Friday, June 23, 2017

My Camino Day 20 & 21

Day 20: Villar de Mazarife to Astorga (31.5 km) 
Day 21: Astorga to Rabanal (20.6 km)

One of the best experiences of walking the Camino is meeting wonderful people on the journey. I get to meet new people everyday and learn a lot from them. Today I got up so early at 5 am, went downstairs for packing and saw a lady doing her routine stretching. She is AJ from Minnesota. I followed her and thanked her for the stretching tips.

When I stopped for breakfast I met Chiara, a 20 year old girl from Germany. I shared my story and work. She asked whether she could come to Toronto and help with the Jane Finch summer camp as a volunteer. I told her that she can stay at my house.  We also talked about faith and God. I hope she felt the presence of God and is open to God’s leading for her life.

On my way to Rabanal I met Carlos again! He is suffering from multiple blisters. Carlos and I shared a bunk bed on the second day of the Camino. He does not speak English at all. I don’t speak Italian at all. But it does not matter. We can still communicate.

As soon as I arrived in Rabanal around 12:30 pm I left my backpack along with many other backpacks in a long lineup for a bed at the Gaucelmo albergue. This popular albergue operated by a church takes only 40 pilgrims each day. I was number 29. I attended a special meeting with one of the priests serving at the church. I had a blessed time learning all about the spiritual significance of the Camino. The main message was that the purpose of walking the Camino is to meet Jesus through the life and work of St. James. 

Yes, it’s a spiritual walk each day for me. I should never forget that. Buen Camino!

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