Sunday, May 31, 2015

Arrival in Madrid and St Jean Pied-dePort

BACK AT HOME AND USING MY COMPUTER, I AM ABLE TO GET INTO MY BLOG I will try and reconstruct my Camino .....

April 27-28 We arrive in Madrid

Morning came ...

I waited in the airport near the arrival area where there is an all night snack bar, tables and benches - many travelers in transit catch a bit of sleep. When I woke up I found a neighbor with backpack and shell - a sign of the pilgrim. After he woke up we chatted. Antonio from Verona, Italy was headed home after completing the Camino. In true pilgrim fashion he shared a tip about an "albergue" (the Camino term used for hostels along the pilgrimage path) in Santiago.

When Kathleen, Trish and Jackie arrived, we caught a taxi to the train station and after a short time boarded a train to Pamplona. Our excitement was high as the pilgrimage we had been planning for a year and a half was becoming a reality. Once off the train we needed to get transportation to our starting point, St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France in the foothills of the Pyrenees. We noticed two young women with backpacks and asked if they were also heading to St. Jean. They were, and we agreed to go together in a van, another pilgrim moment of sharing, and their knowledge of Spanish helped us with the cabbie. We passed his home on the way and he honked for his family!

In time we found ourselves in the beautiful town of St. Jean Pied-de-Port and walked up the cobblestone street to our albergue and the pilgrim office.

 ... and evening followed on the day of getting there.

... And it was good.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

almost time to go

almost time to go - I'll bring all of you with me. We will journey together, because that is what we already have been doing. Life is a journey, a pilgrimage. Whoever we meet, in person, in prayer, in history, in our ancestry, comes along in some way, so there will be a cloud of witnesses and companions.

I ask your blessing and prayers for my sisters, cousin and me as we finish the preparation time and embark on the walking segment of our Camino.