finch community. Diversity is a gift from God. No matter where you are from, every person deserves God’s love. Buen Camino!

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